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 Shutting Down Your Computer
A computer that never shuts down is the equivalent of a compulsive hoarder, frantically piling disk caches, temporary files, and other digital garbage throughout its system. Putting the machine to sleep halts this junk-gathering process, but doesn't purge it. To prevent your computer from gradually slowing under the growing burden of its own waste, simply restart or fully shut the thing down.
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