Today’s post is the Number 2 of the series of 5.
To look at the video on Youtube, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQto3V8ovDo&t=2s
I want to thank all the people who participated in the 1st challenge and shared their experience with me. It looks like my video raised a certain interest, as well as some strong reactions.
I believe I touched a sensitive subject here. Therefore, I think it’s important to clarify that I am not against the use of mobile phones or any other devices. Or even the existence of social media.
All of these devices are useful, for a diverse number of reasons.
In fact, it allows us to spread inspiring messages from leaders that can have a huge impact on our lives. Imagine how messages from people such as Martin Luther King Jr could have been shared all over the world, if Internet was available in those times!
Today, it’s so easy to find on social media fantastic people who can contribute to our personal growth by sharing some powerful tools with us.
Then I have no doubt on the benefit of it.
What I am worried about, both on a personal level and as a coach, is the time we are allocating to this activity and the type of information we are looking at. People of all ages choose to scroll up and down on social media, admiring people they’ve never met and they won’t either meet.
Is it so difficult to have a genuine conversation with our spouse or partner, after so many years living together, you know, like in the old days?
Do we have the feeling that it’s impossible to meet our soul mate outside the virtual world?
I am an optimistic person, and I believe it’s possible. We simply need to learn how to do it again.
Here is my challenge for today.
You managed to get rid of your phone and were offline for 2 full hours. That’s a good start but I am sure you can do better.
Are you actually aware how often you are dragged in the digital world? Do you consciously use your mobile device or it is rather an unconscious consumption that fills the void? You can’t answer this question?
Well, here is the challenge: For the next 24 hours I want you to write every minute you spend with your mobile device, your laptop or any other tool that allows you to access the digital world. Yes, that also includes your famous play station!!. You can use a small notebook and keep it with you all the time.
Please be as precise as possible and write down not only the time spent but also the content and how was your emotional state at that time.
WHY do you think you should you do that?
Looking at your journal after this little experiment will help you to acknowledge your digital addiction.
And as you see it black on white you can also differentiate between the parts that support your well-being and the parts that simply serves your need to escape from the real world.
Good luck in your experiment!
Tomorrow, we will go deeper in the challenge!