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Fight Tech with Tech: Take Control of Your Digital Environment

Pamela Fox
July 18, 2018
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Fight Tech with Tech: Take Control of Your Digital Environment

Taking a break from your always-connected computer and phone can do wonders for your state of mind. But what happens when you inevitably return to the digital realm, and find yourself in a world of advertisements, polarized comment threads, and endless sources of instant gratification? Good news: there's an app for that! Actually, there are a growing number of tools to help you personalize your internet experience to be better for your mental health -- and if there isn't one that meets your needs, you just might be able to code one yourself.

Pamela Fox

July 18, 2018
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  1. TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR
    DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT
    FIGHT TECH WITH TECH!

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  2. Me & Tech: We go way back…
    Middle school High school College

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  3. 2016: It was time to retreat…
    …for 4 months!
    nyingmainstitute.com

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  4. Watching the mind while…
    Meditating
    Sweeping
    Washing Dishes
    Yoga’ing
    Painting
    Eavesdropping

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  5. Eavesdropping
    Yes,

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  6. I want to be
    A Good Person©
    I want to
    feel safe!
    Why, mind, why?

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  7. CHANGE MY ENVIRONMENT!
    It was time to…

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  8. Ah, the sound of silence…

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  9. What did I learn?

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  10. BACK TO THE
    REAL WORLD
    - Oh noes!
    Retreat over -

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  11. BACK TO THE
    REAL WORLD
    Friends!
    Dancing!
    Costumes!

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  12. I was avoiding one thing….

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  13. TECHNOLOGY IS A TOOL
    Why not both?
    And tools can be used for good or bad.

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  14. Coding is so fun!

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  15. Except when…
    Agghhh,
    this is hard.

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  16. DISTRACTION TIME!
    Just A Tab Away

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  17. They lure you in…

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  18. …whether you like it or not
    humanetech.com/app-ratings

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  19. CHANGE MY ENVIRONMENT!
    It was time to…

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  20. No News is
    Good News
    (for me)
    sudo vi /etc/hosts

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  21. “Never read comments on the internet.”
    - Someone Famous
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hide-comments-everywhere/bmhkdngdngchlneelllmdennfpmepbnc

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  22. Bye bye, News feed!
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kill-news-feed/hjobfcedfgohjkaieocljfcppjbkglfd

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  23. YouTube
    “Recommendations”, everywhere!

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  24. Ah, white space!
    ytd-browse[role="main"][page-subtype="home"] #contents {
    visibility: hidden !important;
    }
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-unhooked/fkhfakakdbjcdipdgnbfngaljiecclaf

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  25. Medium
    But I just came here to write…

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  26. Aw, how kind of you to ask!
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chaldheffndbdmcoehdjhdllpnchffdo

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  27. Twitter
    Okay, so I’m anti-social…

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  28. Mirror media!
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/imcokhibdjkdgepeadnipppignmnicnb

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  29. Tech to Fight Tech
    There’s so much more…
    habitlab.stanford.edu
    humanetech.com

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  30. TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR
    DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT
    FIGHT TECH WITH TECH!
    P.S. You can also use non-tech to fight tech, like meditative and
    attention training practices, but that’s a talk for another day….

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