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by Ellen Landauer
How to combat internet addiction; is this a question that ever arises in your mind? It does for me!
PHOTO ABOVE: Family time in the great outdoors - with no wi-fi.
Let me preface this article by saying that I know a fair number of amazing people who use the internet and cell phones very appropriately. They are very engaging and present in face-to-face conversations, accomplish great things and do not use the online world as an escape.
All I say here is for the purpose of encouraging you to look at online engagement in terms of health and safety.
In my case, am always sifting through copious amounts of information for articles I write. These days, the web is even more of a swamp due to censorship on steroids. This necessitates more time online to find the truth so I can pass it on to you. Being on a computer is not my favorite activity; it is part of what I do for a living.
One incident which definitively told me that people need to look seriously at how to combat internet addiction happened about ten years ago. Some friends invited me and my husband to take a ride in a hot air balloon - a new, exciting experience!
While we were totally immersed in the thrill of floating along above a lovely rural landscape, one of our group was far from thoroughly engaged in the moment. Half the time, he was poking away at a cell phone, staring at a tiny screen and oblivious to the grandeur of this special event. Observing this man's behavior during such a glorious experience, I was incredulous!
What are the consequences of time spent online? While I recognize the benefits, there is a huge, multi-faceted downside to it as well. The biggest downside is an inability to slow down and enjoy the real, grounded pleasures of life.
Most of what the 'world-wide-web' is about robs us of vitality and humanness. When a definition of 'connectedness' is how many 'likes' one gets on social media, it is time to start asking questions.
For those of us old enough to remember, life used to be more 'hands-on,' more embodied. People actually spent a lot of time BEING together without the spaced-out distraction of a cell phone or ipad. People actually hugged, talked, did things together, sang and made their own music, or shared a meal or time outdoors in a real and contactful way.
Learning how to combat internet addiction can keep us from getting lost in a fake world AND help us have more healthy brain function.
"Over time, and with enough Internet usage, the structure of our brains can actually physically change, according to a new study." (1)
Online activity deranges the 'reward' system in our brain. We become addicted to surges of dopamine (a stimulant neurotransmitter) with each click and resulting response online. The 'drug' we crave is the endless 'always something new' available on the web - and the more we get, the more we want. It is just like being hooked on a drug.
Another insidious danger is that the vibrational flicker rate of light emitted by ANY device disrupts our natural brain wave activity. This is because it is out of sync with our natural brain wave rhythm in the exact counter-rhythm designed to most effectively interfere with healthy functioning. (It was designed to do that).
Yes, there is a 'real' aspect to the internet as when you email someone and get an answer because there is a real person responding. For my taste, I'd rather call someone (on a landline - I rarely use a cell) - and hear their voice.
To combat internet addiction, we need to pursue activities that bring us into contactful communion with real life.
The physical world of our fellow humans, family, nature, plants and pets is the one that should be first and foremost.
But oh, you say, 'It is.'
Why then, every time in the last seven years or so that I have walked in town, had a meal at a restaurant or worked out at the gym - do I see at least half the people totally engrossed with their cell phones? There they are, exercising or supposedly enjoying a tasty meal and good conversation and - they're in cyberspace!
How can one sit across from family or friends oblivious half the time, intently focused on a little device in their hand? Worse yet, how can someone go out on a date and spend 40 - 60% of the time in cyberspace? That would be a complete deal-breaker for me (fortunately I am married to a man who never uses a cell phone).
Cruising the web has no rational place out on the street! If you are out and about and engrossed in your SmartPhone, that is stupid because it makes you an easy target!
Beyond the de-humanizing space-out happening to those who are constantly buried in their cell phones or ipads, a very real danger lurks. In the best martial arts/self defense training, much attention is given to 'situational awareness.' The greater part of self-defense is simply a calm noticing and evaluating of what is going on in our vicinity, then taking action to avoid getting in trouble in the first place.
How to combat internet addiction - ban it from the bedroom! Did you know that a recent survey of young people found that 10% of people under 25 think it acceptable to text during sex?
Also, "nearly 20 percent of young adult smartphone owners in the U.S. between ages 18 and 34 use their smartphones during sex and nearly 1 in ten U.S. adults who own smartphones use them during sex."(2)
Is the pleasure bond not transcendent enough that heart and soul are so engaged nothing else is needed?
Aside from the proven physical dangers of exposure to radiation from ANY wi-fi device, the dangers to our emotional wholeness, inner vitality AND bodily safety are very real.
An important ingredient in how to combat internet addiction is slowing down and taking time to savor life!
Have you noticed how speeded-up life has become in contrast to the past? People are 'busy and dizzy.'
Attention span: Have you noticed how frenetic a lot of entertainment, media and video presentations have become? Especially for young people - for example, the scenes on music videos change every few seconds. By viewing such content, we are massively overloaded and overstimulated with visuals and audio - our nerves loaded with static.
There is a dark side to this - the flashing, popping scenarios do not allow FEELING to unfold within us - IT MAKES US LESS HUMAN. That is the objective for those in big tech...if we are less human, we are more controllable!
If you watch old movies, you will notice that each scene lasts much longer than in current videos or movies. This gives the viewer time to allow a feeling to unfold and be savored.
A mentor of mine once said to me, 'Feelings take TIME!' Besides the brain-frying that happens with the constant on-and-off flash of completely different video scenes, there is the insidious erosion of a person's ability to feel genuine emotion. Real feeling and heart is what shows us our direction in life.
