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”→
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.
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