Season: 4 Episode: 048
Can we become addicted to cell phones? Shanda interviews Cecily Dickey about the harmful effects of cell phone usage. How is technology is shaping our relationships and interaction with society? It may surprise you to find that our bodies respond to notifications in the same way it responds to drugs, food and other things. All of these produce a physiological response. Check out this eye opening episode and learn how you can beat cell phone addiction.
“Cell phone addiction is a normalized addiction.”
“How you spend your minutes is how you spend your life.”
“The smart phone has learned how to outsmart you.”
“Are you choosing easy over meaningful?”
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Cell Phone Addiction: Limiting Social Media In Your Life: Keeping the Balance of Power in Check
Today I am going to introduce you to a very special friend of mine, Cecily Dickey. Cecily lives in BC, Canada, with her husband and 3 kids. They spend their days on their farm homeschooling and adventuring. Cecily is passionate about equipping women to embrace truth in their lives. She desires that all women establish and live out priorities, say no to distraction, and find calm in the midst of what can seem like a chaotic world.
Cecily doesn’t give herself enough credit for the amazing things she does. She makes her own yogurt. Her farm is beautiful, and she rarely has to buy food from the grocery store. She grows it all herself. So don’t let her fool you. She’s not your average farmer.
Cecily, welcome to the podcast. I am so excited to tackle this topic.
What are some signs people are addicted to their cell phones?
- Reaching for your phone when your hands are busy or not.
- Anxiety over leaving your phone.
- A rush when the phone screen lights up, or at the sound of a notification.
- Looking at your phone when you’re in the presence of others.
- Increased irritability and restlessness.
- A lack of motivation and procrastination.
- If your time doesn’t align with your values, there could be an addiction getting in the way.
- Neglect your physical needs.
Why is cell phone addiction becoming an issue in our society?
- People are craving community and validation.
- Stems from issues we have that are compounded.
- Dopamine controls the emotional and mental responses. In addition, dopamine is released during phone usage.
How is this impacting families and reality in general?
- Creates comparison.
- Anxiety and depression and other unhealthy results.
- They affect how we perceive reality.
- Children are watching their parents stare at a phone in their hands.
- We choose easy over the meaningful and it affects our relationships with our kids.
Actually, since the millennial and Gen Z generations are growing up with cell phone usage as the norm, does this have a different impact on them?
What are some practical tips to monitor cell phones usage and break the addiction?
What are some ways we can impact the faith of others right where we are?