I have been signing off each email with this saying for years. However, my observation was confirmed when I heard this week that the appendix of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the book used by psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose psychological disorders, will add “Internet use disorder” to the appendix of the upcoming revision. Wow! This is a book my wife is familiar with because she has a masters degree in counseling, and one she uses to win arguments with me.
According to an article in The Week magazine, “Brain scans of Internet addicts — defined as anyone online more than 38 hours a week — resemble those of cocaine addicts and alcoholics. Symptoms of Internet addiction can range from depression to acute psychosis.”
We are no longer USERS of technology, but rather being USED by it. Demands by friends, co-workers, bosses, and family bombard us 24/7 and everyone expects an answer yesterday. Our culture tells us that we must do MORE MORE MORE in order to find success and be productive.
Here is a secret MORE MORE MORE does not bring success and productivity, just a lack of fulfillment and stress.
I remember one day going to a meeting at the show I am doing here on the Las Vegas Strip. The show has a cast of about 80. The first thing they told us was take your phones out, turn them off, and place them aside for this important meeting. After we did this they proceeded with the meeting. Now it’s just my nature to sit somewhere that I can see everyone in the crowd, just to see what people think and do. Well I will tell you, I got an eyeful. Almost everyone started moving and shifting around, reaching for their pockets, their phones. They were like fish out of water, or addicts without their fix. I even saw people sweating and rocking in their seats. I am convinced that if Simple Sense does not help the world be a better place to live, I can start a group called Technology Addicts Organization or TAO of Social Media!
The answer is Simple Sense.
Simple Sense is something that we are missing in our work and everyday lives. In our success-oriented world, it is not technology that brings success. It is using technology wisely, focusing on what is important and making Simple Sense that brings success.
So I ask you:
Do you want to enjoy life more?
At the end of each day, do you want to feel like you have accomplished everything you needed to do?
Do you want to get rid of all the stress in life?
YOU CAN! It is simple with SIMPLE SENSE.
It is important to take the first step and decide to make a change. To commit to simplifying our technology. Then we need to identify the clutter. We need to inventory and then assign value to the technologies we use and HOW we use them. Are we guilty of checking email constantly out of boredom? Can we no longer sit at a restaurant waiting for our companion to return from the bathroom without sending a text? Survey your behavior, decide if it is truly providing value to what you are doing in the moment. If not, then it is clutter and it is time to eliminate it.