When most people hear the word “addiction,” they automatically think alcohol or substance abuse. According to Dictionary.com, here’s their definition of the word:
noun: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
The reality is we have many types of addiction. Today I want to focus on what I’m calling “smartphone-ism”… a current and increasing addiction. I must confess … I am addicted.
I am self-employed and create my own schedule and my own deadlines … so why am I so attached to the electronic leash? My husband kidded with friends over the weekend and said, “She sits with her phone on her lap as if she were on call expecting a Navy Seal helicopter to make an emergency landing, pick her up and fly her to a rescue mission in the Congo.” ~ lol
Well … it’s not really funny … it’s actually rude. And for that split second I realized he was right. I help my Clients overcome their addictions and discovered I have one of my own. Now I don’t like pointing fingers, but how many of you are relating to my story? Are you with me?
Why is it that if we don’t respond to someone’s email or text within 5 minutes, they become offended or concerned ~ we are so expected to be available. Our society craves instant gratification and creates more stress for us. So how do we address this smartphone-ism?
Here’s my public pledge:
1) I will not text or talk as a passenger in the car
2) I will not respond to my emails as a passenger in the car
3) AND … I will not even glance at my phone when out for dinner.
Are you sharing this smartphone-ism with me? Do you constantly check your phone to see if somebody needs you? Are you at home but you’re not home? I know that this removed feeling of always being available can significantly lower stress levels. This time off can rejuvenate us with another level of energy for the most important people in our lives.
So again … the Navy Seals are not coming for us.
Be “present” when in the company of others, especially our loved ones.
These precious moments are when we are creating memories together ~ detach from the electronic leash; life is way too short.
Will you join me in my public pledge, how do you think you will feel? I welcome your feedback ~