My friend tells me her 11-year-old son is addicted to his smartphone. I work with children who are addicted to their smartphones, computers, apps, computer games, etc. I know adults who are addicted as well. I am sort of addicted to my computer; I’ll admit it. I sit at the computer to receive words of wisdom from Spiritual Presence, and instead I check my Facebook page, my email, my blog stats, and so on.
I’m turning to Spiritual Presence now to ask what can be done. What can be done about the LCD addiction (the term that will be used to represent addictions to computers, smartphones, etc.)? (Reading an e-book doesn’t count in the LCD addiction definition.) Here is the information I am receiving:
- The more time people spend in nature, the less time they will spend with the LCD.
- The more time people spend taking part in face-to-face interactions, the less time they will spend with the LCD.
- The more time people spend with animals, the less time they will spend with the LCD.
- The more that is done for other nonhuman aspects of the world, the more the focus will be off the LCD.
- The personal involvement in creative endeavors lessens the grip of the LCD. Creative endeavors includes making music, participating in athletic games, dancing in groups, bringing about artistic creations, actualizing family/friend gatherings, participating in traditional rituals—the list goes on and on. Creating materials to be viewed on the LCD do not count.
What to do:
- Plan more outings in nature.
- Get together with family and friends in person.
- Go to the zoo (if it is a humane zoo) or a petting zoo.
- Plant plants.
- Find a cause that inspires you and volunteer to help it.
- Participate in a group activity that invigorates you.
- Find puzzles you like and put them together. If you don’t like puzzles, then learn how to cook an ethnic food that you like (that it not from your ethnicity).
- Go for a walk and pick up trash in your neighborhood.
- Help, whenever you can.
- If you have children, include them in all these things.