Let me shock some of you today. Sometimes, pain and suffering is good for you. Wait! Don’t go crazy and damage your body before reading what I am going to write next. We need to be reasonable, ok? Let me explain: Many times, people get better by experiencing a traumatic event such as getting trigger point treatment in a massage session, by re-breaking a bone, or burning out from the computer after years of engaging in bad behavior. Pain and suffering is necessary for things to get better in life. Don’t believe me? Go ask an economist if reducing interest rates is always the best course of action in an economic recession.
Let’s not forget how pain and suffering can help students. Without reading books and spending countless hours memorizing and applying knowledge gained, students won’t complete their college degrees and guess what? They won’t build the necessary skill sets they must have in order to succeed in life. When students go to a college or university, they aren’t only learning course content. The better ones understand that by pain and suffering, they are building resilience to face adversity in life, which is, in my opinion, worth 15 thousand dollars a year.
Most PhD’s have to experience pain and suffering when pursuing their PhD’s in graduate school, when going through the process of tenure, and when writing a book or two in their careers. When we use technology excessively, we get both positive and negative feelings. Back in 2011, I got a severe burnout from using tech devices non-stop. Although I got clinically sick from it, I’ve come to learn that experiencing pain and suffering from overusing computerized devices was actually good for me, after all. It has helped me to wake up from this modern day nightmare and create a research agenda addressing the danger of these tools in society. Since then, I have spoken on the topic with over 22 million people including you! Experiencing pain and suffering as far as technology use is concerned maybe good for you.
Do you think that I don’t know? What I am writing right now isn’t popular but I know that some of you agree with me. Why? Because what I am writing in here is real. Listen carefully: Failing to keep things real backfires. Remember: Pain and suffering is part of life. Do me a favor: Get a copy of this article and give it to your grandkids. They need to read this.
Many people have to break an old wound in order to make it heal better and stronger than before. It is no different when it comes to technology. People aren’t facing the pain and suffering that is required for people to stop using their smartphones excessively. If we break a bone in our body and this bone doesn’t set correctly, many doctors would recommend re-breaking the bone in order to fix it. In the end, induced pain and suffering will be better for the person as his leg won’t hurt as bad anymore. Facing our addiction to technology head on is a must if we are to live a good life. It will hurt less in the long run.
Very few people in our society want to face smartphone pain and suffering today. How can we
fix our TechnoCrazy problem, then? We won’t, I bet. From this standpoint, burning out from the computer doesn’t seem to be a bad idea. I know and you know, as well. Not too many people will be able to deal with this idea that experiencing the pain and suffering of a burn out will be good for them in the long run. I understand… yet, I bet that this former solution would be more beneficial to them than the alternative.
We all experience pain and suffering in life. In 2018, we need to realize this more than ever. It is okay to experience some pain, suffering, or both in order to gain control of your life against technology. A burn out is a small price to pay for regaining control of yourself. If we have to pay this price to regain our humanity, so be it.