So as I mentioned in my last post, I’m in India this summer. I’m on exchange at an AMAZING school here and meeting lots of wonderful people (as one would expect on exchange).
Right now, I’m sitting in the library wearing my formal uniform (white long-sleeved button down, grey pleated skirt, grey mid-calf socks, school tie and black shoes) and skipping class… Being an exchange student certainly has its benefits.
Since I don’t receive academic credit for this at the Academy, I can take whatever classes I want and not really do any work… It’s pretty sweet. That being said, they don’t do that much homework to begin with here, so I’m doing it anyways (much to the consternation of the other exchange students who would much rather be complete slackers).
Anyways. What’s up with the title of this post?
Okay, so I mentioned that I can take whatever classes I want to, and this includes classes not offered at the Academy. I’m embracing this fully and taking Psychology, which is fascinating by the way. Right. Back to the title. So on the walls of the classroom are posters of various types of psychological disorders. There are your usual suspects (OCD, depression, Schizophrenia) and then a few posters dedicated to addiction: addiction to drugs and alcohol (“Stay away from these or you’ll die!”), addiction to pain, and, of course, screen addiction.
The first day in class, I had jokingly said that I might suffer from a screen addiction, only to realize, today, how right I was. I get anxious when I don’t have at least one electronic device on me and I hate other people touching my technology. God forbid something isn’t working, I go into full on panic mode (as was the case today).
When I went to bed two days ago, my computer (aka my baby) was just fine. I took it to class the next morning and opened it only to have it shut down. I then tried to turn it back on, only to have it shut itself down again after less than a second. This dance continued for about forty minutes (each iteration lasting a different length of time) before my computer decided to cooperate and began behaving. I used it normally all day, happy that my baby was back to normal… Only to have the same thing happen this morning.
Obviously, my computer is fine now (how else would I be posting this) but the idea that this could happen again tomorrow terrifies me. Does one get therapy for a screen addiction? Do I just quit cold turkey?
If you have any advice for dealing with this addiction or my computer, feel free to let me know.
I’m off to morning tea now (they have tea three times a day here, gotta love India) so I’ll see you around!