Alarm goes off. Hit the snooze. Alarm goes off again. Check Reddit on smartphone. Begrudgingly make coffee. Put on headphones. Barely get to the bus. Go back to your phone. Hardly realize when you make it to your stop. Go to work. Sometimes work for thirty consecutive minutes. And then back to Facebook. How did 2:30 turn into 3:30? Email, to social media, to email, back to work. 5:00 P.M. Go home. Play video games. Order takeout. Watch Netflix in bed. Descend into restless sleep.
Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you’re not alone. I also struggle with Internet and technology addiction. However, I believe the same tools used to foster technology and Internet addiction can be used to fight it.
At AddictedToTech, we’ll work together to diagnose the causes of our problems with technology addiction, and develop and find tools to fight it.
- Breaking technology addiction is difficult, but there are several tools we can use to assist the fight. The most obvious tools are Internet blockers, but you might also consider moving from a smart phone to a flip phone, or attending support groups. I discuss all of these, and other tools in the Tools section.
- I’m not the only one talking about technology addiction. I read many books on internet/technology addiction and related topics as part of the research I do for this website. If you’re interested in a summary of some book and my take on it, or you’re just looking for something to read, check out the Books section.
- I’m the creator and current main developer of Chomper – the only actively developed Internet blocker available for Linux Desktop. You can read more about Chomper here, and you can also check out the GitHub repository.
- Finally, I maintain a blog where I’ll write about new ideas and tools for battling technology addiction, news related to technology addiction, and development updates for Chomper.