Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Talk Back Tuesday: Do gadgets get in the way of your creativity?


I know only a handful of people who do not own a cell phone and sometimes I envy them. I, like most people these days, own a smartphone. 

Many people also own tablets and laptop computers, though probably not as many that own smartphones. 

While these devices can be utilized for many practical functions, they can also easily be used as a distraction. 

Checking email, social media updates, and playing games are great for killing time. But they can also kill time. As in, “Where did the last three hours go? I remember opening the Vine app and the next thing I know, it’s dark outside, I’ve missed dinner and now Johnny Carson, er, Jimmy Fallon is saying goodnight.”

Sound familiar? So what do you think that does to your creativity? Are you more or less creative around your devices? 

I will occasionally use a note taking app, but still prefer to put pencil to paper to write. Most of my art is done with a paintbrush or a pencil but I will occasionally use digital apps like Procreate to help sketch out the next stage of a project. 

Do you have any favorite apps that encourage creativity? 

4 thoughts on “Talk Back Tuesday: Do gadgets get in the way of your creativity?

  1. I’ve learned to use the Do Not Disturb on my phone. Otherwise every linked computer, iPad and device in the house continuously beeps, buzzes, rings and pings incessantly while I’m trying to work. Callers can leave a message if they want to talk to me.

  2. Do you remember Myst? Seminal game for the Macintosh. It was known for being a temporal sponge, a blackhole into which marriages and friendships were lost. And I experienced a stupidly painful injury known as myst-wrist caused by hours pushing the ancient single button Mac mouse around a pad.
    After Myst, I was mindful of the time sink that my computer could become and I have been wary of my susceptibility to an application’s siren call ever since.
    The iPhone is a bit different. It is fetish and it is friend. Embodying the spirit of powerful and unseen beings, it elicits unquestioning respect and awe. As long as it’s charged. As long as there’s service.

  3. I recently starting reading Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, and although only 50 or so pages into it, I admire the fact that so many of the characters kept detailed diaries and journals. Indeed, it was 1933 and there were no electronic devices to distract them, but what a treasure those entries are in conveying to 21st century readers the atmosphere of the times, the personalities of the players, day-to-day events, and the writers’ reflections on it all.

    Of course I use my gadgets as much as the next guy, but how different things might be if we all had the time and lack of distractions to diary the way people did in times gone by!

  4. Turning off my internet does wonders for my productivity… unless I am looking for reference photos.

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