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Written By Victoria B., – Official Contributor of The Crowned Series

The last time I wrote, I spoke of the perpetual journey we all take to finding our purpose. The beauty of this is that there is never an endpoint. We all continue to grow. Since becoming aware of this, I am able to point out all of the distractions in my life. The first step into fixing the issue of overexertion is to realize that there is one.

7 hours and 40 minutes. That’s the amount of time I spend on my phone daily. That astounding number adds up to around 2.2 days out of each week and 114 days out of my year that is essentially wasted. There are so many things that I could do with that time. I could write a book in that amount of time! Since the invention on the smartphone, people are becoming increasingly unaware of the world that surrounds them. Yes, in many cases it can act as an equalizer, leveling the playing field for so many across the globe. But in retrospect, it detaches us from reality. Our social skills are beginning to deteriorate as almost all forms of communication are executed through technology. This is becoming increasingly evident when people enter the professional world cannot properly function in social settings due to the lack of practice with their communication skills. 

This absence of synergy among us in our society has also been established as a direct correlation to the amount of well-being that we all feel. “Whether it’s someone you’ve never met or it’s friends and family, spending time with people face to face is linked with happiness” (Lynne Peeples). It also inhibits the number of different opinions we are exposed to. 

This utter fascination with technology also inhibits our minds to ease. The fact of the matter is that we aren’t truly allowing ourselves to relax and decompress as we so desperately need. Going forward, I am going to challenge myself and anyone else willing and able to limit phone usage to just 2 hours a day. Anything less, realistically speaking, is not achievable at this point. Personally, I plan on doing this by not checking it immediately after I wake up. Instead, I’ll put on some gentle morning wake up music (you know the kind) and get energized that way. Throughout the day as I get tired, I’ll try to close my eyes, have an engaging conversation with someone or maybe even read the rest of my book that I have been working on for the past 6 months. This will give my mind the time to truly “shut down” and connect with others around me. When I get home in the evenings, instead of spending hours on Instagram, Tik Tok, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. I’ll read the New York Times magazine that I’m subscribed to, cook with my mother, or draw something in my sketchbook that has been neglected since the start of my higher education. This way, I’ll still be caught up on the current happenings of the world and doing something that sparks joy without submitting myself to inevitable distractions that my phone gives me. 

Through this, I am hoping to become more in tune with the physical world around me and less tethered to the facade or mask the internet creates. This will enable me to establish my roots in the present and allow me to explore other options of spending my time doing something more productive.

 Victoria B., Official Contributor of The Crowned Series

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