Raise your hand if you have an addiction to technology? The fact that you’re reading this right now suggests you’re somewhat attached. We’re talking emails, Facebook, Instagram, a cheeky tweet every now and then. Even checking your texts during dinner, or while you’re meant to be running on the treadmill. Any of this sounding familiar?
We’ve got a few tips for keeping the phone and computer checking to a minimum during the holiday season. Your loved ones want to see your face at least once over the break. You can call it a technology detox if you like.
Let’s start with the work emails.
These bad boys really need to go. For two weeks at least. Use a separate phone/laptop for work? This makes things easy. Put.It.Away. Better yet, leave it at the office. You don’t need it, it doesn’t need you. If you use your personal phone and computer for work emails, this is harder. Suspend your work email for the holiday period and delete apps that make noises urging you to check them. Calendars, planners, traveling apps. You know which ones are there.
When Instagram and Twitter are more the problem.
You couldn’t care less about work emails. You’re all about Facebook chats, Instagram filters, and the latest Twitter thread, right? This is going to feel drastic, but you should consider deleting the apps for the holiday period. We know, no one will be able to see your perfect bowl of holiday spiced muesli on Christmas morning #christmasbreakfast, BUT you might just enjoy it a little more. You might even be able to talk to your mother while you eat it. Or heaven forbid, enjoy the sunshine.
You don’t discriminate.
Work emails, Twitter, Snapchat, news.com. You really don’t care what it is, you just want the internet in your hands at all times. This one is serious. We’re going to suggest you turn off cellular data and WIFI. Yes we do understand the ramifications of this. You can still text and call. But, just like the good ol’ days, you won’t be able to check the world wide web from your phone.
You’re afraid you’re going to crack under the pressure.
You need a sponsor. Someone close to you who understands that your addiction is real. You get them to change all of your passwords (keep breathing), and give them to you at the end of the two weeks or so. Then you know even if you want to crack, you won’t be able to. This is not for the fainthearted.
You just can’t decide which one you need more.
It’s time to do all of the above. Change the passwords, delete the apps, disconnect the internet, and lock phones away anywhere and everywhere. This one is for the most addicted of all of us.
Happy holidays addicts.