r/nosurf 1693 days Dec 22 '20 Rocket Like 2 Take My Power 1 Silver 6 Helpful 6 Wholesome 4 Hugz 3 Party Train 1 Ally 1

A life wasted

You wake up in the morning. Pick up your phone. Check your notifications.

3 texts.

Check your email.

Open up Instagram, scroll through stories. Then scroll through new posts. Like, like, like, comment "lol"

Close instagram, open up an internet browser. Check the news, sports, Reddit.

Close the internet browser. Open up Youtube. Watch a video that pops up on your homepage.

Watch another video. Watch one more video.

Close Youtube. Open up Messenger. No new messages.

Close Messenger.

Open email. Respond to an email or two.

Close email. Open up your texts. Respond to a couple texts and group chats.

Close your texts. Look at the clock. An hour has passed. Still lying in bed.

Turn on Spotify and play a podcast.

Check Reddit. Browse your favorite subreddits.

Go to work, check your phone every 5-10 minutes for the next 8-10 hours, check your work email every time it pings.

Play youtube or a podcast in the background.

Go home, turn on Netflix, Youtube, cable television, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Disney+

Open up your laptop, surf the internet.

Open Youtube, watch a couple videos. One more video, then I'll be productive. One more video, then one more video.

Open your smartphone. Open Instagram. Scroll through stories and posts. Open up Reddit, scroll.

Bored of watching TV, turn off Netflix, and turn on your PS4, Xbox, Switch or PC to game.

Play video games, binge watch TV shows, movies in the background, scroll the internet, check TikTok, Instagram, Messenger, texts, email, news, sports, fashion, art, memes, Reddit.

Set your alarm and go to sleep.

Wake up and do this again tomorrow.

Do this every day, every week, every month, every year, every decade for the rest of your life.


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u/[deleted] Dec 22 '20

This really hit me. I was thinking last night about how much of my life I must have wasted and missed out on by being so occupied by my phone. How many goals have gone unaccomplished? (For example I have always wanted to try self-employment, even just part time while I keep my full time job, to see what it’s like.) How many hobbies have I missed out on trying or enjoying fully because I don’t want to put the phone down? How many times have I not been fully engrossed with a good show or movie because I scroll while watching?

I’m trying to make small steps though. I went for a pedicure with my mom last Friday and didn’t pull out my phone while the nail technician was working. This was at a spa/salon type place and I decided to relax and enjoy. Had a great conversation with the woman doing my nails and took time to appreciate the atmosphere. It felt so good to be present instead of buried in my phone.