The following blog is an assignment for my EOTC class.
It is hard to modify your online habits. When I just had a desktop computer, I would go several days without turning it on. Now using my iPad or my phone is just too convenient. When I get out of bed in the morning, I grab my iPad so I can read the news or partipate in the #bfc530 twitter chat. It seems that there is always something to do online. I noticed this and try to schedule some down time. Social media can consume way too much of my time. I try to only log in every few days to Facebook, but I use twitter daily. So I try to limit my time on twitter to a burst in the morning and a little in the evening.
One way I am modifying my online habits is by putting my iPhone and iPad on charge in the evenings. I keep the charger in my bedrooms I am less likely to have it within reach during family time and meals.
The best thing students and teachers can do is to schedule their online time in advance. One thing I did with my schedule was to schedule my online times before an offline activity that I would not miss. For example, I would plan to check my email right before breakfast. Then I was less likely to stay online and continue working.