Technology and American values

No, I’m not going to drone on about how American society (and many other countries globally) have become obsessed with our iPhones and other forms of technology that have pervaded almost all aspects of our daily lives. What I am going to pose is this: have you ever thought about the downside to spending so much time scrolling through Facebook and Twitter comparing yourself to others who are living edited,  lavish lives galavanting the world? Let me tell you: it’s not healthy!! We all know it, so why do we continue to exercise our thumbs and constantly check for new posts on social media sites? Do you think you could be doing more productive things with your time rather than spending it scrolling on your phones and other technology gadgets? Then CHANGE your habits! No one is going to hold your hand and give you positive reinforcement for spending less time on your phone each day. But I guarantee that if you try to decrease your technology time and use that time to talk with an old friend, go for a run, build a garden, then your life will be more fulfilling.  Imagine if you were addicted to something that actually filled you with peace and happiness rather than empty feelings of “I’m not pretty enough”, “why does she have a boyfriend and I don’t” and other inadequacies. Only you have the power to stop negative habits and replace them with positive ones, so what are you waiting for? If you don’t have the self-control to “quit” technology or reduce your daily time with technology, I encourage you to read Chellis Glendinning’s book My name is Chellis and I’m Recovering from Western Civilization. Chellis is a clinical psychologist who has significantly contributed to contemporary information on society’s disconnect from nature by applying psychological concepts of trauma and adiction to our current ecological crises. In other words, Chellis believes that the current disconnect between people and nature in the western world – and the corresponding dependence on technology – can be explained through psychological theories of addiction. Yikes!

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