The Modern Addiction- Reality Check

Helloooooo! Missed you yesterday! I didn’t post because of a last minute invite to the best theater production on earth- The Lion King. So to the five people who consistently read this blog, forgive me. 😉

Today we’re going to talk about an addiction. Not your typical addictions like drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. I’m talking about an addiction that has become more of an epidemic.

CELL PHONES…. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN!!! Or as my mother likes to call them, cellular devices. That chunk of metal we hold in our hands. That sheet of glass we stare at all day. Some of our sheets of glass look less than fantastic. Mine is an art piece called, The Spider Web.

Now don’t start getting defensive! I’m just as guilty as the average Apple addicted Joe. We’ve all been to dinner with someone and pulled out our phone at least once. Don’t deny it! Don’t tell me you had a legitimate reason! I don’t wanna hear your excuses. Just listen closely…. Reality is ’bout to smack you upside yo head.

Your phone doesn’t love you back. You’re wasting your time.

Here’s an imaginary tissue and some imaginary violin music to soothe the pain of the sudden realization that your phone doesn’t feel the same way. I know, it was real. It was fun. But was it real fun? Probably not.

The amount of time we spend on our phones is appalling. Now I’m not against technology, but I am against wasting my life staring at little colored pixels arranged in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (thought this was just a social media roast, huh?), Snap Chat, or Instagram. That’s just boring!

According to Mobile Statistics, the average American spends 23 days a year on their device. Let’s say the average kid gets a phone at 10 (In some cases it’s 6). Let’s also say that average 10 year old lives to the ripe old age of 80. Now let’s do the math…

80 years -10 years =70 years with a phone.

23 days * 70 years= where’s my calculator app…. What folder did I put it in…

*waiting room music* Ah! Here it is! 1,610 days.

1,610 days / 365 days = about 4.5 years of your life…. That’s more time than you will spend using the restroom over your lifetime (93 days). That is more time than you will spend driving over your entire life (about 4 years). That’s MORE TIME than you will spend eating food over your lifetime( about 3 years).

Now let us take a moment of silence to mourn the time that has been lost… Time that, if we continue down this path, we will NEVER GET BACK… But ladies and gentlemen, THERE IS HOPE YET for Apple addicted Joe! He can make a choice that will change his life! All he has to do is put down the device. Simple.

If this wasn’t a blog, I would ask for a show of hands for the following questions:

  1. Have you ever checked your phone for no reason?
  2. Do you check Facebook more than you check on your children?
  3. When you’re in an awkward situation, do you look at your phone for security?
  4. Have you ever been texting one friend (or ten) while hanging out with another?
  5. Have you ever paused a conversation for a selfie and then updated your status or other friend on what you’re doing with the person your actually supposed to be hanging out with?
  6. Do you consider yourself a master of social media multitasking?
  7. When you’re at Grandma’s house, are you talking to Grandma or taking a selfie with her for snap chat?
  8. When you go out in the morning with 100% battery, do you end up at 20% by 10:00 am?
  9. Would your friends and family say that you text more than you speak?
  10. Are you in device addiction denial?

If you showed your hand more than 0 times, CONGRATULATIONS! It’s time to reevaluate your priorities!

I’m not here to bash on anybody. I’m just trying to make you aware of the time that we waste on our phones! It’s quite disturbing. We spend more time on them than we spend eating! I don’t know about you, but I spend a good chunk of time eating or wishing I was eating.

Don’t be offended, high schooler. Don’t be defensive, Mom on Facebook. Don’t rub it in their faces, Grandma. Now that you know the facts, what will you do with them? Now that you’ve seen the math, will you admit there’s a problem? The first step to fixing a problem is to admit that you have a problem! We should start an addiction club, Apple Anonymous.

“Hi, I’m Ashley and I’m addicted to my phone.”

*monotone unison response* “Hi, Ashley.”

Who’s next? I’m not going to lecture you. I’m just going to do as the Facebookers do and “leave this here”. What you do with the information, that’s your choice.

But as for me, I’m going to work on spending less time on my phone and more time in reality. I’m going to go seek adventure in the real world!

Ashley Tackett

Bibliography:

Where I got some of my calculations: http://blog.tempo.io/2013/7-time-consuming-things-an-average-joe-spends-in-a-lifetime/

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2 thoughts on “The Modern Addiction- Reality Check

  1. I mean… The Lion King wasn’t THAT good…

    But on a lighter note, my cell phone addiction is exactly why I downloaded an app that records how much time I’ve spent using it. And that number is way too embarrassing to share. People will be shocked to learn how much time they really spend on their phones.

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