Filters needed.

I was at a hospital. I asked for an injection showing the prescription. She looked at the paper, said that I have to bring the vial. She went back to the phone screen. She did not see my face. I was a disturbance.

I went to a shop. Asked for the thing. He did not obviously wanted to be taken away from the TV series he was watching. He said ‘No’. Went back to the screen. Customers are most unwelcome.

I had similar experiences in banks, government offices, and street corner shops. Basically everywhere.

It’s time to create filters and get out of the personal bubbles while you are working. When you are serving people. When you are having a conversation with someone. Because it is not so visible to you. Because you are inside the bubble. Someone has to give you the feedback. My feedback was from my wife. When someone says that you are too addicted to the screen, you better think and have filters. Do not shrug it off.

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5 thoughts on “Filters needed.

  1. ‘Screen Addiction’ is a real problem because an average human spends about 10 hours per day looking at various screens. Lots of productive hours go unproductive, could be at work or could be at home eating into the time left to mingle with family. Why this can not be controlled is that screen addicted person develops something called ‘fear solitude’, where s/he tends to fear that they will be left out/made lonely, if they do not keep constant touch online with friends and other virtually connected parties. Psychologists say that we need to rewire brains to address this. But, with my experience, I can tell you, going complete screen detox can help you have a great control over screen addiction. You can return to your screens after detox but trust me, you won’t have the urge to check the screen all the time. Tested and proven 🙂

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    1. Spot on, Isura. It’s also beyond screen addiction – it’s device distraction. I teach for a living, and I see this every day. Attention spans are in a serious freefall, and few seem to care, or notice. My wife also teachers -pre-school kids– and she sees this too. Device fatigue and screens seem to max out our capacity for attention. Hajara also touches on a related issue, the ‘solitude’ of being connected – ironic as it might seem. We flippantly call this ‘FOMO’ (a topic I wrote about recently) but it is more serious than this, really. Thanks for bringing this up.

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      1. yes, the issue is beyond FOMO or any acronym. It is defining life for many of us, if go un attended.

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    2. Indeed. Digital detox is a must for keeping the sanity. I do it more often now.

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