Most of us have some pretty bad habits, whether we want to admit it or not. Some of those habits are basically not harming anyone, or if they are it’s just us who takes the short end of the proverbial stick.
Technology has created an incredible wealth of opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life. It has made many things far easier for us to do and it’s also created some issues. Pandora’s Box basically refers to an adage that some things, once they are opened can never be closed.
Technology has been the Pandora’s Box for some bad habits, but in truth there are things each of us can actually do to overcome them. The first thing (or step) is to understand the bad habits and accept that they’re real.
Bad Habit #1: Texting or checking Facebook every 5 minutes.
Hey, admit it … you’ve done this. You could be out to a nice meal with your best friend, spouse, or even on a date and you ‘quickly’ check your phone for a text or to update your Facebook status. Just take a look around you in the restaurant and you’ll see a number of people texting or talking on their phones.
Smartphones and technology has been a boon to staying in touch, but it’s forced us to be less in tune and in touch with the people we are actually spending time with in person! There was a time not too long ago when we left the house and there was no way for someone to reach us. Ah, wasn’t that great?
Bad Habit #2: Avoiding responsibility.
It’s easy to send a friend a text or email to see how they’re doing. It’s also far too easy (and tempting) for young people to break off a relationship, air their dirty laundry, or deal with negative issues with friends and loved ones the wrong way.
Texting your (now) ex to tell him you’re breaking up … bad habit.
Sending an email to your mom letting her know your grades in college this year weren’t up to par … bad habit.
Texting your boss to let him know you won’t be in today … bad habit.
Bad Habit #3: Texting and driving.
Arguably the worst bad habit that’s the direct result of technology is texting while driving. Just looking down, away from the road ahead, for 2 seconds to check a text or voicemail while cruising at 60 miles per hour means you’ll have traveled more than 160 feet. That’s more than half the distance of a football field.
Do you know what can happen in 160 feet? That’s right. Nothing good.
Bad Habit #4: Venting how you feel about so-and-so.
Social media can be a great way to stay connected with family and friends, and you certainly may be justified in how you feel about your boss, mom, or best friend, but sharing those feelings on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere is not just bad form, it can cost you a job and even get you sued.
Still, too many people don’t think twice about doing this.
Bad Habit #5: U spek gud englis?
With text lingo, an overuse of acronyms, and just plain laziness, people are becoming less and less articulate each passing year. College professors are pulling their hair out trying to figure out how to decipher some of the gibberish they see on papers and even exams.
If you find yourself or someone you know slipping into these bad habits, do them and everyone else a favor and give them a nice, friendly, but firm slap upside the head. Then sit down and talk to them about how to take control of their life and be a positive role model for others.
Sometimes it’s necessary to unplug from technology once in a while. It might just save a life!
Written by G. T. Hedlund