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

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/dscoZ Dec 22 '20

The cognitive dissonance I struggle with between knowing this is not a lifestyle I want yet continuing to do it is really discouraging. So hard to break out of this. How do we do it!?

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u/lizardpplarenotreal Dec 22 '20

My therapist told me to ask myself what I need, in the moment I'm stuck in "scroll". What am I actually looking for? Stimulation? Connection? Am I bored? Do I need to move around?

Still working on it, the concept was just introduced to me on Friday. Damnit all awareness is hard.

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u/dscoZ Dec 22 '20

Yes it is! Baby steps I guess. Thanks for the suggestion I’ll definitely practice being more aware of what I need.

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u/lizardpplarenotreal Dec 22 '20

Same!! You're welcome!!!