Tactical Tip #110 Blow up your TV and throw away your cell phones!

A funny old John Prine Tune, called” Spanish Pipe dream,” gives us this advice, but I added the words, “cell phone,” you get the idea.  A Google search of tech addictions results in 1,250,000 results, it’s a problem.  We have all had our phones in our faces for too long then looked up strained our necks and then see it, the sun, brilliant and hiding just behind a splash of tangerine colored clouds. And then we think, “What else have I missed, or did I barely miss?” Habits are harder to break once their formed than if we avoid them in the first place.

Our tech addictions have separated us from each other and inhibited us in many more ways than one might consider initially but consider setting a better example for the sake of your kids or grandkids.

  • It reduces our creativity levels- Daniel Pink in his bestselling book, “A Whole Mind” states the economic future points to a shift from the Left brain thinkers to the right brain thinkers. He states that the artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, and big picture thinkers that will now reap society’s riches rewards and share it greatest joys, and not necessarily the tech guy or theMBA who can crunch numbers.
  • It reduces our levels of safety- Human interaction tells us a lot about other individuals, their body language, facial expressions and tone of voice, it all aid us in discerningbetween threat versesWhen we or let our children isolate ourselves from real human interaction our innate human instincts that talk to us and keep us safe from harm become diminished. This results in not paying attention to small nuances that would otherwise warn us of potential problemsin everyday situations, is this parking lot safe to park in,  who are those loitering at the gas pumps,  why won’t this person make eye contact, and how did all this graffiti get here in this neighborhood?

According to a New York Times article by Nick Bilton, he writes a fascinating article, “Steve Jobs Was a Low Tech Parent,” he states a conversation he had with Jobs once, “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Nick goes on to say, “I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’ household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.”

“Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.”

“Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.”

There is no big secret to not starting an addiction, you just don’t start one, and then there is no habit to break. It just becomes your lifestyle like eating healthy, exercising, enriching your soul, you just do it because it is good for you.  And you do it because it gives you the Tactical Advantage!