Deeper Than Our Technology
Based on a 2017 Deloitte survey 80% of smartphone owners check their phones within an hour of waking up or going to bed. This is often looked at as nothing more than a bad habit. It’s an addiction.
Like drug addiction, smartphone addiction has many factors, both internal and external. We carry a continuous stream of notifications and feeds in our pockets. We use it to feel connected with others. We feel lost without it.
We live in a digital age, where technology influences our quality of life. We love upgrading to the latest devices.
How frequently do you find yourself scrolling through Instagram? Smartphone users spend just under 3 hours on their phones every day. If you include tablet use, that time is closer to 5 hours.
Pretend everyone gets 8 hours of sleep, we have 16 waking hours. We waste almost a 3rd of our day on our devices.
We crave convenience and unlimited access to free information. Regardless of form, technology always catches our attention.
There lies a deeper issue inside our devices. The technology doesn’t pull us in. It’s Social Media. Social media use is also an addiction, and more problematic than the devices themselves.
Many of us are dependent on social media and the internet for our work or personal interests. This is where the slope gets slippery. At what point do we begin rationalizing our usage?
Companies are losing money and people are losing jobs to social media. The average employee spends 24% of his or her day engaging in non-work-related activities online.
Social media isn’t like a drug. It is a drug. For many kicking a social media obsession is more difficult than quitting drugs or alcohol. Social media addiction can add to the symptoms of smartphone addiction. These include anxiety, feeling depressed, cravings, lack of sleep and many more.
There are solutions. We need to acknowledge our negative habits and triggers. We can practice and share methods to cut cell phone and social media usage.
There are plenty of apps to watch usage. However, I am not a fan of any solution requiring users to check an app. Use at your own risk.
When I’m working or reading, I keep my phone and tablet in a separate room. I also prioritize activities that keep me occupied away from my phone. Everyday I practice meditation, reading, learning new skills, and spending time outdoors. With a daily commitment these are more effective than any app. No tapering required.
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