The number of times I’ve picked up a book and dropped it to check my phone is despicable. I have a huge stack of books to be read, yet I find myself watching random YouTube videos. At first it was funny like “Oh I’ll just watch this last cat video and get back.” But the thing is it never stopped. There are a million videos on YouTube and somehow I’ve made it my aim in life to watch them all.
The next experiment I tried was to turn off my computer so that I could concentrate better on my book. But my hands have a weird magnetic attraction to my cell phone and the next thing you know I’m checking Twitter. I realize the need to disconnect myself from technology is infinitely greater now.
I can feel technology slowly creeping in to all faucets of my life and setting shop. I know that’s a bad thing and I should stop, especially when it comes to my reading. Sometimes I feel like this online life is inching out my social life and just my life in general. How do I consciously stay disconnected at least for an hour without checking my phone. I don’t even get that many messages! I’m not that important!
When I was growing up I was anti social yes, but I read. I read all the time. I tried my best to get out from playing with other kids so I could read My mom hated it. She pushed me to play with the other kids. We can see now that it had absolutely no effect on me. I just want to go back to the time when I didn’t own a smart phone and my brother didn’t let me touch the computer. Things were much simpler back then. I didn’t worry about the future or Instagram and I managed to finish reading my book in record time.
Time machine or tips, anyone?
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Oh my God! Yes. I’m so ashamed of myself too. Haven’t been able to finish ONE book in the last 6-7 months! I plan to go back to dabba phone soon. No more distractions!!
I’ve been reading the one book for a good eight months now. It’s either a few pages a day or none at all!
I was a bookworm when I was a kid too! And yes, now addicted to the Internet and social media. Perhaps time for a digital detox?
Digital detox sounds good!
I really don’t know, I wonder and hope I can manage when back in India without constant touch with technology.
I’m in India right now and am finding it so hard!!
ditto, ditto..thanks to all the meaningless videos I watch on youtube, all the mindless scrolling on FB..I am struggling to finish a book, which back in days, I would have finished in a week
Sigh, I know what you mean! Mindless FB scrolling is the worst possible way to waste time!