Confessions Of A Tablet Addict

Hello. My name is Nathan. Until recently, I had been clean for the past 32 days. Then with a single decision it was all gone.

I am a tablet addict.

There used to be a time when I never thought I would find myself in this position. I had friends who were on the tablet day in and day out. I saw them and their inability to function without their fix. I had witnessed my family obsessively crushing candy and I swore to myself that this would never be me.

Then one day late last year, I gave in. In a moment of weakness, I went to the nearest Best Buy and grabbed one. I told myself I would only use it when I really needed to. It would definitely not become a crutch like it had for everyone else I know.

As I am sure you know, the tablet is a cruel mistress. Sure, you may start out with the best intentions, but soon you find yourself picking it up more and more every day. Once it gets its icy technological grip on you, there is little you can do to escape it.

I found myself craving it. I would spend hours running my fingers across its smooth surface, looking for apps, downloading book after book. Instead of hiding behind closed doors while using it, I began to take it out in public. I no longer cared if the world knew that I was fully dependent on the beast. The only thing I cared about was the next time I would be able to get another hit of sweet technology.

I found myself watching television, but instead of witnessing what was happening on the screen, I was engrossed in a game of NBA Jam. That is when I hit rock bottom. My attention span was at zero. If I went too long without it, I would find myself desperately grasping at my phone, hoping for the same thrill. I was a full-fledged addict like I swore I would never be.

Somehow, I managed to get clean. I quit cold turkey. For a few weeks, I was finally free of the burden that comes with this type of dependence. Then today, I decided to look at a few things. The next thing I knew, I was in the app store.

“Oh! Monopoly is a free download today!” I said, pushing the download button. Just like that, I was hooked again. My little top hat flipped around the board and before I knew it, I had played three games. Then four. Then five.

Today, I downloaded five new apps, four of which I will probably never use. I convinced myself that I needed the rush again. I do not claim to be perfect, so I accept that this has happened. I guess the best that I can do is take it one day at a time.

Oh! Amazon recommends “Guess the 90’s” for me? I guess there goes my next few days…

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14 thoughts on “Confessions Of A Tablet Addict

      • Hahahah wanna hear something funny by virtue of the fact that it didn’t happen to me? My friend’s cleaner thought the tablet was a chopping board and put it through the dishwasher to be cleaned………..

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      • Actually, I don’t think she was! lol. I would have been VERY upset had my Samsung tablet ended up in the suds, though. Which just made me think of your hilarious blog post about being the good husband and using the dishwasher…. sudsing the entire kitchen out for your darling wife….

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  1. Embrace your addiction. *she says as she types on the ipad WordPress app* I do give myself one rule though. No phones or tablets after dinner. Maybe you can start with that? Lu

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  2. It’s funny I should come across this post today as I am catching up on my reading. I was in the doctor’s office yesterday & had to wait for about a half hour. When I walked into the office there was a young couple there with their 2 young children, they had spread out in the waiting room, taking up a lot of seating space with their child carrier chair & outdoor clothing besides the chairs they were actually sitting on, so seating was limited. Another person arrived right behind me & as soon as they sat down they pulled out their phone & started playing a game. The next persons through the door were a couple & as soon as they sat down they both pulled out their phones & started playing games. Another young mother with her baby & 3 year old soon joined us & as soon as the baby was settled, the mother handed her phone to the 3 year old to play a game. I was the only person in the waiting room not playing a game on some type of device. No one was talking, everyone was busy with their thumbs. I commented to my hubby about how times had changed when I got back out to the vehicle.

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