(This is Arthas the cat.)
It’s been a few weeks since I closed my Netflix account and a sad yet predictable thing has happened. I stopped using my Apple TV. In the past, I would come home, put my feet up and click on my Apple TV. But as I recently realized. The only reason I turned on my little black box, that was snuggled next to my very big flat screen, was to watch Netflix.
Apparently, I had no other use for my little companion. When I broke up with Netflix it broke my Apple TV. I seriously, haven’t turned it on since I canceled my Netflix account.
I suppose this is evidence of things to come. How many things have we purchased mainly to compliment another device or service? I had not thought about removing the Apple TV from my life and the universe in its all knowing wisdom has made that choice for me.
Look around your house, how many things can you remove? Then how many more things can you remove because the only reason it exists in your life is that it compliments some other device.
Today was one of the hardest days of my life. I decided to end one of the longest relationships that I have ever committed to. Netflix.
As a minimalist, I have a great need to reduce, to simplify and thus to end. It’s not that Netflix is expensive, at around ten dollars a month, the cost is something that I don’t even consider. Sadly, the reason I decided to end this multiyear relationship is that Netflix is no longer bringing value to the relationship.
I have power watched all the TV shows that I even remotely find interesting. I have seen all the movies that I added to my “list” years ago. In some cases, I have rewatched entire series multiple times.
Every month usually one movie is added that I would actually burn two hours watching, but only one. Now Disney will be pulling all their programs from Netflix, I can already see a void appearing, one similar to Hulu. I can honestly see the end of Netflix on the horizon.
I felt sad as I clicked the button to end my subscription. However, now there is one less attachment, one less distraction and one more reason to go outside.
(I don’t have a photo of my iPad, so here are some clouds. Taken in Colorado.)
I really love using my iPad. It’s lightweight. It’s fast. It’s thin. It fits under my driver seat and no creepers looking in can see it, even if they stare hard. I pair it with a very nice keyboard from Brydge. (NOT an Affiliate link, just a link.)
I find that using the touchscreen with my fingers is the most natural input for a device I could use. I have tried the touch screens that came with an Alienware and Razer laptops that I purchased. The touch was not very good when you compare it to an iPhone or an iPad. They are just optimized a whole lot better.
Unfortunately, the iPad is still not at a place that can replace my desktop or laptop computers. The first issue is the serious lack of apps. I know this sounds idiotic to say since the Apple app store is a massive powerhouse. But, when it comes to the iPad, this statement is true. I strongly believe that the developers of apps just don’t care about the iPad.
Which is hilarious considering the Apple push to make the iPad the replacement for the laptop and desktop. But, still, the app store for iPad is missing a large portion of popular apps that are core apps on the iPhone. Instagram? Nope. Popular banking apps? Missing.
Could we live without certain apps on the iPad? Well, we are already handling it. Here is the major issue with going without certain apps. Those companies that neglect the iPad also have iPad unfriendly websites. This is what happens when you go to some websites that have not been optimized for mobile, you get a mix of errors ranging from “You are trying to access this site from a mobile device. Please try again from a desktop computer. ” to “If you would like to continue please connect from a desktop computer.” In today’s world not having a mobile-friendly website is a disgrace. (I’m looking at you State Farm.)
Could an iPad replace a laptop? Yes, it could. Just not right now. I believe most people still need the same apps that are on their phone to be available on their iPads, they also need 100% mobile-friendly websites across the internet. Until that day, iPads will be just what mainstream media tells us they are, an overpriced Netflix watching extra screen we occasionally use to Google random questions on.
Here is a test. Delete every social app from your phone, from your tablet or from your computer. Now, continue with your day. If you can make it through one day without a nervous breakdown then I applaud you. If you can make it through two days then you, my friend are a rockstar at self-control.
Deleting the apps is just the first step. If you can make it through a full week of social app detox then it would be a good time to decide if you really need any of those services at all. I strongly believe that the Facebook and Twitters of the world will not miss you when you leave the service. So lets put it to the test. Log into any of your favorite social time wasters and quickly click on the settings tab, don’t get sidetracked by all the blinking distractions!
I’m trusting you here to retain your self-control and to get through this as quickly as possible. In the settings area click on Delete My Account. Go ahead I’ll wait.
If you made it this far I can only assume that you are reading along and are seriously contemplating doing exactly what I’m describing in this post or you are actually working along with what I’m saying and you just clicked Delete My Account. Either way, I’m very proud of you.
Many people don’t know or don’t consider social apps to be an addiction, but they are. They are the biggest time wasters on the planet currently. Everyone that has access to a modern smartphone is addicted to the device and the apps that connect them to the internet.
At first glance, there is nothing wrong with the technology that has made the world a smaller more informed place. But the side effects of social apps, in particular, are destroying the human race. People have become dependent on the constant flow of information from the other social addicts that they call “friends”.
My hope is that my readers will break free from the modern day slavery and find the disconnect that they need.
This is the first post in a new direction.
I have decided to focus once again on blogging and minimalism and travel and anything else that sparks my fancy. After all, this is my personal blog. I’m not using this to promote any business or sell books or to convince anyone that I’m an expert in any particular field. This is just me. The raw me.
I have deleted all previous post. (Google will hate me.)
I have changed the theme back to something simple instead of the Genesis Framework. Make no mistake about it Genesis has served me well for many years and I’m still very fond of the theme styles, I’m just a hardcore minimalist at heart and I need to remove clutter from time to time, and it’s that time.
And now I have made my first post, again.