- Have you ever logged on Netflix and said to yourself, “I’m only going to watch one episode”?
- Have you ever said, “I’m only going to check my email twice a day”?
- Ever found yourself trolling Facebook, when you’d told yourself you *should* be working?
We mindlessly scan Facebook, watch entire seasons on Netflix, and check our inboxes constantly. In response to these compulsions, people have developed some ways to try to control their technology use:
- restricting screen time by limiting the number of hours they spend in front of a screen
- not watching digital video alone
- not bringing screens into the bedroom
- turning off smartphone notifications
- using internet blocking software to stop themselves form visiting certain websites
- hiding their gaming controller or asking a friend to keep it from them
- taking mandatory tech-breaks
- the list goes on ad infinitum…
These methods of self-discipline work for some technology users. They are actually “users” because they’re not dependent on the technology.
For tech-addicts, self-discipline fails. No matter how strong our convictions or resolutions, addicts ultimately relapse into harmful tech abuse. We are powerless over technology. No amount of will-power ever lasts.
We become stuck in a closed loop shame cycle, which will-power cannot overcome.
Then what’s the solution?
If we’re stuck in a closed cycle, then we need to access something greater than that closed system.
- Share Your Story – Anonymously share your struggles with using technology soberly. Share at RecoverLog.com or over at Reddit.com
- Accept your powerlessness – if you’ve hit bottom, then you’ll be willing to try just about anything.
Did that help you stay tech-sober? No? Then perhaps you’re willing to seek a spiritual solution.