Sure, go ahead and lie to yourselves, Joe & Jose, ‘I’m quitting cold turkey’, but the truth is that your denial will not help in breaking your addiction, and we are all addicted to the ‘line’; and at this point I’m not certain if even intensive rehab/therapy will work in breaking the line, because, guess what, we’re too deep into it.
Go ahead, give it a try and time yourself, brave one; try going ‘off-line’ cold turkey and then let me know how that went. I can assure, you’ll be getting the shivers within half an hour of ‘quitting’.
So go ahead, throw all your devices out the window and head for the mountains (I tried this), and pretty soon you will be begging in the streets for a log-in, “please, just one click; that’s all I need”.
Next thing you know, the one click turns into thousands and you’re back in the line; logged-in forever!
We need professional help, and sometimes I wonder if not even rehab/therapy will suffice at this point.
Should we just accept the dragon on our collective backs, and instead of trying to kill it cold-turkey perhaps simply try to tame it, some, and go on living with the dragon on our backs?
Should we accept that never again will we be able to concentrate on just one thing, like playing the piano, for more than half an hour?
Or perhaps at some point we will develop a second brain (one for the line, and one for the real/tangible world).
There exists a creature with two butts, so I don’t see why we can’t evolve into a ‘two-brain’ species!