Can’t unplug yourself? Time to get rid of your technology addiction
Estimates from digital marketing research firm EMaketer states that an average adult spends about 8 hours a day on the Internet, watching videos or using mobile gadgets. The problem of technology addiction or tech-addicts start when we become too glued to our devices and forget that we have a life offline. Don’t let your mind and body be imprisoned by the artificial reality of Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. Here’s how we can break away from the technological hold.
Multitasking is upheld as a skill where you get to accomplish more in less time. However, it is revealed that heavy media multitasks were less efficient than people who multitasked less often in an experiment at Stanford University/ Chronic multitasking also had difficulty ignoring irrelevant information. Research also suggests that chronic stress from multitasking can make your brain’s memory centre vulnerable to damage.
To overcome addiction to gadgets and multitasking, just remember to take it slow – don’t do everything at once. Break up your day into parts and using each part to focus in a specific task at hand. For example, spend an hour in the morning to clear your e-mails, then an hour on a long-term project, and so on.
The addiction to technology created a fundamental social lack. It degenerates skills such as facial expression during conversation or grasping the emotional context of a subtle gesture.
When to unplug yourself, simply get out with your friends, reconnect with them and devote your attention to them and the experience that you are sharing with them – not on a mobile phone. Put the devices away for a while and enjoy the moment while’s it’s happening. Share the experience with the person in front of you first, then post about it later – if you must.
People who work online for several hours non-stop report feeling spaced out, fatigued, irritable and distracted. This side effect of tech addiction is called “techno-brain burnout”. It causes your brain to left your adrenal glands to secrete the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Over time, this process can impair cognition, and alter the circuitry in brain regions that controls thought and mood.
What you can do is to create a quiet environment, even if it’s only temporary, to ease the “burnout”. That may mean putting your phone on silent, disabling alerts and alarms. Even enforcing a no-phones zone. Keep bedroom a sanctuary and this might even aid intimacy