• 2016/11/18

Internet Browsing: I Don’t Wear Matching Socks

Life is short.  So I choose to unburden myself  and I just pick the first two socks I find in my drawer.  It’s not that I’m trying to take a stand or anything, nobody sees your socks anyways. What really matters is trying to figure out why we do what we do. Is wearing a matching pair of socks something imposed on us by society? Or is it something we do naturally without paying attention to the time it takes to make that decision and what the results are?

I have been into technology for two thirds of my life and I also spend two thirds of my time awake on my computer or smartphone. Following this line of thinking, I find there are many similar habits we pick up when we use the internet.  These are a few habits I have acquired throughout the years while I browse on the internet.

Never closing any tabs

The tab bar on Chrome is a kind of internet mirror where I can see the present and also look into the past.  It’s similar to the stacks of documents you would find in offices during the 80’s and 90’s, but nowadays deciding what to keep and what to discard is only a click away.  Keeping all my tabs is not laziness.  It’s practical! I can go back in time whenever I want without searching through the browser’s long and indescifrable history list.

Watching Youtube on 1.25xmorph

Watching videos on the internet can take up a lot of time but what if I told you you could watch 15 more minutes an hour?  It’s a tempting offer that few would say no to. That’s why I never watch any videos without changing the speed to 1.25x.  The variation of pitch in the audio track is barely noticeable and I can increase the amount of information my brain processes by 25%! Sometimes I even speed it up to 1.5x, but I find that this is a bit of a stretch.

Not trusting ads or websites with bad designs

Most of the times, poor quality in the design (or the information architecture) will be a clear indication that we are browsing a scam site or one full of malware. With every click on the internet we are giving our support (and a certain backing) to the web page or platform. So I avoid every page that employs pop-up windows or any other dirty trick to generate one more click and make money with their banners.

All this may sound crazy, but as a full-time information technology user it’s my duty to take the necessary precautions with my precious time and even my personal data. This is a silent revolution, one I find myself fighting daily.