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This Ad Shows Us The Detrimental Effects Of Phone Addiction

This Ad Shows Us The Detrimental Effects Of Phone Addiction

If I were to make a bet on how you’re reading this article, I would bet you’re on your phone. Wait, don’t put it away just yet. Unless your kids are around. Then by all means, bookmark this article and come back to it when they’re sleeping.

If you laughed at that, good. I was trying to find humor in what is a very serious topic. The truth is, our phones are tearing us away from making any sort of real connection with other individuals throughout many times in our lives. It’s one thing to take your phone out while waiting for the subway, but it’s another to be so attached to it that you miss out on the big things in life. Even missing out on the little things adds up over time.

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Ogilvy & Mather China has put together an advertising campaign titled “Phone Wall” which visualizes the symbolic barriers we put up in our lives when we become too connected to the Internet and our phones.

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    Is that an explosion on the father’s screen? Is he watching YouTube? What could possibly be so entertaining that it’s worth missing out on the project his son is working on? While the father is busy letting a video do all the entertaining, his son is using his imagination to create his own entertainment. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before the child realizes he can sit back and let an electronic box do all the work for him, and the cycle will unfortunately continue.

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      This is a similar situation, but the body language exhibited by mother and daughter is in much greater contrast. The mother seems quite content browsing the web for a new pair of shoes while sipping her coffee, but the daughter definitely looks as if something’s missing in her life. Look: She has a bunch of toys and dolls to play with (and that’s just what’s in front of her), yet she seems so disillusioned that she’s ignoring the pile of stuffed animals on the ground, presumably waiting for something better to come along. Perhaps if her mother would pay some attention to her and push her imagination to its limits, the young girl would find some joy in her life.

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        Do these two even like each other? It’s incredibly hard to tell. The husband seems pretty bothered by the fact that his wife would rather stay up talking to her friends while laying in bed than, you know, actually pay attention to the person she presumably loves. They could, at the very least, watch videos or read together using the same phone. But even that seems like it’d be too much to ask. Sadly enough, you just know that if she were to put her phone away and actually pay attention to her husband, she’d be distracted by dings and vibrations every couple of minutes. If she’s so intent on communicating with her friends, why don’t they just all get together instead of wasting time staring at a screen?

        Implications

        The implications to cell phone addiction are pretty obvious. Now, let’s take a moment and realize that children as young as 8 years old are spending an average of 8 hours a day interacting with some type of electronic media. Your average teenager sends over 3,000 texts a month. You’d almost rather they pick up the house phone and tie up the line having actual conversations! In all seriousness, children spend so much time with electronics because they’ve learned that it’s okay. They’ve learned that it’s simply the way of the world. If you want your children to put down their phones and actually live, you have to do so yourself.

        Featured photo credit: Flickr via farm5.staticflickr.com

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        Last Updated on January 18, 2019

        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

        Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

        But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

        If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

        1. Limit the time you spend with them.

        First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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        In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

        Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

        2. Speak up for yourself.

        Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

        3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

        This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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        But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

        4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

        Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

        This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

        Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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        5. Change the subject.

        When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

        Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

        6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

        Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

        I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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        You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

        Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

        7. Leave them behind.

        Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

        If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

        That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

        You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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