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Break your tech addiction–Measure your VMI

on April 12, 2013


All of the conference details, the ones you care about, and the ones you don’t—Part 4

Saturday morning started with the final plenary, “The Digital Diet: the four-step plan to break your tech addiction.”  The title of the plenary is also the title of a book written by the speaker, Daniel Sieberg.  Daniel is a tech expert for Google.  His talk was very interesting, and his book is now on my list to read.  One really interesting thing that he talked about that I wanted to share with you is a VWI index.  A Virtual Weight Index, which is basically how much your body is weighed down by technology.

His formula can be found here or you can do it with me now:

For every…

Smart phone you own, add 3 points

Social Network you use, add 4 points

Laptop you own, add 1 point

Tablet or iPad like device you own, add 2 points

E-mail account you use, add 2 points

Cell phone texting service you use, add 5 points

Online role-playing game log-in you use, add 7 points

Desktop computer you own, add 1 point

E-book reader you have, add 1 point

Digital camera you have, add 1 point

Additional gadget you own that requires a charger but doesn’t fall into any of these categories, add 1 pt

Blog you write or comment on, add 2 points


Here’s my VWI

No smart phone—0

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Google+–16

One Dell Laptop—1

No tablet device—0

Personal email, blog email, work email—6

No texting service—0

No online role playing game—0

No desktop computer—0

One Kindle—1

Two digital cameras—2

No additional gadget—0

Write two blogs, consistently comment on 2 blogs—8


My Virtual Weight Index—34

What’s your VMI?


After the plenary the schedule was workshop, lunch, workshop.  Unfortunately, both workshops were meh and I didn’t learn anything (the first time all week, and I was extra disappointed since it was the last day) and I had Taco Bell for lunch.  It was a very unexciting, uneventful afternoon.  But since I enjoyed the morning Plenary so much I guess it worked out.

Tune in next time for the last and final part of this epic mini-blog-series.  It will be about my favorite part of the week!


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