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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Hello I’m James and I am an addict

  • There’s no better way to prove to yourself that you are not addicted to something than by taking that something away and then realizing you can manage perfectly without it.
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  • There’s no better way to prove to yourself that you are not addicted to something than by taking that something away and then realizing you can manage perfectly without it.
     
    I have convinced myself over the years that I am addicted to technology. I’ve said it out loud many times. I don’t attend special meetings with others that suffer from this overcoming syndrome or disease, but I’ve done pretty much everything else to prove that I am, in fact, an addict.
     
    I purchase, or intend to purchase, the latest and greatest. I try my hardest to convince my wife that we not only desire the largest television, but that we actually need it. I hold my computers to the highest standards by ridiculing and threatening to toss them across the room if there’s an inkling of hesitation or slight “slowness” from the operating system. Then there’s the big one. The one thing that can easily push me right over the edge and propel me into a spiraling whirlwind of madness and frustration is a dropped call on my so called “smart” phone.
     
    I know it’s what some would call “first world problems.” I realize that if I stepped back and looked at the situation and the importance I put on these gadgets and tools, it would (or at least should be) very minor. I know, I know…
     
    So this past weekend I was forced by geography to not be able to use my phone. I could barely access the internet. Believe me I tried. I didn’t even read or watch the news. You know what? I was just fine. No withdrawals. I think my blood pressure actually went down. I may even test myself with other behaviors I’m almost positive I’ve become addicted to.
     
    Does this mean I quit technology? Never in a million years. But now I have a little perspective. I now know that I can put down that awesome email and texting device that can sometimes be used as a phone any time I want…
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