Struggling with Tech Addiction

About two weeks ago I was bit by the bug. I started scouring the internet and looking for my next fix. After spending countless hours looking at Amazon and Best Buy, I couldn’t help it any more. All it took was one boring Saturday afternoon and I finally broke down, my self-control shattering. I drove the fifteen minutes from my house to Best Buy and promptly found the nearest sales person. “Can I look at an IPad?” I asked. But what I really meant to say was: “Give me an IPad! I’m buying this no matter what!”

Call it technology addiction, or maybe just compulsive shopping, but every couple of years I get bit by the bug and have to get a new gadget. Up until my moment of weakness two weeks ago, I managed to stay away from spending outrageous amounts of money since my last brush with compulsive tech shopping. You can imagine how I felt after purchasing two new smart phones about a year ago, both of which were promptly chewed on by my English bulldog.

I’m sure that I’m not the only twenty-something out there who is always quietly fiending for a new toy.  Apparently, tech addiction is something that’s becoming a real problem.  Some people can’t put their cell phones down, or end up hauling their laptop everywhere they go. For me, it’s more about catching the technology bug and getting hooked on whatever the new, great toy is. In my defense, the IPad was on sale.

For anyone who has a similar problem, there are some techniques you can use to deter unnecessary spending. For one, consider this: How long will it take before a new version of that gadget you want is released? Waiting can be beneficial if a new version is coming out. Usually, retailers will apply deep discounts to older models. This was the case with my new toy. They are phasing out the IPad 2, which translated into a hundred dollar discount for me.

Another valuable money-saving technique is to sleep on it! It sounds silly, but sometimes taking a night off can make it easier to resist purchasing something unnecessary.

Finally, voice your cravings to friends and family. Sometimes outside perspective can be beneficial in helping you see the error of your ways. Most importantly, friends can tell you when to get real. A simple “why?” can crumble your plans for a new purchase and make you realize you simply don’t have a good reason to drop that Benjamin.

As for me, now that I’ve satisfied my cravings, I plan on holding off on new purchases for awhile. After dealing with unavoidable buyer’s remorse, I’ll get back to working the steps and holding onto my dough.

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