Are You a Screen Addict?
The more of these 10 statements you identify with, the higher your chance of screen addiction. I don’t think any of us set out to become enslaved to our devices. Usually we slowly slip into holding our phones too close, too often, and too tightly. This digital dependence can cause us to miss the beauty of everyday interactions with both strangers and the ones we love the most.
Please don’t just beat yourself up over any poor digital habits. It’s easy to get stuck in guilt or shame instead of engineering positive changes. Awareness can move you to a place where you can say, “I’m not using my technology in a healthy way and I’m going to do something about it.” Conviction can move us to make changes, seek help, and reconcile with others. When you dial down your digital pace, you’ll get to a better personal and interpersonal place.
We are beginning to see treatment centers pop up that specialize in internet addiction. Generally speaking, internet addicts also suffer from other disorders such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Others lack social support, feeling isolated and alone, so they use the internet to fill that lack of belonging.
Technology is here to stay. In the coming years, the digital world will become even more integrated into everyday life. That’s why it necessary to learn how to use it in a healthy way now. Warning lights may be flashing in your life and the lives of your loved ones. It’s important to take action. Make smart decisions to scale back your screen time before it dominates your life. You want to be able to enjoy your time with loved ones, get a good night’s sleep, and have fun without the help of screens.
If you find yourself without Wifi for the day, you want to be able to sit back and relax, not to experience withdrawal symptoms. You want to master your devices, and not let devices master you. There’s a need to delineate between work and rest. Psalm 104:23 says, “Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening.” They stopped working in the evening to rest. We can power our devices off in the evenings to follow in this healthy pattern – and prevent screen addiction.
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