the New Drug…
I truly believe we have entered 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. Technology addiction is real.
Just like any other addiction, 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 a virtual obsession.
With that said, I too own a smart phone, a tablet, and a laptop computer. Obviously if I didn’t, this article wouldn’t even exist. However, I make a point to use these devices when necessary more often than not.
While there is nothing wrong with a little bit of fun now and again, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to become totally obsessed or mindlessly scrolling on social media. Thus putting our cell phones at the top of our priority list.
Feel like you aren’t connecting with your children, because you can’t put the phone down? Check out How to Be Present with Your Children for simple tips and an eye opening story about technology addiction.
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 honestly 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 exact 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 social media, playing a game, or watching ridiculous videos. I was people watching instead – which isn’t something I normally do.
However, I was completely disturbed at what I saw. We live in this world where digital connections are more important than physical ones.
it Can Happen to Anyone…
About a year and a half ago I actually found myself in a very similar predicament, being glued to Facebook on my iPhone multiple times a day. I’m a homeschool mom and it was an easy 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. Why was I even doing it? I was over the Mom competitions, unfriending over politics, and hate-filled posts that would constantly show up on my feed.
Something had to give.
I immediately 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. Honestly, it wasn’t even that difficult either.
After a couple weeks I didn’t even have to think about it anymore. Facebook was off my mind and I was much more in tune with my life! I was going several weeks at a time without using social media and it felt great. To be completely honest, I actually had to force myself to log on for a period of time.
Because of this, I have seriously debated on just getting rid of social media all together. However, I do have a handful of long distance friends and relatives that like to contact me there and I use it for connecting with other homeschool moms. So there it remains.
With that said – I no longer have any type of social media on my phone. If I want to use it – it takes a little more work than just pulling it out of my pocket. Yes, this means it takes me longer to respond to messages and comments. Yes, I might not be the first to comment on someones amazing lunch photo or super cute birth announcement – but you know what? That’s okay.
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Check out How to Limit Kids Screen Time for simple tips on cutting screen time usage down or even eliminating it all together!
The Unconventional Lifestyle
of Less Technology Usage…
My point in all this is clear – Technology can rob anyone, anywhere, anytime it wants. It takes the little moments, the relationships, and ultimately our joy.
Social media, smart phones, tablets, and streaming services are all becoming the only acceptable way of life!
This concept is a little crazy to me. Does it make like easier? Sure. Does it give us that instant gratification we all desire? Again, yes. However, there is (and should be) so much more to life than technology.
We should want a life where we connect with our loved ones, experience nature, and remember those important little moments.
Most everyone considers a life with less technology to be a little unconventional. Seriously though, if we actually decided to change our priorities around and unplug a little bit, we would get labeled as weird.
For example – My family got rid of Netflix some years ago. Honestly, I was completely disgusted by much of the content and felt like 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, Netflix, or any other streaming service. My kids don’t have cellphones or their own computers. While we still use technology most everyday, we live a some what unconventional lifestyle compared to most.
Live life in its truest form, instead of a virtual one.
Protecting Yourself From
Protecting our mind is essential. If we aren’t careful, our minds 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 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? Seriously though. 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.
Ready to Kick Technology
Addiction to the Curb?
Try using my simple 30 Day Screen Time Challenge for a little screen time limiting motivation – Plus get a good inspirational kick in the pants 😉
Or – if the addiction is one you can’t kick to the curb on your own, don’t be afraid to seek help! Check out these simple technology addiction resources below.
- A Place of Hope – counseling and help for those struggling with technology addiction.
- Common Sense – additional technology addiction resources
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