Alarm Clock Anxiety

I started writing this as a satirical piece. I’ve never done it before, but thought it would be fun after I had an idea. I recently saw a clip from Colbert about the increase in Anxiety and how all fingers were pointing to Trump.

My wife and I are staying at a hotel and for some reason, she decided to use the forbidden alarm clock. As Forbidden Alarm Clock yelled at me, my life flashed before my eyes, and I remembered all the times I was forced to wake up and go to school. Oh so fun. But, I had a thought.

What if all the anxiety we are seeing today is rooted from the alarm clock ptsd that we all have? Hm.

I started researching and writing. And quickly went into another space.

And so we begin…

According to this new poll, American anxiety is through the roof.

The APA surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults about their sources and levels of anxiety, and found that 39% reported being more anxious than they were at this time last year. Another 39% said they were equally anxious, while only 19% said they were less anxious than last year.

https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/apa-public-opinion-poll-annual-meeting-2018

To many, 2018 was an obnoxious year, but why? Immediately, your mind jumps to Trump (Thanks, Obama Trump). But actually, it is for a reason you might not ever guess.

Alarm Clock PTSD. Unhealthy usage and reliability, aka addiction, of technology. But first, let’s talk about the alarm clock.

If you are alive today, you know that classic alarm clock sound. The beeping that penetrates your soul and notifies you that the world is waiting for you to get up and get on with your day.

The alarm clock came about in the 1700s, but wasn’t popularized until the mid 1800s. And it wasn’t until the 1970s, when technology was at new heights, that the classic beep we all know and love came about.

A majority of Americans own a smart phone today. About 48% of those, now use it as their alarm. And after they wake, they browse.

Most notably, about 40-percent of Americans check their smartphone within five minutes of waking up in the morning

https://www.slashgear.com/study-40-of-americans-use-their-phone-within-5-minutes-of-waking-up-29469329/

According to Time, “Americans in the 25-34 age bracket look at their devices 50 times per day, and those between 35 and 44 do so 35 times each day”. Let’s not even mention the numbers for the younger generations.

As I am doing research for this, there are numerous articles about the effects of technology and how addicted our society is to it. We can’t even go 5 minutes without thinking about our phones.

To recap. We have traded our alarm clocks for our smart phones. Then, we take it further and spend time on this device which gives us anxiety, depression, stress and relationship problems. And we continue to check and browse throughout the whole day. We go to sleep. And repeat.

We are in this perpetual cycle of chaos.

Of course, we need some way to fix these issues. So we eat, drink, watch porn… anything to not feel down and out.

We are the most in debt, obese, addicted, medicated adult cohort in history

Brene Brown

We love to point fingers as someone, aka Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton…, but it is not their fault. Well, maybe some of it, lol. But in reality, we have way bigger issues as a society than a tweet from a single person.

Imagine the stress and anxiety that comes when you hear that bleeping sound from Forbidden Alarm Clock. Now, how smart would it to be to make that go off about 50 times a day, but at random times? Would you willingly do it? Well, you probably already are.

Humans are addictive by nature. Companies use this to make their bread. If you don’t want to live a perpetual state of anxiety, depression, stress, etc. Then maybe it is time to find a healthy way to use technology to benefit you and your family. And find a healthy thing to be addicted to.

Note to self: Get off computer.

Photo by David von Diemar on Unsplash

I should note: Not all mental disorders are based on our relationship with technology. If you have these issues, like I do from time to time, talk to someone. It is worth it. God loves you and wants the best for you.

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