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Are You a Ninja Screen Viewer?

The Enlightened State of the Covert Screen Viewer

Are you a Ninja Screen Viewer, or do you check your phone whenever you want, wherever you want, and however you want?

I’m offering you a very simple way to strive for a higher state of being that will create good karma and make the world a better place through tiny acts of a very specific type of kindness.

The idea of the Ninja Screen Viewer jumped out of the darkness and into my mind when the light from someone’s phone in the movie theater kept blinding me.

Walla!…the Ninja Screen Viewer came out of that light and back into the darkness as a new and techealthy concept.

What exactly is a Ninja Screen Viewer?

The Ninja Screen Viewer is a master of peeking at his screen without other people knowing it happened. It may involve covert (and inconvenient) operations to satisfy cravings to check your messages on the spot. It’s an art form for the Digital Age!

You’re a Ninja Screen Viewer if you…

1. Make a conscious effort to avoid other people noticing that you’re checking your screen in inappropriate settings, which is fueled by a fear of being judged.

Example: In a house of worship, a broadway show, or a business meeting, the Ninja Screen Viewer uses the restroom to check his phone.

2) Avoid exposing other people to the distracting effects of your screen viewing.

Example: At a broadway show, the Ninja Screen Viewer has the basic knowledge that the light from his phone is distracting to others, so if he must look at his screen, he lowers its brightness, checks it in his shirt, or waits.

3) Avoid checking your screen because doing so will be harmful to other people, especially young children.

Example: The Ninja Screen Viewer limits her child’s exposure to screens (for all of the many valid reasons that constant early screen viewing is harmful to a child.)

The Ninja Screen Viewer is an enlightened state of living within your personal digital world because…

  • You’re adding a conscious thought process to an otherwise automatic and well-practiced behavior (i.e., screen checking.)
  • You’re allowing yourself to consider the potentially negative (albeit minor) impact on other people when you think about the best time to check your screen.
  • You’re practicing healthy situational awareness, which has a positive impact on you and everyone around you.

There’s immense value in exercising your free will to add choice to mindless action.

Adding a conscious process to screen checking allows you to practice flexing this priceless muscle…the muscle of free will.

The Ninja Screen Viewer uses free will at the right time to go unnoticed like the smoke balls he throws at the ground to disappear from his enemy (Random note: I almost burned down my backyard playing with Ninja smoke bombs as a teenager, so I wouldn’t recommend trying it. Yes, such a thing really exists!)

These small acts of kindness go a long way toward creating happiness and a sense of connection to people. Ninja Screen Viewers get this.

Do you qualify as a Ninja Screen Viewer?

The unselfish mindset of the Ninja Screen Viewer is much harder to maintain than most people are willing to admit. It requires delaying gratification and valuing other peoples’ happiness as much as your own.

Don’t choose to live a life lacking in limits on your screen viewing. Unregulated screen viewing has a negative impact on the world and makes you look foolish.

It MUST be said that covertly looking at your screen while driving to avoid the cops noticing you is not an example of acting like a Ninja Screen Viewer. Eventually someone will get hurt by that choice.

I challenge you to become a Ninja Screen Viewer and make the digital world you inhabit the techealthiest it can be.

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. on Instagram
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.
Dr. Greg Kushnick is Techealthiest's founder and blogger. He works as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan. On a broader scale, he is dedicated to helping the world adjust to (and eventually thrive with) new and unfamiliar lifestyle technology. Dr. Greg's inner blogging machine is fueled by his fascination with how personal technology impacts the way people think, feel and act. He thrives on the challenge of applying interpersonal dynamics to the human-gadget relationship and presenting his ideas to readers in a helpful way. He considers himself a family man and an explorer of city culture.
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