The Antidote For Our Pathetic Digital Addiction

Jason Pfaff
4 min readMar 1, 2023
Photo by Ravi Kumar on Unsplash

Yay! Social decay

Welcome to planet Thumb-Clicker Wankerville. Whatever you do, make sure you’re disengaged from other humans and as distracted as possible.

“Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it good or right.” My grandfather used to say, well before cell-phones came into existence. How relevant is that statement today?

It’s the wild west. Everybody’s out for themselves and driven by consumer marketing trends. It’s not a free world, it’s a free market, big difference. We don’t think twice, we just willingly board the Titanic and follow along with what everybody else is doing.

Everybody’s doing it

Were cell-phones even a good idea? I was the last person with a flip-phone because deep inside I knew something was off. We are not capable of disciplining ourselves with all of these devices and trends. The people influencing society the most don’t seem to care about the human condition, rather just their bottom lines. Sad, really.

The streets are empty, there are barely any children playing outside anymore. Fortnite has become more popular than actually living, like we were up until the screens took over. We let it happen and signed up for it.

Depression and severe anxiety is doubling every generation. The suicide rate and rate of addictions are out of control. But not many people are talking about why. If you look at the timeline of when this happened, it’s easy to see that it correlates to the rise in use of computers, the internet, video games, and cell-phones.

“After 1 h/day of use, more hours of daily screen time were associated with lower psychological well-being, including less curiosity, lower self-control, more distractibility, more difficulty making friends, less emotional stability, being more difficult to care for, and inability to finish tasks. Among 14- to 17-year-olds, high users of screens were more than twice as likely to ever have been diagnosed with depression, ever diagnosed with anxiety treated by a mental health professional or have taken medication for a psychological or behavioral issue in the last 12 months. Moderate use of screens was also associated with lower psychological well-being. Non-users and low users of