Hi. I am Bob, and I’m a gadget addict.
Yes, just like how you introduce yourself in AA meetings, I decided to start this post by admitting to the fact that I’m hopelessly addicted to those small screens that we carry around us everyday. I spend my waking hours checking my phone, pissed when the wi-fi’s off because I have to turn my 3G on just to get connected to the web. Oh the web, the thing where I’m trapped into and have no means to escape it.
Let me at least try to let you guys know how addicted I am with my smartphone, so that we’d at least be able to tackle the issues head on!
First. As I’ve said above, I wake up checking my emails and any messages and other notifications. Well, that’s still normal, but I don’t stop there. I read all of the tweets on my feed that I’ve missed during the hours that I’m asleep. I check the Facebook news feed as well and read A LOT of articles and view A LOT of photos before getting out of bed. This usually takes me one to two hours to complete, precious amount of time that I could have spent by getting up early and read books, study and have a productive day.
It does not end there my friend! I get out of my room and go downstairs holding my phone. I eat breakfast looking at that stupid four inch screen. After eating breakfast I stare at the screen again, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. It’s so scary I feel that technology is transforming all of us into zombies that won’t survive without the glare of that four-inch screen.
I only stop this useless ritual when I study which is like four hours in a day. The rest of the day involves me being in front of that glowing sheet of glass!
Even before I sleep, I spend like another hour or two scrolling to death with my phone. I’m hopeless and now that I’m typing it I feel even worse for myself. Oh what a sad life I’ve been leading.
Why am I so addicted with this thing? Why can’t I use it the way I did before? I was not even planning to get a smartphone to begin with. Just an old QWERTY phone and an iPod Classic was the ideal set-up for me back in 2011, but that all changed when I got my hands with my good ol’ smartphone. I’ve been addicted to them ever since.
Let’s try to reminisce how I lived using my gadgets back in 2011 and in the general past.
I usually wake up in 2011 by immediately getting up and eating breakfast. Then after that I prepare for school or if it’s vacation time I power up my laptop and do some stuff. Trust me, the laptop is much more productive than the smartphone. Other things that I do other than that is read books and of course study because I was a student back then. Where do my gadgets come in? Oh well, back then I owned a QWERTY Nokia phone and an iPod Nano which I only used to listen to music before sleeping or when I’m out alone. Those were the good days. I was always in touch with what’s around me. I often travel alone in the capital just walking around, my neck being stiff from looking around the city and appreciating the things that life has to offer. Yes, I always have earphones stuck on my ear but they’re strictly for music only. My phone? Just for texting and when I need to make an important phone call.
I need to get back to that way of life. Appreciating stuff more and gadgets less. Yes, they are powerful, but they could also be powerful enough to make you dumb. So from now on, I’m gonna focus on doing these things:
Just tweeting a maximum of 5 tweets a day.
Checking Facebook only before I sleep and only if someone messages me, not gonna initiate Facebook conversations ever again!
Deleting most of those apps that make me lay down and check my phone countless hours in a day.
Reading articles that I really cared about and nothing more. Plus, only reading articles after lunch and after dinner. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Only check mail after waking up and before sleeping. After checking mail and replying to notifications, stop using the phone and lock the screen.
I need a retreat. I mean (retreat’s not enough for it’s only a break) I need a change in my life. And as unconventional as it is, I’m starting right now in the middle of the night! I’m gonna start using my phone again as I was using my iPod and my phone before. Music and only for texting and calling. Other stuff that it’s capable of would only be available during limited times in a day. 🙂
THIS IS A PROMISE OF A LIFETIME! ONE OF MY NOVEMBER IMPROVEMENTS!