You may not look at digital addiction as a big problem in our society, but the side effects are everywhere. Adults and young people all around us are struggling to pull themselves away from digital screens and experiencing the anhedonic loss of pleasure from normal life.
Do you reject the idea that you may have a problem with digital addiction? Have you been ignoring the symptoms of digital addiction in yourself or your child because you don’t want to have to face them?
For the same reason, many addicts reject good counsel or good therapy. This issue has become systemic to our society—in just a few short years, really. We’re in the digital forest, so we don’t see the digital trees. Think about it. In areas where cannibalism is systemic to the society, there is a similar situation—just in a different forest. By the way, having your neighbor over for dinner over there means something entirely different than it does here in the States. We look at those people and say: “What are they doing to one another over there?” But, if those same cannibals could see America from a 30,000 foot view, they’d see us walking around with opiate-level addictive appendages in our hands and in our KID’S hands—with our blessing and on our dime no less. They might say: “What are they doing to one another over there! And to their kids, for crying out loud!” I haven’t even mentioned the 24/7 sexual perversion, violence, and distorted perspectives on reality that come along with these addictive adult toys.
So, now we’ve got a society of anhedonic, digitally demented, attention-deficit, and narcissistic young people running around. They can decode computers, but they can’t change a vacuum cleaner bag—nor do they care to learn. Why? Because they’ve been amused and entertained into imbecility, and parents have been brainwashed to think, often by people who hold degrees in mental health no less, that this is all just a part of growing up!
Like those cannibals, we’re blind to the absolute absurdity of our own appetites, habits, and addictions. Why? Because these things are now just part of who we are as a people. Even for the iSlaves who do see it, well, they’re often too addicted themselves to do anything about it. This stuff just came at us too hard and too fast, yet smartphones are only 8 years old and iPads are newer than that. The impact these things have had on the individual, and our society at large, has radically changed us forever—not always for the better.
Digital devices are here to stay. We may as well learn to use them as tools for our good rather than weapons for our demise.
Picture provided by: Katherine McAdoo