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.
Compulsively Charging Your Devices
The lithium-ion batteries in your devices are dying, one charge cycle at a time. Yes, each recharge essentially burns away some of the battery's internal chemical processes. That steady march towards obsolescence can be slowed, though, by knowing when to pull the plug. Phones and tablets that get a compulsive, 5 percent burst of power from a car charger or workplace outlet still lose a full cycle, and laptops that stay plugged into the wall are steadily eating through cycles, while also heating those batteries, further shortening their lifespans. To stave off the inevitable, charge devices to full, run them close to empty, and repeat.
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