We live in such an amazing time. Notwithstanding all the challenges and issues associated with technology and the ways in which some of this stuff can have damaging effects on us,1 there’s just some very cool benefits as well.
Over the past few years, I’ve had more than one occasion to be stuck with a technical problem and not really quite sure what to do or even where to start. Out with the YouTube and you just wouldn’t believe how many obscure things have been videoed by some kind person. Whether it’s how to replace some tubing in a Yaris behind the dashworks, or fix a pool cleaner that has suddenly stopped work and the impeller needs to be cleared, or trying to figure out something obscure in a fancy car, or some tips on a specific Python programming problem, or unpacking some philosophy concept, or a review of some cycling or running gear, or some motivation, or pretty much whatever… I have just been amazed that no matter what you need help with, some lovely person out there has filmed a clip. And it’s there for you, free.
Yes, there are many darksides to the internet, but this is one very bright positive. It’s pretty amazing and not to be taken for granted.
A couple of recent reads which both discuss the issues and provide some solid recommendations on how to address are Newport C. Digital minimalism: Choosing a focused life in a noisy world. Penguin; 2019 and Burkeman O. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2021. ↩