Words of Wisdom
by Julie Weinstein
I recently came across a couple videos on YouTube that sort of rocked my world (this one sums them up). And one of the main takeaways from these videos is that most of us are absolutely addicted to our phones and social media, and of course, this comes as no surprise.
But what some of us might not realize (I didn’t until I saw the video) is that the dopamine hit we get when we look at our phone (whether to check a text, Instagram, etc) is a 400% spike, which is just slightly less than cocaine!!
Let that sink it.
I hate to admit it, but I am totally and completely addicted to my phone. I hate that I am, but I am. I find myself aimlessly scrolling feeds more often than I’d like to admit. It’s habitual now, and I wish that it wasn’t!
Though maybe we didn’t know how powerful of an addiction this is, we all know this is a problem. But what are we doing about the problem? In her summer bucket list, Carrie included the idea of going 24 hours phone-free. The one thing I always personally make sure of (and have done so for a while now) is to keep my phone away when I’m out with someone having dinner, drinks, whatever. Unless I’m waiting for an urgent call or text, that phone is upside down and/or in my bag. When I’m with someone talking and catching up and connecting, that phone is my last priority.
However (and it’s a big however), when I’m not with someone catching up, I’m glued to my phone. Ugh! Again, I hate to admit that.
But I know I’m not alone.