Many of us have been on diets over the years.
Anything in excess is bad, which was precisely what my aunt told me after she saw me eat an entire large pizza on a dare at age 12. Her advice resonated with me a few hours later when I got a Babe Ruth size stomachache and had to live on Pepto-Bismol for the next 48 hours.
The valuable lesson I learned back then is that anything pleasurable is addicting and, evidently, spending time on our personal devices fits neatly into that category. It’s become a big problem that’s affecting both men and women, young and old equally, it seems.
It’s easy to get addicted to our personal devices that can change our lives in many ways—both good and bad. As a busy collision repair professional, you’re balancing half a dozen things simultaneously, and much of it involves your cellphone. You need to text an insurance agent; call your paint jobber; send several emails to employees, customers and vendors, etc.
Digital overload is affecting people so much that many are doing a “digital detox,” where they go cold turkey over a period of time. To me, that sounds a little daunting and I fear I might lose my mind from digital withdrawal.
Everyone has their own reason to digitally diet. The other day, I was out with some people who represented three age groups—I was the senior (61); there was a Millennial (32), and we were accompanied by a Gen Xer (23). We didn’t have much in common, except for the fact that we all admittedly spend too much time on our personal devices.
The Gen Xer is a huge music fan and has more than 800 songs on his phone. If he’s awake, it means he’s connected to his earplugs which seals him away from the real world, which he likes.