Thursday, February 28, 2013

Addicted to Technology



I recently read an article that stated my age group is the most likely to admit they are addicted to the internet. So glad I am not alone! I'm actually writing this blog post for Ben's sake, since he tells me any time I blog about something I do better about it, so I guess this blog is serving its purpose.

Here are a couple of things I do to combat this addiction.

1. I "fixed" my facebook. I have contemplated getting rid of it over the years, and have deactivated it on occasion. So many people that I looked up to didn't have facebook accounts or weren't "into" it. I wanted to be like them, I wanted to be one of them. I prayed for guidance. I've come to accept that technology is going to be a part of my life, and God wants me to use it for good. If all the good people stopped using facebook, there would be less and less of His influence felt in places where it could help others. So in order to still be "present" on facebook but not sucked into it, I have deeply modified the experience. I switched nearly every friend to show up in my newsfeed only for "important events" and many of them not at all (you know, the ones you wouldn't even say hi to if you saw them in the grocery store). Now I spend about 5 seconds any time I get on facebook.

2. I don't have a smartphone. I know this sounds drastic for some and I know I won't be able to hold out forever, but it is awesome. Ben has one which has saved our lives more than once, but just the feeling that I don't have to be connected all the time is so freeing.

3. I hide the laptop under the bed. Out of sight out of mind right? It totally works for me. On a good day I will keep the computer in the bedroom (an out-of-the-way room) until naptime when I will check my email and catch up on everything. On a bad day the computer will be sitting there on the couch in the morning and I get on "just to check my email" for four hours.

4. I only follow 2 or 3 blogs of people that I don't know (one is a parenting blog and another is a food storage blog). When there's less stuff to check, you waste way less time. If I don't need to know what my friend on facebook had for breakfast, I definitely do not need to know what some random person in New York had for breakfast.

5. I try to limit the number of things I NEED to do on the internet. I read the scriptures the old school way, with a book and pencil. I print out the recipe if I can. They are little things, but seriously they can save hours of my time because I will waste less of it.

6. I try not to judge others' technology habits. Just because it is a problem for me does not mean the same actions will produce the same results for someone else. Like I've stated earlier, there's no way for me to know someone well enough to judge what's going on inside their head.

Well these are all things I try to do. I've broken all of them before, sometimes even all on the same day. But I am trying to be "present" and I don't want my kids to remember me as always in front of the screen, always saying "in a minute." I love this checklist (at the end of the article) that shows me I still have a lot to work on.

I would LOVE to hear if you have any ideas that have worked for your personally!


2 comments:

  1. I most definitely need to do better at some of these things. Casey and I have decided that Sunday is going to be our unplug day: no checking email, facebook, blogs, fantasy football, instagram, nothing. The only time we can use computers/phones are for face timing family or for my baby timer stuff (I did read the scriptures on my phone while in the mother's lounge at church but I thought that was acceptable?...). We did it this last Sunday and it was SO nice. I was amazed at how peaceful and calm the whole day felt! It's definitely going to become a new habit in our home.

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  2. I was seriously thinking about this today. And I don't have a good solution yet. ;) I think the fact that it's something your conscious about, speaks volumes.

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