My name is Lauren Pottinger, and I'm addicted to technology.
Ah, it's such a relief to get that off my chest. Just typing the words on my online blog have alleviated some of the strain that I feel on a constant basis. I may post it as my facebook status as soon as I am done with this entry. Potentially post it on my online acting resume on my website. I'll probably e-mail it to someone from one of my 7 e-mail addresses, as I am going to need a sponsor and I am sure that any one of my friends or family members would be willing to admit it as well.
I admit this now because of an incident that occurred the other night. I was texting someone back and forth, a very important conversation that we could not possibly had over the phone, as actually speaking to each other would be really too intimate. I found myself checking, over and over, my e-mail and my facebook on my smart phone, as I couldn't wait to see who had said what, if anyone had posted to my wall, sent a message, or e-mailed me in response to that query I had sent out. A text conversation took 2 hours, when a phone conversation could have taken one.
Here are my 12 steps for my addiction to technology.
- I admit I am powerless over Facebook—that my social networking has become unmanageable.
- I have come to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity. That power is named Mark Zuckerberg.
- I have made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand him. I understand he is a multi-billionaire played by Jesse Eisenberg in a movie.
- I have made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself. And posted it in a note on Facebook.
- Admitted to Mark, to myself, and to 456 other human beings the exact nature of my wrongs.
- Am entirely ready to have Mark remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Mark to remove my shortcomings. And all gaming requests. I don't play!
- Made a list of all persons I have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Though I probaby won't re-friend them.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. I re-tagged the photos and changed the nasty captions, okay?
- Continued to take personal inventory and when I was wrong promptly admitted it. On your wall.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Mark, as I understand him, praying only for knowledge of his will for me and the power to carry that out. Also, changed my religious affiliation on my profile.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I try to carry this message to Facebook-aholics, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.