This is a fantastic essay. I could quote just about the whole thing but this is probably my favorite part:
“My world is laden with bad tools, because my culture is simultaneously obsessed with productivity and novelty. It is a perfect vector for fixation, because the failure of a tool only feeds the desire for new tools. Meaning, I get to feel honorable in my vigilant search for productivity while scratching my itch for novelty.”
Frank’s point is that tools are only as effective as the people who use them, which is why when people ask me about apps and programs, I always swing back to the idea that a program is only as good as the user’s commitment to using it. There’s no magic app that’s going to improve your life on its own. There are only apps that will help you improve your own life.