How to Avoid “iPod Burnout”

iPod On Fire

It's inevitable: when you get used to great entertainment, you become easily bored.

If, after all, you're used to watching television shows on demand, sitting around and reading a book might feel a little slow to you. If you're an iPod addict and are used to watching a television show while listening to music while playing the Xbox while logged on to the Internet, then you may have some more serious entertainment problems.

It's easy to avoid "iPod burnout," but you'll have to follow the tips and suggestions in this article if you want to understand how it all works in the first place.

As you'll see at the iTunes page, it's not hard these days to find "everything you need to be entertained." Downloading iTunes for free onto your computer - even without the help of a portable iPod - allows you to access just about anything you could want, from TV and movies to the latest musical masterpieces. In other words, it's a time waster extraordinaire, and if you're not careful, you could develop a serious case of iPod burnout - which, technically, is not a medical problem. Yet.

To avoid getting so easily bored when you're not around your iPod, we recommend these tips.

Take extended breaks from your iPod. The simple fact is that if you're used to your iPod, you're going to be pretty desensitized to a lot of forms of entertainment. It might take a really funny TV shows these days to even illicit a chuckle out of you, whereas television in the 1950's might have seemed more laugh-out-loud hilarious. The reason is simple: you're just too used to good stuff.

The solution? Get un-used to it! Take extended breaks from your iPod. Go days and even weeks without one. The occasional forays into more pure and traditional types of entertainment will help you recalibrate your systems - your biological systems, that is, not your electronic ones - so that you don't have to have an iPod sending sound into your ear just to fall asleep comfortably. If you find yourself going through a little bit of "iPod withdrawal" during these rest periods, then you know you're doing the right thing.

Don't multi-task. Multi-tasking seems fun, but it can actually drain you pretty good. After all, you can't really multi-task that well: you have to concentrate on one thing, don't you? Having music in the background can be pleasant, but if it's booming directly into your ears, then maybe it's not exactly the kind of background music you should be going for.

When you use your iPod, try not to multi-task. The iPod is nice to bring along on a workout because you'd rather concentrate on music or audio when you're losing fat. But in many other cases, you can manage to feel less insane simply by cutting down on your iPod usage. If you're going to watch a TV show, actually watch it: don't turn it on and then start e-mailing friends.

Keep deleting old stuff. You can really avoid iPod burnout by keeping your content fresh: in other words, keeping it new all the time. Don't just gather new songs and the latest widescreen TV shows - delete the old ones. Of course, don't delete the ones you paid money for, but if you find that you uploaded an album that you never listen to, do yourself a favor and get rid of it. The simpler you keep things with your iPod, the better. It will be easier to find what you're looking for and you won't feel like your iPod has become that one room in your house that you're afraid to clean.