I can quit whenever I want…

I’m probably going to the movie theater to watch Cocaine Bear soon because it seems like getting the full theater experience might be worth it with this one. And speaking of addictions (because people– and bears??– can get addicted to cocaine, right?), another movie I watched recently is what sparked this post. There was a teenager in the movie Us who was always, and I mean ALWAYS, on her phone. Even on a family vacation, the phone was glued to the teen’s hand.

I was just about to harshly judge gen Z for having this unhealthy tethering to their phones but the very simple, obvious thing is that I suffer from this same addiction and I’m in my 40s! There’s no age limit for the idea that someone can cherish their phone and everything it offers. The Social Dilemma is a very real thing. Just like a drug addiction, I see in my own life this thing I have a strong connection to. Or like a smoker who says, “I can quit whenever I want,” but in reality, they can’t quit at all.

I don’t know what the answer to this is except to relay a message I saw on Facebook (how ironic!) recently… Get outside and live life.

Wholeheartedly, I agree that being outside doing things is the remedy for this particular addiction. Lately in my world, it’s been roller skating. This dependency is I’m grateful there weren’t smartphones when I was growing up. Instead, we went outside and played. And now, even nearing my mid-40s I’m realizing the same thing is still the answer. I’m trying to make it a strong habit to turn my phone off, put it in airplane mode, or leave it in the camper and… go do.

See you tomorrow…

-Out of the Wilderness


Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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