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 Closing Browser Tabs
This one is simple – the more browser tabs you have open, the more work your device is doing. The effect is more noticeable on a computer than a phone or tablet, as forgotten tabs mount and the fans start to kick in (always a sign of heavy-duty processor activity), but even mobile devices tend to spend energy and memory keeping Web pages ready to view. To increase battery life and decrease stress on other components, kill old tabs.
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