We live in a world which has drastically changed. Today digitization is as important as survival. Our education system, work-life, social life, religious life, even the most basic need i.e. groceries and for every other requirement, we strongly depend on technology. The extent to which our lives have been simplified has fuel our worst habits—procrastination, laziness, and overspending, just to name a few.
We depend on technology to such an extent that we feel utterly unable to disconnect. We all have an underlying fear that if we’re not online at all times, we’ll miss something important. Compulsive phone-checking is one of the hallmarks of smartphone addiction.
Etymologically speaking, to be addicted is to be a slave, and behavioral addiction is “a deep attachment to an experience that is harmful and difficult to do without”. As our world is becoming more digital day by day tech becomes an even bigger part of everyday living, we have to think of ways to work smarter with the tech we have, rather than let it dictate our lives.
Notification alerts keep you hooked with your device. The moment your phone flashes, your focus quickly shifts from the task at hand to your phone, and productivity goes out of the window. A good rule is to turn off all notifications except those that enable direct communication with people — in other words, block all social apps, shopping apps, gaming apps from pushing alerts, including Twitter, Netflix and Facebook. One should remember, that these notifications are designed for selling things, not making our lives easier.
If you have trouble sleeping, keep in mind that all the blue light from laptops and phones is keeping you awake at night. According to recent research, it shows that exposure to blue light suppresses the production of melatonin more than any other type of light. Technology addiction restrains your brain’s ability to relax, so you need to find a new pre-sleep activity that doesn’t involve your phone. Play some soothing music, read a book, journal, or meditate.
Recent research reveals that 34% of Gen Z, or people born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, say they’re permanently leaving social media, and 64% say they’re taking a break from it. One survey even found that Instagram was the most damaging network for mental health and self-esteem in teens and young adults. People are gradually realizing that you don’t have to be on Instagram or Facebook to connect with people—and in fact, these platforms may make you feel even more lonely and disconnected.
Digital detox is one of the most effective ways to cultivate a healthy relationship with your tech. You need to grow habits like, riding a bike, gardening, reading a book, spending time outdoors, meditating or may be just playing with your pet – to keep distance from the digital world. Digital fasting forces you to connect with others and with yourself, which is crucial to overall well being. Put your phone out of sight and out of mind.
Try out a schedule where you only check and respond to emails two or three times a day – may be when you start your day, before lunch and end of the day.
Our phones indeed connect us to people around us, but usually we end up staring at our phones while another person is physically with us – it’s called phubbing. Study shows that phubbing has decrease marital satisfaction and have also negatively affected casual friendships.
Set screen time limits with your kids:
Kids today are growing up with digital technology and parents around the globe feel concerned about the amount of time their kids spend with digital technology. Now you can set time limits for apps on your device and lock the device from further usage.
Have the tech talk:
Its very important to discuss with your family on how to be smart, safe, and kind on the Internet.
As parents you must discover and curate content that your kids will love and would benefit them in return. You can also block explicit websites which could be harmful for your kids.
Try hiking with the whole family, discover a new recipe to cook, start a DIY project, go for fishing, or play outdoor games.
Microsoft has recently launched its Family Safety App, you can Check this brief video to learn more: https://bit.ly/2Ps9mEY.
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Life is meant to be a balance between, as William Powers, the author of Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, said: “connected and disconnected, crowd and self, the outward life and the inward one.”
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