Can’t Live Without My Screens: The Fallout
Stress, exhaustion, anxiety – even depression – go hand in hand with our addiction to screens.
The research proves it, time and time again.
How much time do you spend on screens per day?
How do these pursuits leave you feeling? (If you’re being honest.)
We’re not getting much accomplished the way we used to. Duh?
The Screen Machine
If you calculate the daily commitment you’re giving to your cell phone, computer, tv, radio, techno gadgets and the many activities therein – emailing, texting, tweeting, checking websites, gaming, returning calls, absorbing the news – well, wow.
You probably have little time to enjoy non-technological pursuits, like reading a book, smelling a flower, patting a dog, staring at four walls, enjoying a bit of silence, paying a bill or writing your will – without total and complete screen distraction.
Are you getting anything meaningful done anymore? It’s a fair question!
We’re now addicted to being tuned in, turned on, stimulated, challenged, wowed, charged up, grossed out, scared, thrilled, terrified, amazed.
It’s like being on high scary rides, at the amusement park, the adrenaline rush, higher and higher.
So stimulating, so ‘fun.’
Except that it isn’t.
It leaves us empty. We know this, and we seem unable to stop it.
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
If your life is based primarily on your technological connections – whose isn’t? – your life is likely out of sync, and a healthy balance is not there.
We all know this, deep down.
What we don’t understand is that the discipline it now takes to get a balanced life back. Like avoiding sugar when going on a diet. Or keeping our credit cards in our pockets when we go to the mall and don’t want to overspend.
We are overly devoted (addicted) to all things technological, but we don’t know how to get out of this hole. Maybe we don’t want to. Or can’t: it is now our main form of communication.
Can You Put Your Screen Down? For A Minute?
It takes a solid commitment.
I now self-impose my own ‘screen free time’ every day. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t fulfill any other responsibilities, like getting chores done, gardening, seeing friends or using the washroom when necessary. (Seriously.)
Screen Addiction? Exactly what it is. I watch my loved ones scrolling away, day after day, the minutes, the hours, the days going by. As an old soul, I find this very sad. We still only get a lifetime to live. Our screens are eating up that time, and we won’t get it back.