Electronics, the brain drain, and pocket book pickers!


Electronics have become an addiction!

Anyone remember years ago, when a pager was an annoyance at times, and you had to find change to call home?  In some areas, believe it or not, that still is the case.  But for most, we have pocket computers we call phones, mini all-in-ones we call tablets, and the pointless yet still popular iPods/MP3 players.  I mean, let’s face it, why do we actually NEED an iPod or MP3 player any more?  Didn’t we phase out walkman’s with the iPod, but now your common device has 32GB or more and a music app… But that’s not where I am headed here.  Try to ditch them all.  No Cell, No Tablet, No iPod, and/or No Computer.  Go on vacation with just a photo camera.  Who else just got anxiety from the thought?  We all say ‘I can do that’ but in reality, you may be able to set it down for hours, but you can’t actually leave it all home and drive 1000 miles away, now can you?  If you honestly can, kudos!  But I bet 90% of us can’t go more than a few hours without it, and out of the remaining 10%, maybe 1% could go 24hrs tops.  That, is by definition, an addiction…

How does that effect us?

As with any addiction, it effects your mind, body, spirit, and relationships.  Studies have shown an increase in headaches and eye strain due to constantly looking at LCD/AMOLED Screens all day.  We become mentally consumes/exhausted more frequently now.  This takes energy away from us that we normally put toward more important things in life, such as work efficiency, chores, goals, relationships, productive hobbies, and too much to list.  And the things that social media put in front of us, based on what sparks our interest, wether it’s spiritually healthy or not.  Stirring up hate and pushing agenda’s we don’t want.  Leaving us with unnecessary negative energy and baggage  we normally wouldn’t have.  Causing further problems in our personal lives and hurting relationships with people around us.  And how much time does it take out of your day, if you actually clocked WASTED time on social media, games, and “researching” those articles… Yeah, scary.  All them times your like, ‘I don’t have time to…’ what, work out, play outside games, take a walk, visit grandma or mom?  We used to, before these gadgets brain drained us and took all our time… and money…

About that, so a pager used to be fairly cheap, but a home phone was like $20 plus $10/mo.  Now, If you switch phones once a year, plus service, your paying AT LEAST  $800/yr for this luxury, while the average is around $2500/yr.  Remember when you were buying your first car, how hard it was to save up for it, and how much it cost?  Well, you could buy at least one of those clunkers a year if you dropped back down to the bare necessities.  Or buy a descent home in 20-25 years just off the money you save, and still pay your current rent.  If everyone invested as much into their credit, as they do electronics, we’d all be hanging out in the 750’s, having to problem getting interest free financing and low interest home loans.  So, thought about the fiscal impact yet?

So, in summary,  A: They drain your mind and impair your thinking abilities, while hurting your performance at work and distracting you from leisure.  B: They strain your eyes, cause headaches, and lead to general fatigue.  C: The negative info that floods news feeds bring down your spirit and effect your general mood.  D: The natural 5 min religious grab of a device causes lack of connection with those close to us, negatively impacting relationships.  And this is just the small obvious effects, I would go into technical statistics gathered from studies, but thanks to these devices, your attention span has also decreased.  In fact, thanks to cell phones, most won’t even have read this far, and few of the ones that have would catch any clerical errors in this post.  If you’ve made it this far, and have caught any clerical errors, then you are among the narrow 1% who haven’t been nearly permanently damaged due to modern technology.  Dummied down, made to think your smarter because of your instant web access and AI, but actually lacking common sense and basic functions due to the reliance on electronics.  If all stopped working tomorrow, how many would wake up on time, on their own, still be able to work and survive, and find where they need to go, know how to cook a variety of meals, fix household common repairs, and perform routine tasks without digging for a manual?  Slim to none.

Acceptance, and moving forward…

So, If your still in denial, keep draining your cells and telling yourself your normal.  If you’ve decided you are slightly, or hugely, addicted to electronics, then it’s time to change.  Start with acknowledging, then set limits.  Use technology against itself!  Get an app that regulates when and how long YOU can be on certain things.  An gradually increase restrictions until your at a bare minimum.  Require a long log in to everything except necessities.  This is negative reinforcement, as in it subliminally makes the reward not worth the wait.  Every time you jump on your electronic ask yourself, ‘Is this important, that which I am doing?’  If not, then only continue if you are bored with nothing to do at all.  That means your kids aren’t around, spouse/partner is gone, chores are all finished, fish aint biting, and no hobbies at all.  Otherwise, be a parent, spouse, or partner.  Call an old friend, visit a relative, knock out some of the to-do’s!  Get back in shape all natural like, hit the outdoors, and make real life achievements.  Be creative with things you can put on the shelf!  It’s way more rewarding than a virtual farm, sharing political garbage, or reading the latest satire based on 3rd world problems.  If your notice, successful people are rarely sitting around staring at their gadgets.  Steve Jobs didn’t even allow his kids to have iPhones and such… hmmmmm, tells you something don’t it…

Have a blessed and introspective day!  Find yourself again!