Some compulsions come from urban legends – that never shutting down your computer, for example, means never forcing it to make the processor-straining effort to turn itself back on. Others are fully unconscious, such as papering your PC desktop with saved files and wondering why it's suddenly stuttering or crashing, or charging your phone whenever you're near an outlet, and later complaining about your plummeting battery capacity. Here are some of the most common maladaptive tech habits, and the easiest ways to break them.
Avoiding Software Updates
Computers and mobile devices are now trained to nag, pinging the user with weekly or even daily requests to update loaded software. The instinct to ignore these is understandable, and problematic – updates can not only protect your system from malicious attacks, but keep its various parts compatible with one another. If nothing else, commit to a weekly round of updates (for the low, low price, most likely, of a few minutes of watching progress bars).
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