My age: 23, Female
Occupation: Mechanical Engineering student
Time Zone: USA Pacific
Preferred method of contact:
Some sort of privacy-protected voice call system. Text communication feels too much like texting and can lead to the dreaded multitasking. If that is not possible, then long emails or sending each other forms. Just anything that doesn’t need to be checked for notifications every 12 seconds.
Partner should have a similar view about depression and internet/technology problems:
We should agree that most of our problems are overwhelmingly environmental and fully (permanently) curable. I really don’t like the “I have a permanent brain disease and will be a depressed addict forever” mentality that is all too common.
We should also agree that our technology problems are related to larger life problems (which have concrete solutions).
Specific Accountability partner tasks:
Build actionable plans for alternative-to-tech activities together. Also prevent each other from the sweet irony of binge-researching low tech activities…on the internet.
Take important “Initial” steps (such as downloading and installing blocker software, etc) together, such that we do not succumb to the above “research” binges.
Hold ourselves to some sort of daily schedule/planning system. Goal is to leave no “free time”, which always turns to surfing.
Possibly figure out concrete, actionable solutions to our bigger life problems in order to reduce stress (which often leads to surfing).
find out ways to obtain actually needed information about behavior change/ habits/ addiction etc, without it becoming a rabbit hole. ( I’m guilty of obsessively reading productivity blogs and whatnot.)