Why “App Addiction” Doesn’t Equal “Productivity”

Ever had a bad self-checkout experience at the grocery store? You scan an item, and the screen reads:

REQUIRES MANAGER APPROVAL.

You call the manager, but they can’t override the firewall. So, they call a developer. The developer has to hack into the mainframe, but they need a secret code from NASA. Thus, the cycle continues.

Let’s face it, technology, powerful though it may be, doesn’t always make us more productive. So, before our robot overlords find out, watch this short video. We’ll discuss the perils of app addiction and how the most powerful tools aren’t always the downloadable variety.

Click to tweet this: The most powerful app in the world isn’t found online. It’s found between your ears. @DaveCrenshaw

Video transcript:

Occasionally people ask me, “What app do you recommend and install?” And then they’re surprised when I say, “None.” In fact, app addiction—the need to constantly get new technology—I believe is the cause of a lack of productivity in our day.

People think that by installing a new app or getting a new smartphone or installing some piece of software in their computer will suddenly make them productive. The reality is it’s living true principles that makes you more productive, regardless of the tool you use.

For instance, I teach that it’s important to gather unprocessed items into one place. Whether you use Evernote or a physical notepad doesn’t matter, as long as you live that principle.

So, I’d like you to share in the comments section below: what’s one app or piece of technology that you got, that didn’t make you more productive?

Also, if you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future video, ask that in the comments section below.

Thanks for watching and may you stay focused on true principles.

Join the conversation: What’s one app or piece of technology that you got, that didn’t make you more productive?

I respond to every question and comment. So, please, join the conversation!


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6 Archived Responses to “Why “App Addiction” Doesn’t Equal “Productivity””

  1. Maggie says:

    I tried close to 10 different list making apps but the one that makes me the most productive and organized as a gathering point is the one that came free with my phone!

    • That’s pretty funny, Maggie …. and very common!

      Instead of going out searching for new apps, we should first try to learn how to use the tools we already have in front of us.

  2. Peter W. says:

    Dear Dave
    What on earth are you on about? Firewalls and NASA ? At a check out?

    • Hi, Peter. This is satire. I see you’re from across the pond, and I’m exaggerating a very common experience for us in the states. Maybe they’ve got self-checkout set up more effectively in the UK? Here it’s a regular exercise in frustration.

  3. Adam says:

    In trying to keep God’s Word in front of me everyday, I’ve downloaded apps, had it tested to my phone, even had prerecorded passages called to my phone audibly. But nothing has brought that level of joy and excitement as just sitting down on my couch for 15-20 minutes and digging into a well-marked up, paper Bible.
    I find I’ll stick with things that are enjoyable, even if there are more convenient ways.

    • Thanks for sharing your very personal example, Adam.

      In learning and study, there is another potential factor called context-dependent memory and/or state-dependent memory. It’s a fascinating field, and wikipedia has some good information about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Context-dependent_memory and also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-dependent_memory

      In short, where you are and the tools you used (in this case, your “well-marked up, paper Bible”) can greatly influence how powerful a learning and recall experience is for you.

      This may mean that someone who previously studied using a smartphone Bible could potentially see more value in using the same smartphone, rather than the physical copy.

      In the end, what matters most is what works best for you!