New Habits (Also) Die Hard?

By Brendan Windsor November 14, 2018

Humans are social creatures. That’s why throughout the course of time, people have emulated each other’s actions, beliefs, and style – sometimes to the detriment of humanity. Currently, most of us have adopted a set of habits that we desperately need to break. These habits have not only changed the way people interact with one another, they’ve also reshaped the way the upcoming generation perceives the world: a world that could use a boost of respect, love, and kinship. Supporting some of the tips ahead can truly help those who wish to regain an appreciation for life and others around us.


Escape the Screens


If you knew me personally, you’d scoff immediately, knowing that I should be the last person to tell anyone to spend less time on their devices. On the contrary, I am the perfect example of why we should escape the chokehold screens have on our attention. I am a person who has lost countless hours, skipped scheduled occurrences, and missed out on who the murderer was in a show all because I was glued to my phone screen. Addiction to our screens and the social media platforms they contain has affected many – both young and old – to the point where socializing in person could be considered a skill on a résumé.


Children have it even worse. Playdates have become the kids in one room on their iPads while the parents are in another room on their phones undoubtedly sending memes to one another. Playing with train sets, dolls, Legos, or even going outside to play with an imaginary friend seem like relics of the past. Oh, how the times have changed from less than a decade ago.


Begin to schedule reminders to put down your phone and get active, whether it’s with your family, friends, or even by yourself. Just get off of your phone. If not for you, then at least do it for good ol’ Geoffrey from Toys R Us. These devilish screens are a part of the reason he’s out of a job.


Stop Sharing Everything


In case you’ve been living under a rock over the past decade, social media has truly taken over. Most sites even require you to sign into your social media accounts in order to proceed with tasks such as finding employment. The rise of social media has sped up the decline of privacy. A vast majority of people have become obsessed with sharing every little detail about their lives and sometimes of the lives of others—yes, I’m talking to those of you that like to post unflattering photos of family and friends.


Sharing personal opinions on platforms like Facebook and Twitter have caused arguments, arrests, terminations of employment, and even lifelong friendships to end. At first, I believed people knew that posting your every move, thought, or location wasn’t a requirement to use social media outlets until I realized that the power of sharing is pretty intoxicating. Not the good kind of intoxication though – it’s the kind that starts out pretty mild but ends with you getting your stomach pumped. The final nail in the coffin is the fact that your information may be shared to companies without your knowledge. Unless you’re one of the few that has been lucky enough to monetize your social media, I’d begin to manage your postings a little better. Now I’m not saying don’t post anything, just be more selective of what you choose to post.


Mind Your Business


Recently, there has been quite the uproar over people sticking their noses into things that had nothing to do with them. Viral videos show people harassing others for simply carrying on with their lives. Considering how things are in the world today, it’s understandable that people are vigilant and cautious with their surroundings and individuals around them. Not so understandable is bullying individuals into answering your immediate questions or proving their identity – as if you’re an authority figure.


People need to realize how these actions affect not only the other person, but also themselves. By all means, continue to be vigilant and cautious but do so while making better assessments of certain situations. Thinking about how you should proceed or – better yet – if you even want to get involved with something or someone can go a long way.