By Rose Osman
When was the last time you spent an entire day without mobile phones by your side? And how do you feel when you do not have access to the virtual world? Can you spend time alone without browsing the social media or playing games?
First, we need to acknowledge the urge and attachment we have with our screens and we are going to explore the most subtle addiction we have as a collective.
According to Google, screen is a noun described as ‘a flat panel or area on an electronic device such as a television, computer, or smartphone, on which images and data are displayed’. Whenever we use screens such as mobile phones or television, we are accessing data. Addiction on the other hand simply means the inability to stop doing or using something, especially something harmful (Cambridge Dictionary). Addiction to screen is complex because we are not addicted to the screen itself but rather addicted to the stimulation that we receive through the data displayed. This alone creates our dependency on mobile phones, television and gaming.
These forms of addiction may not look like addiction towards drugs, alcohol, gambling or sex but the effects on individual and collectives are still the same. Any form of addiction weakens our muscles, reduces our awareness and possibly distort our energetic field be it individually and collectively. And here lies the danger of this addiction; the social acceptance towards it.
Take mobile phones for example, since it has become a daily need for us these days, we may come to a point that we do not see it as an addiction for what it is. This is a hurtful truth to acknowledge. Our addiction towards the screen has become a silent killer in many ways. It kills our relationship, families, personal growth and health. Think this…How many of you feel happier looking at screens than enjoying the aliveness of everyone and everything present around you?