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by Rachel Chaney - September 25, 2017
Think about your fondest memories. What did you enjoy about the memory? Was technology
involved? Technology has enhanced our lives greatly, but it can also keep us from
interacting with others. Have you ever been out with someone who was always on their
phone? How did it feel? Sadly, we have probably all been that person at one point
Think about your fondest memories.
What did you enjoy about the memory?
Was technology involved?
Technology has enhanced our lives greatly, but it can also keep us from interacting
with others. Have you ever been out with someone who was always on their phone? How
did it feel? Sadly, we have probably all been that person at one point or another.
According to CNN, a report from Nielsen shows that the average American spends 10
plus hours per day on tablets, smartphones, and other technology. According to “Technology
Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance” report by Common Sense Media,
teens spend about 9 hours and tweens (ages 8 to 12) spend around 6 hours per day on
technology. Technology has its pros and cons when it comes to relationships. In one
way it can enhance our relationships by giving us a chance to communicate with those
that we may not see very often. In another way, it can keep us on our technology
which means fewer face to face conversations. Research is now showing that this isn’t
just a problem with our children or the younger generations, but problematic technology
use reaches across all age levels.
Overuse of technology and perhaps even addiction can be hard for people to grasp due
to technology being engrained throughout our everyday life. Do you realize the amount
of time per day that you are on technology? Does technology run your life? Below are
some questions to ask yourself to see if you are overusing technology. Feel free to
also take the digital distraction test provided in the resources.
Being addicted to technology may sound crazy because in many ways we have to be plugged
in for work, school, and etc. Did your answers to the questions above surprise you?
While reading this article, have you started to feel like you may be overusing technology?
Here are some simple steps to do to start breaking free from technology:
Time Yourself: Keep a Media Diary and add up the time you spend on technology.
This will open your eyes to how much time you are truly spending on technology. It
is easy to lose track of time when being on social media or playing a game.
Various apps are available to monitor time spent on your phone and other digital devices.Tech Free Time: Have a set time or place where no technology is allowed.
In order to accomplish this try to set a time or place that works for everyone and
make sure to enforce it. As adults, we lead by example so it is important for us to
do this too.
Some people go as far as to put all technology (phones, TV remotes, and tablets) up
in a designated box or basket. Try to enjoy at least one meal a week together with no technologyBalance It All: Find your balance between time connected and time unplugged.
Now that you are aware of your problematic technology usage, it is time to find a
Decide an amount of time that you feel comfortable with being on technology and stick
to it.When you have hit your time limit put the technology away.Turn off notifications or set your devices to “do not disturb” time. This will keep
you from getting tempted to check your devices.Always be conscientious of your time on technology to ensure that it is not getting
in the way of your relationships and interactions.While technology is important to our everyday life, it is also important for us to
find time to unplug and enjoy life beyond the screen.
Americans at More than 10 Hours a Day on Screens
Digital Distraction Test by The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction
A Review of Reserach on Problematic Internet Use and Well-Being: With Recommendations
for the U.S. Air Force
Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millenials
Additional Resources to use on Social Media pages:
Plugged -In Parents: Attitudes, Behaviors,a nd Role Models
How much time do parents spend on their screens?
How Much Time Do We Spend on Social Media?
Dealing with Devices: The Parent- Teen Dynamic