Digital Heroin?

The article on “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies” caught my eye earlier. Then, saw another article on fear-mongering on the usage of digital technology for kids. I’m not going to repeat what they’ve said, so, do read it up at your own time first.

I know me. My experience first hand. Who and how I was and am.
Gaming since the early 90s, back when I was on MS-DOS (pc), Sega and Nintendo consoles.
Doing IT based on freelance, (for fun – gaming-based community) and work, since I started studying IT back in the early 2000s.
In addition to that, my used to be on-and-off obsession with gaming all throughout, something I’d like to touch on right now… an addiction.

The good thing is that I’m lucky enough to be able to differentiate between going too far in doing something and lacking behind in something, since I was young.
The bad thing is, as a normal human, I’m susceptible to being overdosed in something because we do perceive something as a norm at some point in time when doing something similar or in a pattern – or… get sucked in it.

I wouldn’t know how things will be for the future, but, if I do have kids, I’ll probably be the parent who will inform and teach my kids why and how technology works.
Nope, I will not give a smartphone or tablet to my kids, until, they’re matured enough (not by age – because for me, I was older beyond my years, even when I was in primary school – but, everyone is different, of course) to understand the difference between needs and wants and the good and bad of technology.
It’ll be tougher for me on one scale, because both my husband and me are avid gamers and we chill/relax or take our mind off work/reality by gaming, most of the time.
But, having technology itself that controls the rest of your ability to think well on doing your daily routine (such as work and school) and future endeavours, shines a red light.
Whenever I see young kids glued to their mobiles, I’m like.. “you’re missing out on a lot of things in life”.

Even as a techie, I don’t even really like being glued to my smartphone or ipad.
I’ll only whip them out whilst having long journey on the train and whatnot.
Which is just watching youtube or reading latest updates from my friends on fb.
ps. I rarely play the pokemon go, which, a lot of people are/were crazy about (and people are very surprised about thinking it’s supposed to relate to the amount of time I game).
Not even part of the zombie cult of being glued to a phone while walking, either.
I like to look around (except looking at people).
There is no correlation between my gaming hobby and being an IT personnel with being crazy about technology.
I HATE it when people talk about work (IT-related) or whatever latest IT thing is going on, especially when I’m off work.
You pretty much know so much and work with IT most of your waking life, that you don’t even want to go there, sometimes.
As I’ve said, gaming is my “time-off”.
So, even if you always see me gaming when I’m off work, it’s only because I don’t like going out – due to crowds, wasting money – you know.. the tendency to shop, yada yada.. I’m not exactly a people-person and I neither drink nor go to clubs/pubs/etc.

I’m going off-track with my rambling.

People can get hooked to something, more so, a child who doesn’t have enough capability to see the wrong in doing something – excessively, yet.

In my experience/POV, I do not get hooked to something I don’t like playing.
But, once I enjoy playing a particular game, there is a big possibility that I’ll get addicted to it.
To the point where (based on when I was still in school), I’ll miss out on proper meals, wanting to do the usual chores (studying, etc), sleeping less… in short, not wanting to do anything productive.
Most of the time, I would stop the binge because my skin was worsening (lol), because due to the unhealthy ways of not eating at the right times and the right kind of diet, touching my face after touching the mouse, keyboard and table – you know.. facepalms and getting angry and going all “omg!” moments sort and the likes and of course, not sleeping enough or enough sunlight.
Well, I’m still a girl who still cares to be presentable, in some way. +_+
Ah yes… the anger part.
I remember getting agitated with people.
I just didn’t want to be around people, at all, only because I only wanted to game and wanted to run away from “extra” activities of being told to do housework or going out with friends.

Back then, technology and video gaming were still young.
People didn’t know what could go wrong with it yet – the after-effects of excessive or addiction to technology.
The problem with now is that, it has become part of life to use technology.
Nearly everyone has a smartphone.
It has been integrated with the daily duties of a person.
You can’t exactly run away from its usage, but, you can control how and when you use it.

It should actually be easier on parents who aren’t glued to computers/smartphones.
Then again, the first thing that came to mind are people who love watching tv a lot, not much of a difference in that or one who wants to “silent” a child whilst the parents are doing something else.

I prefer my childhood though.
The one before I got addicted – I  only started to get that addiction because I was on a 6-months holiday from school, when I was 16 and it continued to live on and off through to my mid 20s.
Before that, I was doing A LOT of things, even though I was on video games once in a while.
That childhood where I played out in the sun, climbing trees, rolling in the field and playing soccer in the mud and rain, catching snails and lizards, oh.. how I love swings and jumping in mid-air.. haven’t seen a swing around here for years, swimming!! I would go swimming for hours and come home late and get scolded and I was very dark skinned because of swimming and running a lot back then – I tanned as quickly as I become fair back again. Ah yes, going fishing and it was pretty often.. nearly every weekend and cycling when I was bored fishing! Playing oldskool local games – five-stones, chap-teh, hopscotch, cat’s cradle, etc. Martial arts. I pretty much self-taught myself things like playing musical instruments and rollerblading because no one in my family knew how to.
Actually, even when I’m travelling, I tend to forget to take pictures because I get engrossed with everything around me.
The kids nowadays don’t do these.
If I could trade back the addiction years, I’d do more of those.
The only free time I have now is after work (and then, night school).
By the time I want to be out in the sun, the sun’s already out. XD

How did the parents in this time and space become afraid of their kids of getting sick, anyway – afraid of their child falling and getting mere scratches and whatnot?
Did their childhood get taken aback?
Just… wondering.
They’re not going to build their immunity system to a good average, that way.
— Probably why I can still stomach street food from other countries without getting sick, compared to a couple of people around.

Yes, times are changing.
Kids are now always on social media, trying to be known or obsessed with one’s self – don’t say it isn’t you when you’re always taking selfies with photo editors to make them look perfect or like some sort of animal, addicted to taking photos of food and whatnot – instead of enjoying the company of people around you and the good food you’ve been blessed with, the rise of digital abuse/bullying, easier to “communicate” with strangers – leading to problems like stalking/bullying/rape, etc.
Tougher on a parent too.
It’s not just about taking away the technology.
That’s inevitable.
It has to move towards educating on the usage instead.


❤ Icesabel


One thought on “Digital Heroin?

  1. So so true.

    I do not have a phone any more. But fact is ‘that one can’t walk away any more. The digital life is permanently engraved in lives. Whoever you call for support they refer to their websites or facebook. It is becoming beyond control as more companies use the phone as a hub for everything. Parking, taxi service, banking, paying, communication, self help insurance. All under the selling point of fast and simple so we have more free time (do we really).
    So not glue to pokemon go! Not that Socially disturbed.

    As a gamer myself i seen games change and these days it is easier to get addicted to a game as it almost plays automatically. We used to press a lot of buttons and destroy tons of mouses to get something done. And the addiction is in the mobile Free games with ingame purchases. The reward systems are bigger when you game loads.

    I played outdoors and soon as I found games with a tech loving mind I was hooked. Playing Unreal till dawn and go to work. (read mid 20’s) from the time I was on sega/nintendo/atari where one could not safe progress. ooh we had it tough. Unless we had an amiga ooh baby you would have been the man.

    Education is key I cannot agree with you more but we should be careful it does not overgrow the education system we already have. Some has shown these kids have trouble writing(news item here). The language they put down is or could be called irregular or even beyond understandable writing.

    Whenever in Holland give a shout out.


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