Everybody loves technology. It makes our lives easier, saves our time and with the evolution of the smartphones and laptops, it allows us to work remotely. In addition, with the internet, we can follow our investments, watch our favorite TV programs, play games with friends or strangers and order our apparels, groceries and other stuff. Nevertheless, this same technology may be very harmful to us because it can keep us away from the most important things in our lives.
People are becoming more and more addicted to technology. They are plugged in more than we realize and cannot live without their everyday gadgets that are very harmful to our health and well-being.
Multi-tasking revealed to impact efficiency and the quality of cognitive work. In addition, staying connected 24/7, especially for work, has negative effects on health. According to a research at Kansas State University, the persons who continue to communicate with colleagues after hours experience a big amount of stress and their brain is unable to recharge for the next day.
Many employers started to address this issue. Recently, “USA Today “declared that many companies are limiting access to emails after hours to their employees so that they take a tech break. Moreover, Google and General Mills, established meditation rooms and developed programs to help workers to take a break from their computer.
In this fast developing world, one should not be far from technology but should find a healthy balance between the real and virtual world.
Below are some tips to consider:
1. Monitor your screen time. Usually, when people are bored, they start surfing through the Internet or the social media aimlessly. When this happens to you, start tracking how much you use social media/the Internet/your phone. Sometimes, by simply quantifying the amount of time you spend in front of your screens, you will directly get the incentive to cut back.
2. Set up a gadget-free time/zone in your home. According to a study, three in four cell phone users say that their phone is within five feet of them at any given time. Try to put distance between you and your gadgets by creating a tech-free haven, like your bedroom, the kitchen table or the family room, and set a time to put off your devices.
3. Keep your chin up. For Dr. Kenneth Hansraj of New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, “text neck” is producing head, neck and arm pain, which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent damage. To avoid this, take regular breaks from your computer, tablet and cellphone; and when texting, try not to drop your chin to your chest for a long period.
4. Exercise your body, not your mouse. According to a 2012 study published in the journal Lancet, physical inactivity is causing as many as one in ten premature deaths around the world each year. Therefore, replace texting with your friend by an invitation for a walk, or any kind of sports you can do together.
5. Let “lights out” mean lights out. A 2014 report from Veloxity revealed that using a cellphone right before bedtime interferes with the length and quality of sleep. This is due to the ambient light from electronic displays that suppresses melatonin levels in the brain (a natural hormone and neurotransmitter that tells our bodies that we are tired).
In conclusion, think seriously of taking a tech break. The first day without your electronic gadgets may seem difficult but then your will start noticing life around you…