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.
Never Backing Up Photos
Unless you back up the images on your phone, you're one fumble away from losing them forever. The same goes for shots stored solely on a standalone camera's memory card or a computer, but smartphones are the worst offenders. Since transferring photos can be tedious and user-unfriendly, make backups a scheduled task, setting aside an hour every few months to copy files onto a dedicated hard drive, cloud storage service, or both. It's aggravating, but far less than the alternative.
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