Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

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Photo by Mel Baylon on Unsplash

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. Continue reading “Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating”

Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

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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, comparing herself to people online.

Everyone nods in agreement relating to the side-effects she listed for her decision.

‘What do you do instead?!’ one peer asks, ludicrously.

We all laugh.

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Most of us turn to our digital devices often because the alternative sucks.

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Take the Pledge! #NationalDayofUnplugging2019

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When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you’re doing to look and respond? Do you have multiple devices constantly competing for your attention at all times?

Do you find it hard to sit still for a bit without checking your phone or social media feeds? Have you been looking for ideas to unplug, without having to depend on sheer willpower followed by pure defeat? Continue reading “Take the Pledge! #NationalDayofUnplugging2019”

NoSurf: A guide for minimizing mindless browsing

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Photo by Liam Briese on Unsplash

My introduction to the /r/nosurf community on reddit happened, ironically, as I was mindlessly browsing through the website, my favourite time passing activity and a guilty-pleasure.

The subreddit /r/nosurf  is a community for people who want to become more productive by wasting less time mindlessly surfing the internet. The NoSurf movement does not advocate for quitting the internet altogether but, instead, they advocate for cutting out negative internet use and mindless browsing. Continue reading “NoSurf: A guide for minimizing mindless browsing”

How to use your smartphone like a hammer

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

If we used our phones more like a hammer, would our life be a lot better? At least, according to the musical genius himself, yes.

Look at your phone as a tool, not an obligation. Would you walk around with a hammer in your pocket?  You would pick up a hammer when you needed it. You would never be addicted or obligated to it. Use your phone like a hammer only pick it up when you need it. — Kanye West

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