Simple addictions

My phone addiction. This one hosts a series of negative attributes. First of all, and most importantly, it keeps me away from my family. I stop playing with my kids when I get a text message, or when I get a notification from social media. It's ridiculous how much time I spend on my phone. If it's not one application it's another. Each one robbing me of time that could've been used wisely - on my kids. It not only wastes my time, it wastes my energy and it's slowly driving me to insanity. Although this habit may not seem as harsh as smoking cigarettes, shopping or a sex addiction, it's uncontrollable and it needs to be eliminated, just like the rest.

I recently vowed to myself to stop using social media, at least for 48 hours. I can tell you it was rather refreshing. I learned quite a bit about myself in the process. I spend more quality time with my children. I spend more quality time with my wife, and I actually focusing on the activities at hand, rather than being consumed in my phone. I started becoming happier, less afraid and more relaxed. I think the negativity in my newsfeed was getting to me. I've since then eliminated any negativity from my newsfeed. If I see a negative post that's not congruent with my values and believes I unfollow that person. I unfriended any companies, or anyone that's trying to market something to me because I've known for a long time that materialism doesn't make us happier, and there's no need for them in my life, nor are the people that try and push it my way. I've also turned off notifications on all applications on my phone. This way I won't be consumed with it.

These days, I'm all about positivity. I've lived approximately 13,000 days. It would be sad to realize if I didn't already learn that negativity is detrimental to our lives. And, a lot of that negativity comes from our addictions to our cell phones and computers. I'm going to choose to move on happier with less distractions. Im putting my phone down now.

Before I leave, I just wanted to mention the moral of the story. I recommend you take account of all your own habits. Are there a few you've overlooked, such as your addiction to coffee, certain foods, or even an activity? You'll be amazed to realize how much our habits bring us down. They grind down our mentality, force us to become comfortable, and keep us from achieving what we truly want - happiness. Kick em outta your life too!

OK, I'm putting my phone down now ;)

Comments

  1. LOLOL loved the closer! "putting my phone down now" hehe seriously thought great points

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    1. Hehe it's harder than it looks. At least for me and most of the world ;-)

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  2. It's crazy how less social we've all become since the dawn of the smart phone age...

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  3. It just sorta helps to build health habits and loosen the reigns of simple addictions. I was surprised how much time I saved when I started taking back more control of myself.

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    1. Yeah same here! I was spending about 8 hours off and on with my smart phone getting on Snapchat... it's crazy how many hours you can waste away with them filters lol

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  4. Put that phone down now! C'mon, go ahead! haha

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  5. Today's generation is too much indulged in phones and they do not have enough time for their families and friends. I spent almost 1/4 of my day using social media.

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  6. Addictions can be hard to break. But with consistent effort, you'll be able to come out of it. I was once a porn addict, but today I'm free from such nonsense. You too can if you're an addict of something.

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  7. LOL.. As easy as it sounds, it's really difficult for me to do. I also have an addiction for my phone. I could spend hours playing games or surfing the net over and over. Most times I stop myself and take a break. Most times I just can't stop. I think I need serious self discipline to achieve this. Thanks for the hint!

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