Overcoming Electronic/Internet Addiction - Day 0
I woke up today at around 10:30 am because I binge-watched a Netflix show until around 4 in the morning…
I’ve been aware for quite some time about how living in this age of internet and smartphones can hook us in for constant stimulation and program ourselves to make boredom extremely unbearable even if it’s just for 5mins.
The escape from boredom is an option that’s always available to us and many of us feel that boredom is unproductive and that we should always be doing something. But studies are now starting to prove that boredom is good for us especially for enhancing our creativity:
I’ve challenged myself in the past to try and go at least 90 days without the use of electronics unless it’s for essential activities like work, studies, communication, etc. But I relapsed at around the 10th of abstinence. It just goes to show that this has become a real addiction for me.
Although I’m a functional addict, events like last night occur from time to time and such behaviors prevent me from achieving my goals. It also makes me feel like a big hypocrite since I’m the founder of an addiction recovery company and my community looks up to me for guidance for their own journey of self-mastery.
So I’ve decided to make this post to keep myself accountable. My goal is to go 30 days without any electronic stimulations. No TV shows, no movies, no anime, no random youtube videos, no social media or similar apps, no video games, no unnecessary information (related to no random youtube videos like watching videos on politics), and no music. The only exception is if I indulge in such activities as part of social bonding.
I’ll try to make a post here every 3 days to keep a record of my progress and to keep myself accountable.
If you’re also dealing with a similar problem in your life, I challenge you to take up this 30-day challenge with me!