High School Angst in a Digital World

September 26, 2014 3:45 PM

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I should probably start off by telling you that I am an addict -- and "no" I'm not referring to drugs and alcohol here -- I've been clean and sober for over 17 years now. My current addiction is far more insidious, as it doesn't entail all the social taboos of a drug and alcohol addiction. Whenever I crave a hit of dopamine, all I have to do is reach into my pocket and hit the shiny icon on my iPhone. It's the first thing I do when I crawl out of bed in the morning, and it's the last thing I reach for when I head to bed blurry-eyed at night. The symphony of my life is composed of whistles, buzzes, and pings, the intoxicating mainline to my social media high.

I, of all people, know that "admitting you have a problem" is the first step to recovery from addiction. You see, my problem is, I am always the last person to realize that I have the addiction! My wife, ever so gently, pointed out that maybe I ought to consider scaling back the amount of time I spe...

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