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14 Bad Tech Habits to Break in 2014

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Many of us enjoy the outdoors to avoid technology, yet even today’s simplest smartphones can give directions, help locate tree stands, assure we have a camera for a great hero shot, and summon help with field dressing. Phones are also a great safety tool to assure others that we’ve arrived safely or need to hunt just a few more minutes. On the dark side, technology can become addictive and bring those elements of modern life into the outdoors, where they are most unwelcome. Steven Bertoni writes for Forbes magazine, for which he covers technology, entrepreneurs, and billionaires — a bit off the hunting focus, yet his recent Bad Tech Habits blog entry raises some good points that related to technology in the outdoors:

664c42d0c37a79aaa77c2644db63585b[1]Thanks to smartphones, cloud technology and social networks, we can take the Internet with us everywhere these days. The down side — we can take the Internet with us everywhere these days. We are a society tethered to our devices. Apple AAPL -0.45% played on this recently with a tear-jerker of a holiday commercial. But as clever as Apple marketing is, very few teenagers (or any of us for that matter) with faces glued to iPhones use the smartphone to create touching family moments. Most are only texting or surfing the Web.

So as we reflect on the life changes we hope to make in 2014, I asked my digitally astute colleagues at FORBES to share their technology New Years Resolutions. Below are bad technology habits we want (both ourselves, and others) to break in 2014.Good luck.

1) I will stop checking email before bed, right when I wake up and in bed in general…

Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.