Ok, ok. So, yesterday’s post was about some scary stuff. Are we on our way to being like the people in the movie WALL-E? Are we setting ourselves up to be taken over by our computers? Some say that has already happened. But let’s look at our current state in a more scientific way. Before going into that, a little disclaimer. The measurement of internet usage from normal to pathological is debated. However, there are widely respected and well researched tools available. Dr. Kimberly Young, founder of The Center for Internet Addiction, uses these tools as part of the first evidenced-based Digital Detox™ recovery program.
I took the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and scored a 38. You can share your score but this is no competition. I doubt many of you will score high but it’s good to be familiar with the symptoms of misuse.
Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
Regardless, of whether you score high or not, you may know it’s time to cut down on your gadget use. (I know less media indulgence would help simplify my life). Here are strategies to assist us:
- Schedule gadget time between must do events or activities
- Set goal time but get there in a step-down manner
- May need to totally abstain from media if unable to control yourself
- Evaluate when during the day you use media and schedule other activities at those times
- Write down things you would do or used to do before using this level of media and do them (get to bed on time, finish tasks quicker, etc.)
- Write down your ROI for changing this habit (better mood, feeling of accomplishment, etc.)
- Get an accountability partner to help keep you honest and motivated
For those interested, there is a Parent-Child Internet Addiction Test to help assess your child’s level of internet engagement.
Be well, Beloved.