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.
Leaving Bluetooth and Wifi On
Even when they aren't synced up to a specific device, Bluetooth and Wifi are colossal power drains, as devices regularly cast about for a suitable connection, flooding their surroundings with radio waves. Toggling these features off when they aren't in use will extend the capacity of batteries dramatically, and lengthen their overall life. It's not an obscure, menu-diving operation, either – click on the Bluetooth or Wifi icon at the top of your computer screen, or swipe to your settings from nearly any screen on an Android or iOS device, and tap the features off.
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