I’ve Been To A “Smartphone Rehab”

Hey guys, I’m Jeremy. There’s a big chance you are watching this
video on a smartphone. And it’s also quite possible that you’ve
spent half of your day scrolling through memes, watching vids, texting, and stuff like that. I mean… I’m not judging, I just know the way it
works. Usually you don’t realize it’s an addiction
until something horrible happens. That was my case exactly. Scrolling was the first thing I would do when
I woke up in the morning, right after I opened my eyes, and the last thing I would do before
falling asleep. At school I was not paying any attention of
course, since I was neither looking, nor listening. And even when I was hanging out with friends,
all of us would still spend most of our time on our phones, even when we were physically
in the same room. Of course my parents were not happy about
this at all. There were plenty of times that they’d get
mad when I would be reluctant to talk to them at dinner while I was texting, for example. Now I see that I was wrong, but I can’t
say that they were 100% right either! Most of the time they were super negative
and even aggressive, saying smartphones are, like, totally useless and harmful and that
back in their day… and on and on, I mean it didn’t really make sense. I did spend way too much time texting, but
that let me keep in touch with my cousins, for example, or with my best friend Eric,
whose family moved to New York City 6 months ago. And that supported and helped me a lot every
day. And then this happened. Technically a smartphone had nothing to do
with it, and at the same time.. it did. I was walking to my friend’s house, texting
my cousin, I wasn’t paying enough attention while I was crossing the road, and… I got hit by a car. I opened my eyes in the hospital. I was very lucky to not have anything broken,
but the bruises over my left arm and left leg were huge. My parents were there, my mom was crying. They knew in detail how the accident happened,
and it seemed they were more angry than relieved. So as soon as I reached for my phone to check
the notifications I had missed, I learned that the moment I got out of hospital I was
going to a “smartphone rehab.” I had never heard about anything like that
in my life. And of course I didn’t want to go. And here’s the important thing: my parents
are pretty strict but they would never send me somewhere against my will. So they offered me a deal. If I went through the rehab and came back
still sure that there was nothing wrong, they would never say another word about me being
on the phone. And… that sounded fair. So in late May I got out of the hospital and
on the first day of my summer break I went to the rehab center. It turned out to be a pretty comfortable resort. But of course from the very beginning… I hated it. Right after my arrival they took my phone
and I would only get it back once the program ended. And there were no digital devices there. At all. Not even a single TV. When I woke up on my first morning, I felt
miserable. Some of you are probably thinking that I’m
being whiny, but OK, just try to imagine it for a second. You cannot text anyone. You have no idea what’s going on with your
friends and the FOMO is just killing you. You don’t even know what’s going on in the
world, since the only news sources are the newspapers delivered daily by the mailman. A couple of days passed and I still hated
the rehab, but I got to know some of the guys there. It was a program for teenagers, so everyone
was from around 13 to 18, and each had their own story. For example Greg, who was the first guy I
got to know, was sent there when his parents saw that he was so distracted every day that
he couldn’t even study anymore. He arrived one day before me and he was also
not happy about it. In fact, we felt so bad… we thought of a
plan. At night two people were at the center with
us: our supervisor and the security guard. The lockers with our phones were right next
to the guard, who would fall asleep almost every night. The supervisor was a very disciplined woman
who didn’t seem to get sleepy ever. So the plan was: ask one of the guys to distract
her, while Greg and I would get the locker keys from her desk and run get our phones
as fast as we could. We didn’t even need to get ‘em back there
because as long as the lockers would be closed, no-one would guess that they were empty. So we decided to take action the same night. Greg’s friend Mike told the supervisor he
was not feeling well, so she left her room to check what was wrong with him. While she was away we grabbed the keys, ran
past the guard quietly so we didn’t wake him up, and there they were, the lockers with
our belongings. It was so easy I could not believe it. We opened the lockers, grabbed our phones,
closed them back, and we were ready to leave… and that was where I made a huge mistake. I was so eager to get back online, I turned
my phone on immediately. And it made a loud sound that woke up the
guard. We were instantly busted. As for the consequences, I thought they’d
be much worse, to be honest. The supervisor turned out to be very kind
and understanding. The worst part was in fact dealing with myself,
because that was the point I realized the addiction was real. I mean… how addicted must someone be to
come up with a plan like this just to spend a few hours online. As time went by I even started to enjoy the
whole thing. There was so much to do really: we could play
any outside sport that exists (except for one with horses I guess), we could read a
lot, play board games… Of course we had group sessions, we were even
meditating twice a day. Some of the habits will probably stay with
me forever. So when it all finished, I was still happy
to go back home and to get all of my devices back, but it all got much, much better. I can’t say I don’t need a smartphone
anymore, but at least I learned how to control myself. I’m not one to lecture, but it turned out
that compulsive smartphone use is connected to our brain chemistry and a substance called
dopamine. I recommend that you look up how this works,
as it really helped me understand myself better. So this is my story of curing an addiction
at the age of 16. Is your smartphone a problem in your life? Share your stories in the comments and…
maybe put that thing away for a while.

100 thoughts on “I’ve Been To A “Smartphone Rehab”

  1. So this is his story of curing an addiction at the age of 16. Is your smartphone a problem in your life? Share your stories in the comments and… maybe put that thing away for a while.

  2. Why do you always need to text when there's something coming to you. Beside, I don't even use WhatsApp so much

  3. Ahhhh. I'm very addicted to it man. God help me. I have to talk to someone. Or else. I'll lost my mind probably

  4. I actually find having no phone for a week quite easy if I’m with other people who don’t have their phones.

  5. Me: i cant breathe
    Me: not really I'm just reading all of these comments in this actually happened vide-
    mom scrolls through facebook

  6. I am actually happy I don't have a cellphone because… My mom had knee surgery and I discovered pornography and that took control of me and it still is… but my parents are really supportive and I am welling up with tears because I feel guilt and anger and as a person who has severe ADHD, its really hard to give that habit up…

  7. Phones are not the only digital addiction. My 11 year old godbrother is obsessed with video games. One day we went out to eat and he got so upset because there wasn't any wifi in the restaurant we were in. Most recently we went on a train trip and he did not have fun because he wanted to get back home and play video games.

  8. It's been a rule since forever in my family that phones aren't allowed to be at the table while we are eating .

  9. The only thing I use my phone for is playing offline games, listen to music or just watchlisten to videos

  10. I am always on my tablet Day and night now I just learned something and I should probably hide my tablet and try to forget about it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm addicted

  11. Yeah I'm also addicted to gadget but I do not spend much time and I also if I was a wake I would turn on my iPad but I still play with my cousins so yeah

  12. I got really angry at my mom one day because she said all I ever do is look at my phone. So for an entire weekend, Fri-Sun, I left my phone in my room while we stayed at my cousins' house as revenge. Dad was mad I didn't pick up his calls and I told him what I did. My plan backfired cuz Mom said she was proud that I could go days without it. I got angrier but didn't do anything expect punch my headboard

  13. Guy in the video: Is your smartphone a problem in your life?
    My bestfriend: NO! It's a blessing!!! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  14. I'm so tired of " it's because of that damn phone" jokes i see them everywhere i even see them in my dreams now, this gotta stop, it's more annoying than "actually happened" jokes

  15. How many of us have gotten that β€œback in my days” lectures!!! πŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  16. My sister is also addicted to phones and my parents didnt realize that well im addicted to Fortnite but i play it when i can because i love my parents

  17. You know everyone on this comment is taking this as a joke…And it's not funny cause So many people are going through this around me do u know how it feels for your friends to talk to u and your playing Roblox?Their parents are calling me Anti Social My grades are going down Gosh

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