5 Ways To Curb Your Internet And Phone Addiction
- June 29, 2012
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
Well, it has officially happened – addiction of smartphones and internet technology have become one of the fastest growing addictions in the U.S. Who can blame us? We love to hear the bleep and bloop of our friends or family members linking to us throughout the day.
As wonderful as these technology are, they are becoming a detriment to the lives of those who are consumed by them. As I speak, I am working from my mobile iPad on my day off. Pot meet kettle, right? Well, there are some strategies that can help us unplug and get back to being productive.
That’s right, it’s a tough thing to admit, but our stomachs jump a little bit in excitement when we hear that little bleeping notification. However, have you noticed you drop everything you’re doing to check whether or not you just got owned on Words With Friends? If so, you may have a problem.
Well the good news is you can easily disable notifications within your mobile device or desktop. Quite often there is a setting for enabling or disabling those wonderful little blips of joy. Looking to take a week off an relax? I’d recommend starting with disabling the incessant bleeping notifications.
As a side note, you could also turn off the audio… if you think you can resist the vibration notification.
So you still need your phone and computer to do your job right? Certainly you cannot just walk away from the computer and get away with it. Well, most computers are connected to the internet through a simple networking cable. Can’t resist the Facebook? Unplug it!! I know – it sounds terrifying, but remember, you still need to get paid so you can afford your internet at home.
For those of you on the mobile platform, you can disable your 3G on just about any smartphone currently in the market. What does this mean for you? No more temptation, it’s gone, now you can get to work and if you feel the itch – it will require a few extra steps to start scratching. Best of all, disabling that 3G will still let you use your phone as a phone…. crazy idea right?
There is nothing worse than attempting to carry on a conversation with someone who is intimately in love with their smartphone or Facebook profile. Your words go through one ear and out the other faster than a Monday morning McGriddle. Are you that person? Well clearly something severe is happening here.
Just set it down buddy… I know, I know… I’ll never understand how hard it is to resist, but remember, there is more to life than the Instagram feed of your BFF BigLeetBoss. There is a little button that comes installed on most modern devices – when this button is pressed all of your problems can go away. That’s right, it’s called the power button. Finding your time consumed by the internets? Use it, and don’t think twice.
We’re all immersed in it, so don’t think you’re alone. We have a tendency to place a high priority on our social friends. I’m sure that perfect LOLz moment cannot wait until later this evening. Timing is everything, right? Sometimes it is best to think back to a time when we put value in ourselves outside of individuals 140 character opinion of us.
I know it’s tough, but at the end of the day, if the power goes out, what relationships are you going to have with you? I know it sounds cheesy, but sometimes the classic is called classic for a reason. You may be hip with 10,000 followers, but those 10,000 followers would probably throw you under a bus for 10,000 additional followers if they could.
If you’re finding yourself placing higher value on your social media relationships than your personal ones, it may be time to re-evaluate your priorities. The most enriching moments are those we spend face to face with others.
“I’ve tried it all Craig, still no dice, I just can’t help but Retweet every post published by Justin Beiber’s sister’s brother’s producer. I’m a Belieber Craig, I’M A BELIEBER!”
I’m not going to pretend I have any idea what you just said, but I think we can draw a simple conclusion from your dilemma. It is officially time to shut it down. To quote Dora, say “Vamanos” to that lil’ troublemaker. Throw that smartphone in the trash and buy a basic cell phone. Disable your local internet and request that your boss block your networks. We are on code red full alert.
Sometimes the best strategies to avoid our addictions just don’t get the job done. It’s at those times of desperation that we need to throw the temptation out the door, so we can live with a little peace of mind.
The World Will Go On:
I know it is hard to believe, but the world will indeed go on without your tweets about what food you are eating, status updates on who just flipped you off in a car and photos of the Whopper you are about to eat.
Remember, it’s all about priorities – get them under control before they control you.