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January 14, 2024
Watch: Kevin Hart's terrifying experience with phone addiction should wake you up to the dark side of social media
Smartphones were cool at first, but they're becoming a problem. They've gotten people hooked on their social media feeds. Then when their phone is in their hand, they'll play one of the twenty "freemium" games they've downloaded. Then, "Oh yeah, I needed that thing from Amazon." It's causing short-term memory loss. IQ scores are going down. It's a problem, and it's one I've been concerned about myself for the past few years.
Hart makes two key points. One is the sudden realization of how addicted and reliant we've all become on our smartphones. For him, it was when his phone died while he was on a road trip, and realized how little he knew without his phone: where to go, who to call, etc.
My sister lives three blocks away. I pick up my nieces and nephew from school all the time. If my phone ever died, I wouldn't know my sister's phone number without scrolling through my phone to find it. And even then, it's not the number. It's her name. If my phone ever died during a road trip, I'd still be pulled over to the side of the road.
The other Hart point was putting the phone away at a certain point of the day, and being present with his family. It's like the drug commercial from the 80s, "I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU." Kids pick up their device habits because we, as adults, always have ours in our hands.
It was after watching this clip I started to look at my own life and how addicted I am to "the scroll." These are a few changes I made:
No phones at the dinner table. It's funny because adults fight me on this more than kids do.
Wear a watch. Part of the problem is I'm always grabbing my phone to check the time. Then I scroll through Twitter and check email before putting my phone back in my pocket...forgetting to check the time. Wearing a watch cuts down on that.
Listen to vinyl. Aka records, as opposed to Spotify or Apple Music. In the olden days, you had media collections and a single stereo. Now I have my iPhone and eleventy different Bluetooth speakers. I love music but grew dependent on my phone to listen to it. Then, when I would be listening to Spotify, since my phone was in my hand I'd be too busy scrolling to listen to the music I had on. Putting on a record is my way to completely get off the grid for an hour or so.
Go outside and touch grass. On Saturdays, on the LWC Newswire X-Twitter account, I'll ask people how they are planning to spend a politics-free weekend. Every weekend, there will be people who fight me on it because "there's no such thing." Newsflash: the boogeyman isn't going to finally launch its endgame against the American people because you decided to log off on Saturday to spend time with your family or go get some fresh air.
You have to retrain your brain to accept the world will get along fine without you if you aren't connected to it 24/7. People will still fight each other over politics and who is on what side that week. People will still argue over movies. The news will be every bit of "everything sucks," "everything is terrible," and "Oh my God, someone do something" without you dropping X on it.
Take care of yourself first. Disconnect.
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