Without the capacity and abundant opportunity for real feeling, we are not human. We are brought closer to stimulus/response mice - overloaded with sensations that have no soul. Seeking stimulation that only makes us want more of it - becomes an addictive vicious cycle.
"...smartphones are causing real damage to our minds and relationships, measurable in seconds shaved off the average attention span, reduced brain power, declines in work-life balance and hours less of family time.
"They have impaired our ability to remember. They make it more difficult to daydream and think creatively. They make us more vulnerable to anxiety. They make parents ignore their children. And they are addictive, if not in the contested clinical sense then for all intents and purposes." (3)
Because it is deeply unsatisfying, the online world tempts us with a siren song that promises but never delivers. An addiction with no end - just more empty amusements that string us along and steal our vitality and humanity.
How to combat internet addiction should be on the mind of anyone who wishes to live fully!
How to combat internet addiction is key in setting yourself free from those who wish to enslave us. Many aspects of online activity can trap us in the 'Matrix.'
The internet is run by people with a bias and an agenda that seeks to entrap people into ways of thinking that will make more money for the ultra-rich and while making us into pawns that serve their agenda. This of necessity means DISEMPOWERING people like you and me. 'Thinking outside the box' is not only frowned upon, but penalized.
Search results are manipulated to favor agendas that demean and enslave us rather than those that encourage us to live a free and vital life. That is why, for example, holistic health information is highly censored.
(Do you know that MercolaDotCom - leading holistic health site, lost 99% of its traffic IN ONE DAY due to Go ogle censorship crackdown)? As an experienced researcher, I recently have had to work much harder to find valid, empowering information that contributes to the writings I share with you.
For us to reclaim deep humanness and wholeness, we need to limit our time online.
'Be here now:' Perhaps we don't hear this phrase often enough from others or think it ourselves. Some decades ago, it was popular. Many people were looking for peace and wholeness within, through meditation, yoga and other means.
I guarantee you that if you are 'connected' to the internet, you are most assuredly not 'here.' Sometimes this can be beneficial depending on the quality of what you are perusing. If you purposefully set your goals and choose your time online carefully, you can gain benefit of important information - or even the sharing of a deep experience of another person or creature.
BUT - if you search online for emotional and feeling fulfillment - you will NEVER find genuine satisfaction! You will simply go from one incomplete sensory input to another and never get there because you are not 'here now.' Only DIRECT EXPERIENCE can satisfy that need.
How to combat internet addiction also entails looking honestly at how much you might use it as an escape. Note that it is common for many people to get 'lost in cyberspace' to get away from from emotional pressures in life, things we don't want to confront in ourselves, etc. So going online can be likened to bingeing on food, alcohol or drugs to escape difficulties in life.
1 - Engage all your senses. Touching and being touched is vital. For example, I enjoy as much as anyone seeing a video of beautiful dogs or horses that excell athletically, or seeing a story that has a healthy emotional outcome. BUT - none of that compares to caressing the soft fur of the dog that lies at my feet, or taking a hike in the woods with a friend.
The olfactory sense (of smell) is very compelling and brings us into more connection - with nature, humans and all living beings. Enjoy the scent of damp woods, or newly cut grass, your beloved, or the fur of your pet. Sometimes, a particular scent can take you back to a forgotten memory and connect you with a past event, enhancing wholeness.
Hearing - listen to the silence and birdsong in the woods, the sounds of children playing, a hound baying or crickets in Autumn, the timbre of the voice of a person with whom you are talking.
Tasting - take time to prepare and enjoy healthy food. Taste the fresh air, or snowflakes on your tongue.
Seeing - close your laptop, turn off your cell, and enjoy some natural light outdoors or soft incandescent light indoors. The blue light from all devices has a vibrational frequency that over time damages eyes and dysregulates brain function.
How to combat internet addiction involves engaging ALL your natural senses to enjoy the blessings in life in a fulfilling way. Enjoy what's right in front of you - 'Be here now!'
PHOTO ABOVE: Taking time among the trees.
2 - Take your emotional needs and stresses to a real live experience that opens your heart and emotions. Spend time outdoors among the trees. Connect with people around whom you feel whole and competent, pets - especially dogs - that exude love no matter what, and time in beautiful outdoor settings. These are all antidotes to the disenfranchisement wrought by the web.
Taking your well-being in hand by detoxifying, rebuilding and maintaining your bodily vitality is so important in this. After all, it is through your body that you get to have real experiences. The clearer the receptivity in your body, the more delightful real life can be. Detoxing removes the static and restores your ability to feel.
NOTE: Heavy metals cleanse is highly recommended!
Because the more mercury, lead, aluminum, etc. we have stored in our bodies, the more we are adversely affected by EMF's, Wi-Fi, radio waves, satellite and so on. Metals are receivers and conductors of electromagnetic frequencies.
Improving health is key in how to combat internet addiction effectively. It also provides you a direct connection with your physical self.
Sometimes life presents us with very difficult challenges. The healthier your body, the more capacity you have to face into pain, process it and come out stronger on the other side. From my perspective, humans in general have become weaker and less active as participants in life - as a direct result of too much time online and increased bombardment by EMF's, in addition to other factors.
To survive and thrive, learning how to combat internet addiction is vital. This will give us more time and energy to develop health, depth of feeling and strength of will in ourselves - and by example, encourage other people to do the same.
Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
Ellen Landauer is also a NEWLY PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE
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