Most people now check their smartphones every five minutes, or approximately 190 times per day causing us to walk around in a chronic state of anxiety. Do we need an app that flushes the toilet from the road?
Nancy Colier says
[technology addition is] more of a like an eating disorder than it is a drinking problem or a drugging problem because, again, we have to find freedom in technology, not from technology. We have to find a handshake here with it; we can’t become abstinent, it’s really not an option…We’re all in. We’re in. The other piece is that other addictions take you outside the club -they make you an outsider, you’re excluded from normal society. Well as we know, this makes you an insider. The more you can talk about your apps, and talk about your upgrades…
In the Buddhist tradition, there’s a saying that the mind is like a wild monkey that’s locked in a cage, drunk a bottle of wine, and been stung by a bee. If that’s what the mind was like before technology, then on technology, the mind is a wild, locked-up monkey that’s drunk two bottles of wine chased by a shot of scotch, and been stung by a whole swarm of bees.
We’re also becoming more and more fearful of spending any time with ourselves….a lot of my clients describe that the scariest time of the day is when they’re going to bed at night, and after the devices, if they are ever OFF, when they turn off and it’s just them there. That feels like a death now. It’s an interesting time because you see now people are not processing their own experience inside themselves.
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