Admit it – while you might not consider yourself “addicted” to social media, you’ve probably caught yourself so focused on checking it you often stop and wonder. While we’re probably not deleting our social media accounts tomorrow, we’re all getting worried that we’re losing ourselves in that giant black sucking hole. For instance, how many times have you:
– Been the passenger in the car and totally ignored your spouse or friends because you can’t take your eyes off your phone?
– Caught yourself checking social media while you wait for your meal in a restaurant (even when you’re with friends)?
– Started meetings by setting your phone on the table just in case you get an important text message?
– Had a few minutes to wait before a movie starts so you pull out your phone, totally ignoring your friend sitting next to you?
The list goes on and on, but you get it. And in case you still refuse to believe the addictive nature of social media, I’d encourage you to read “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.”
I’m not a therapist, but here’s something I’ve started doing to get my life back from the constant social media pull:
– Start carrying a small book around. I’m serious about “small” because it should easily fit in a purse, man-bag, briefcase or even a pocket or you won’t use it. There are thousands of books that fit that size requirement, and my recommendation is to purchase a handful that will help you move to the next level in whatever area you’re focusing on right now. It may be your career, leadership, creativity, family, relationships, etc. A short read that you can digest quickly and easily.
One thing I’ve done is purchase a fantastic boxed set published in the United Kingdom called “The Pocket Canons.” It’s the King James Bible, with each book printed as a small separate paperback all in a boxed set. I leave it on my desk, and whenever I run out for a meeting, doctor visit, video shoot, or anything else, I grab one of the paperbacks. Then when a few minutes free up or things get boring, instead of reaching for my phone, I read a chapter of the Bible from one of the Pocket Canons. Each is slim enough to fit into my pocket, so it’s easy to carry and read.
Whatever your preference for reading might be, I’d encourage you to try a small paperback book instead of constantly reaching for the phone.
It may not seem like much, but since the average adult checks his or her phone more than 110 times a day – by at least occasionally substituting that for a book, think of how much you’ll read in a year.
And chances are, you probably don’t need to see another cat video.
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