Tech Tips to Clean Up Your Technology Use
Posted byAlicia Trent
Technology has become a routine part of life. Our attention is frequently driven by email alerts, smart apps, and Facebook updates, among other tech devices. But too much technology use can become burdensome and make you feel overwhelmed. This year, take some time to clean up your technology footprint and get those apps organized. Use these tech tips to help you get started.
Break Up with Fake Facebook Friends
Do you really need 2,000 Facebook friends? An overload of Facebook connections means your news feed is swollen with random updates from people you may not have seen or spoken to in years. A study published by Royal Society Open Science found that the majority of Facebook friends are not your real friends. People can only maintain about 150 stable relationships.1
Too many “friends,” and you miss out on news from loved ones you actually care about. Take a moment to scroll your Facebook friends list and make a mental list of who is truly a friend and who is a distant acquaintance or friend of your cousin’s ex-boyfriend. Don’t feel bad about unfriending. (They probably don’t read your posts, anyway. No offense.) If you feel too guilty about unfriending, simply unfollow and you’ll no longer get their posts in your feed.
Reduce Email Overload
Organizing and downsizing your email account or accounts (because you totally have more than one) are tech tips to live by. It’s common for inboxes to bulge at the seams with thousands emails. The result is frustration when trying to find that one urgent memo needle in a haystack. Going through your email today to weed out unimportant and old emails will save you time tomorrow. If you’re unsure whether to trash or keep something, categorize it in a folder and label accordingly. Forbes suggests these three online tools to help you regain control of your inbox.
Scale Back Your Apps
At the time, Snapchat, Flappy Bird, Mega Flashlight, and that app that transforms you into an old lady all seemed like the next best thing that you HAD to download. Now, the dozens of apps living on your phone are taking up too much space and you can barely take a photo without having to delete one because of storage overflow. Take a deep breath and tighten up those apps!
Especially wise tech tips: If you haven’t used the app in months or used it only once or twice, delete that sucker. Keep only the phone apps you use daily or weekly. Also, consider consolidating similar apps. Instead of having Snapchat and Instagram, pick your favorite of the two and use just one as your photo-sharing platform.
Minimize Social Media Accounts
The same goes for social media accounts that have become orphans on your computer. When is the last time you used Twitter? Is your LinkedIn account even remotely up to date? Spend some time cleaning up your social media accounts. If you’re unsure if you want to leave an account forever, some sites, such as Facebook, allow you to suspend your account temporarily and then come back later. Make sure to erase account multiples (if you aren’t using them): for example, if you created a Twitter in college, but then established a new Twitter just for work and a third Twitter just for family. If too many of the same account is giving you a headache, reduce to one account and move on with your life.
Follow these tech tips and you’ll feel more organized in just a few hours.
1Dunbar, R.I.M. “Do online social media cut through the constraints that limit the size of offline social networks?” Jan. 20, 2016. Royal Society Open Science. http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/3/1/150292.
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On March 31, 2017