I’m still amazed how difficult it is to break my smartphone addiction. I spend hours on the damned thing mindlessly. And this is with me actually making an effort to quit. I paid attention to when I actually reach for my iPhone and here’s what I discovered.
…do I really want to admit most of my waking hours are tedious? That I’d rather be doing something else than actually living?
YouTube is my main source of entertainment. I mean, come on, movie clips, music, humor, life hacks and news all in one place? What’s not to like? YouTube is the center of my entertainment universe.
So when do I crank up the app?
Mostly when I’m doing something boring; driving, exercising, eating, sitting on the potty and (I hate to admit this) even when I’m watching movies. Yes, I watch YouTube during my Netflix n’ chill sessions. If I could only get my wife to stop it with the stank eye, I’d be fine. YouTube is always on during the passages of my life that I find tedious.
Thing is, do I really want to admit most of my waking hours are tedious? That I’d rather be doing something else than actually living?
I gave this some serious thought. How could it be that most of my life is better spent distracted? Why even live? Might as well spend life asleep b/c that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been lost in digital dreams for most of my days.
I’ve come to some conclusions.
We are meant to live; but our existences have become desperately empty. Screens and snacks fill some of the holes in our souls but it’s killing us.
Life is set up to distract us.
Screen time takes most of us out of our lives. After work, after the pisstifying (where you hold a pee till you get home) commute and the slow decompression from eight or more hours doing what only money could get you to do, you need a break. Digital distractions are the latest salve for our…