Addiction is not a light subject, and I do not intend on diving into the nuts and bolts of that today. But what I am going to do in today's video, is share something very honest from my own life. I share my own journey through smartphone/technology addiction, and how it stopped me in my tracks. Currently I am about 75% unplugged, thankfully. It has not been an easy ride.
I have always had a very addictive type of personality. I do/start something, and I cannot stop until i either finish, or burn myself out so much that my body stops working.
I have always been a perfectionist in my life, and to this day, it is something i must always be aware of keeping in check. Left to its own devices, and it will run my life. I know this, because it has happened many times.
When the topic of smartphone addiction is brought up, it is usually seen as a funny and harmless situation. We rarely view the incessant, frantic checking and scrolling on our phones as something negative. We do not question the internal twitches it starts to program in, such as randomly unlocking your phone and hitting the facebook app for the 34th time in the last 2 hours.
The truth of the matter is, it is psychologically very damaging behavior that is not being tackled or even confronted, due to the overwhelming presence that technology has in everyone's day to day life. It has been fully accepted, embraced, and even more worryingly...CELEBRATED!
It is seen as the norm now to be mindlessly scrolling through snapchat when you are on public transport, rather than just sitting there, doing nothing.
In fact, being bored, and doing nothing, is something that people born in the 2000s know absolutely nothing about. I would even stretch that demographic into the 90s kids also. These days, babies who cannot even speak yet....know how to navigate a goddamn iPad.
Dont get me wrong though. I am hugely thankfully for the internet and technology for many reasons. It allows me to reach you, to fulfill my work, to travel and live wherever I please, and to lifestyle design effortlessly. There are many incredibly upsides such as staying in contact with loved ones who are miles apart. But, as with everything wonderful, if it is overdone and disrespected, it will have your ass for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
We are not taught how to interact with technology. This is the dangerous side. My desire with unplugging (besides my work of course) was fueled by seeing how the older generations interact with the internet. People such as your mother or father, for the most part, use the wonderful aspects of the web, PURPOSEFULLY. They use it to achieve something specific. When it is achieved, the turn it off and return to themselves and life around them.
As a society, we are sick! Disconnected from our own bodies, minds, and instinctual selves. Governed and directed by endless bursts of 6 second stimuli. I am sure you are familiar with the feeling of realizing its 3am, and you have spent the last 4 hours in a black hole of 'YouTube recommends' or scrolling 9-gag!?
We are sick!
We are trained to only have tiny amounts of focus. Close to zero clarity.
For this reason, we become the perfect impulse consumers, and we fund the ever revolving machine.
As human beings, we are habitual creatures. The designers of smartphones, apps, and social network utilities KNOW this, and play to it. Which is why we are all suffering from a fragmented, fight-or-flight existence in a world where all our desires and happiness is supposedly just 1 link away.
Anyway, I shall not blabber on anymore. The video I am sharing, says it all, and speaks about my own journey out of this overwhelming new age addiction. I hope you can gain some inspiration from it!
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