The opposite of addiction is connection

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The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is
connection.

— JOHANN HARI

In a podcast episode by Your Undivided Attention, titled the Opposite of Addiction, Johann Hari makes the case that addiction, among other mental health issues, is a symptom of a deeper problem of a disconnected society (a must listen!). 

In other words, the issue of internet addiction isn’t the internet itself, but rather the void it helps us fill.

In other words, addiction is escapism.

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What I’ve learned from not browsing on my phone for a month

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I have been meaning to write a follow-up to my digital minimalism challenge post for the past two weeks now but there is always something easier to do, something more fun, at a tap of a screen.

Most can relate to the challenge of distracting apps and platforms that clutter our lives and make it harder to focus our attention on things we value.

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Creating space between you and your smartphone

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Last year, Apple released the Screen Time app as part of its “digital health” initiative to address growing concerns around increasing device usage, smartphone addiction and social media’s impact on our mental well-being.

As much as it hurts me deeply to admit this, according to my Screen Time app, last week I spent 38 hours and 37 minutes on my phone with a daily average of 5 hours and 31 minutes.

That’s a full-time job.

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How to use your smartphone like a hammer

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If we used our phones more like a hammer, would our life be a lot better? At least, according to the musical genius himself, yes.

Look at your phone as a tool, not an obligation. Would you walk around with a hammer in your pocket?  You would pick up a hammer when you needed it. You would never be addicted or obligated to it. Use your phone like a hammer only pick it up when you need it.

KANYE WEST

It is a very good advice.

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