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Technology Addiction: Are you letting it affect your life?
Over the last few decades, technology has become such an integral part of our lives that hardly any of us can now imagine our lives without gadgets. It has indeed weaved its way into the fabric of our everyday lives at an unprecedented rate. Thanks to the internet revolution!
There is no doubt that we need technology to keep up with the modern world. And thus survive!
As noticeable as it is, no age group has embraced the digital world more warmly than today’s youth.
Are you a person who uses technology as a boon or have you made it your addiction?
Let us find it out!
What exactly is technology addiction?
Technology addiction is a broad term used to describe any obsessive tech-related behaviour – be it gaming, online shopping, social media, video watching, or anything else involving the internet.
Also, In medical terms, technology addiction is obsessive tech-related behaviour that is practised despite knowing its associated negative consequences. The bottom line is that it is an addiction when it does the individual more harm than good, and stopping would cause withdrawal symptoms.
Is technology addiction bad?
What do you think?
Technology is an essential part of our lives, but its overuse comes with a set of risks.
What are the problems faced?
Although it looks harmless on the surface, technology addiction can have adverse effects on a person’s life, especially youth! Some of the consequences include:
- Brain damage
- Health problems
- Lowered emotional IQ
- Educational performance
- Sleep problems
- Higher risk for depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
What it boils down to is that technology is interfering negatively with your daily life.
The most worried group in this entire situation is PARENTS
Many parents are understandably extremely concerned that their children are spending too much of their time immersed in technology, and neglecting every other activity of their day.
While imposing an outright ban on technology in your home might be impractical, there are other things you can do to steer your teen away from being addicted to technology.
Here are few tips to help your child break their tech addiction:
- Don’t have your child rely on their willpower alone. You’ll be going against the high-tech giants and the world’s smartest minds, all fighting for your child’s attention. Instead, make a plan.
- Monitor their technology use and set reasonable rules and limits. This works better if you let your teen have a say in setting these rules. For instance, you could have a rule that no devices are allowed at the dinner table. Or you might have an all-family “No Tech Tuesday”. Another idea is to limit screen time by charging devices in a shared living area at least 2 hours before sleep.
- Building some technology-free diversions into the day can help. Get outside with your children and encourage them to join a club, volunteer at an animal shelter or local food bank, or create art or work with pottery. Anything that constructively occupies their time and uses no technology is acceptable.
- Consider treatment if there is a problem. Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is a real thing and is becoming increasingly common among adolescents. If you notice that your teen is over-reliant on technology and has trouble controlling their tech use, seek help from a qualified professional.
Finding a balanced approach to tech use is crucial if our teens are to live happier, healthier lives.
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