A new drug
I truly believe we have entered into a time where the word “addict” isn’t just associated with drugs and alcohol anymore. There is a new addiction lurking in the shadows and most people are completely oblivious of the extreme havoc it’s wrecking on our lives.
Like any other addiction, this “technology addiction” is damaging not only our minds, but also our relationships, and how we spend our time. Our society is becoming completely disconnected with reality and sucked into this virtual obsession!
With that said. I do have a smart phone. I also have an iPad and a computer! Obviously if I didn’t, this article wouldn’t even be a possibility. However, I make a point to use these devices when necessary more often than for “mindless” time wasting. While there is nothing wrong with a little bit of fun now and again, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to become obsessed and put our cell phones at the top of our priority list.
The harsh reality
Yesterday I was reminded just how common this problem is. I walked into a local orthodontist office, where my son had an appointment that afternoon. As I looked around I saw 2 fathers waiting for their children to come out, both staring at the screens of their smart phones, oblivious to the rest of the world. I didn’t think much of it until a few minutes after I arrived another dad walked in with his son, pulling his smart phone from his pocket the second his body hit the chair. His eyes met the screen and again, oblivious to the world around him.
I watched 5 more adults walk into the waiting room over the course of my time there. Each one going through the same routine, check in, sit down, pull out smart phone, scroll and stare until time to leave. I was the only person in that room not scrolling through Facebook, playing a game, or watching ridiculous videos. I was people watching, which isn’t something I normally do… however, I was completely disturbed at what I saw. We live in this world where a connection on social media is more important than connecting with our children. It makes my stomach turn just thinking about it.
no more mindless scrolling
About a year and a half ago I found myself in the very same predicament, being glued to Facebook on my iPhone multiple times a day. I was a homeschool mom and it was a thing to do in my down time between lessons. Something in me snapped when I realized I was missing out on key moments with my children throughout the day. Plus, Facebook hadn’t become anything more than a miserable place for me to spend my time. I was over the Mom competitions, “un friending” over politics, and awful worldly posts that would randomly show up on my feed.
Something had to give, so I started limiting my time spent on social media tremendously. I made it a priority to spend time with God, my family, and doing something else productive every day before I even glanced at my Facebook account. It really wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. After a couple weeks I didn’t even have to think about it anymore. Facebook was off my mind and I was more in tune with my life! I was going several weeks at a time without using social media. Honestly, I have to force myself to log on most of the time now. I have seriously debated on just getting rid of it all together, but I do have a handful of long distance friends and relatives that like to contact me there. So it remains.
an unconventional life style
My point in all this is clear. Technology is robbing us of this beautiful life we once had. Social media, smart phones, tablets, and streaming services are all becoming a way of life! However it’s not the life we should want. We should want a life where we connect with our loved ones, experience nature, and remember the little moments. The rest of the world definetly considers this “an unconventional lifestyle”. Think about it. If we actually decided to change our priorities around and unplug, we would get labeled as “weird”.
My family got rid of Netflix some years ago, I was disgusted by much of the content and felt like that it was a no brainer for us. I immediately had a friend say to me “Who in their right mind gets rid of Netflix?!”. While it may not be the world’s normal, it’s my normal. We don’t have cable or Netflix. My kids don’t have cellphones or their own computers. We live an unconventional lifestyle and try to experience life in its truest form, instead of a virtual one.
Protecting the mind
This is essential. If we aren’t careful, the mind can become the most neglected part of our bodies. We all worry about proper food intake and exercise. However, we forget to give our minds the proper nutrition it needs. This is why breaking the technology addiction is a must!
In our house we limit screen time and skip entertainment or movies with inappropriate content. Why? Because our minds are fragile. If we don’t take the proper steps to protect and nourish our minds who will? I mean really? The world wants nothing more than to feed us the unhealthy and sell us the “newest and best”. Instant gratification is the motto. We must break the mold.
The limit your screen time challenge
If you are serious about wanting to break the cycle of constantly being on your smart phone, I encourage you to check out my 30 day screen time challenge!
I hope you can unplug and enjoy the little things today!