"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection." - Johann Hari In a podcast episode by Your Undivided Attention, titled the Opposite of Addiction, Johann Hari makes the case that addiction, among other mental health issues, is a symptom of a deeper problem of a disconnected society (A must listen!). In other words, … Continue reading The opposite of addiction is connection
It has been approximately two years and three months since I deleted my last standing social media account, twitter, and embarked on living without social media. While I am by no means an expert on how to maintain an exuberant social life, I have managed a modest social life post-social media despite not being so … Continue reading How to stay connected post-social media
This past weekend, a couple of friends and I went to Nuit Blanche to see the art installations downtown Toronto, and in the process, we had a reality check about being. As we strolled through downtown, a friend says, "I never look up." At that statement, we all look up, observing buildings and structures we have … Continue reading Look up!
What if we were to value our attention like we value money? What radically changed my relationship with social media, or why I quit social media, was when I learned about the attention economy. Lucky for me, I have had a strong aversion to 'the system' as long as I can remember. I really am … Continue reading Value your attention
These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes. Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn't have the energy for. So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day to … Continue reading It’s time for a digital detox
Once upon a time, when a fan accused Rihanna of being insensitive for a meme she shared on her Instagram, Rihanna responded with, 'laugh or log off.' Discovering this gem a few days ago reminded me of another one from Tyler, The Creator. He tweeted, "Hahahahahahahaha How The F**k Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha N***a Just Walk … Continue reading Laugh or log off
. . . “Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.” —Joshua Fields Millburn, The Minimalists . . . This past weekend, Toronto's Digital Minimalism Meetup Group held our second event, practicing digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture. The event centered around discussing the challenges of the … Continue reading Event recap: Practising digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture
Isn't it ironic that there are apps designed to help us navigate our addiction to the digital world? Fight fire with fire, I guess. Anyway, as mentioned in previous posts (here for instance), it is entirely impossible for me to use willpower or self-control to manage the time and energy I spend on mindless online activities. … Continue reading Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction