Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump

Have you ever read something online, be it a Facebook post or a blog post, that made you feel extremely irritated and annoyed? Yesterday, I came across a somewhat silly but controversial topic on an online forum. Some of the comments, extreme in their outlook, elicited strong negative emotions in me. I felt personally attacked … Continue reading Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump

The opposite of addiction is connection

"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

Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

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

What I’ve learned from not browsing on my phone for a month

I have been meaning to write a follow-up to my digital minimalism challenge post for the past two weeks now but there is always something easier to do, something more fun, at a tap of a screen. Most can relate to the challenge of distracting apps and platforms that clutter our lives and make it harder … Continue reading What I’ve learned from not browsing on my phone for a month

Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

Addiction, for the most part, is escapism. Most addictions are the result of individuals trying to escape the unappealing realities of life, be it pain, loss, emotional turmoil and suffering. Pretty much anything can become an addiction, including alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and video games, if used excessively as a coping mechanism. The widely … Continue reading Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

Once upon a time, a high-school student tells a group of her peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time. She explains that she is spending too much time on social media, and comparing herself to people online. Everyone nods in agreement relating to the … Continue reading Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions