As I sit at my internship, eating, doing homework on my laptop, surrounded by printers and computers, and looking at my phone; I wonder: Is technology taking over?
I decided to do some reasearch on the subject, however; the first thing that popped up was this:
The first article was about technology ADDICTION, not just it taking over. instead being a full fledged addict to technology like one is to cigarettes, crack, heroin or drinking.
Jennifer Soong is the one who wrote the article, When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life. In the article, she Soong states: “We are now more wired than ever. Researchers from the University of Glasgow found that half of the study participants reported checking their email once an hour, while some individuals check up to 30 to 40 times an hour. An AOL study revealed that 59 percent of PDA users check every single time an email arrives and 83 percent check email every day on vacation.”
This tells me, that technology is taking over. It is so intertwined in our daily lives that we cannot live without it. On average, myself personally, I wake up to about 50ish emails, sometimes more. 90 percent of the emails are spam, ones to be thrown away and never read.
It has come to a point that children are upset when their parents are on their phone during a game or recital. They are not paying attention like they should be.
Professors and teachers already have a difficult time keeping students off their phones during class. This is difficult to do since many books are available online. Most of the time, they are cheaper online and you receive them instantly, no need to wait for delivery.
Constant use of technology leads to headaches. Staring at a computer screen for hours a day strains the eyes and causes headaches, dizziness and sometimes blurry vision.
The following are solutions to help with a current technology addiction or to prevent one from forming.
- “Experiment with short periods of inaccessibility. Your life won’t implode, Ferriss says. “As with any addiction, there is a period of withdrawal and anxiety.”
- Leave your cell phone and PDA at home one day a week. Saturday is a good day to cut off email and cell phone usage. “For most people, it will feel like a two-week vacation,” Ferriss says. “The psychological recovery it offers is pretty unbelievable.”
- Set a “not-to-do list.” Don’t check email before 10 a.m. to avoid immediate reactive mode, Ferriss suggests. Set intervals to check email, for example, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Use an auto-responder to explain that you can be reached any time on your cell phone.
- Eliminate rather than streamline whenever possible. Lose the RSS feeder, Ferriss says. “If you have an addictive impulse with tools, lose the tool,” he says.
- Hire a virtual assistant. “A big part of priority management is teaching others tasks,” he says. “A big part is getting over yourself. You don’t have a superhuman email checking ability.”
- Buddy up. Don’t go it alone on the road to recovery, Hallowell says, because you’re likely to revert to your old habits. Ask a colleague, administrative assistant, or spouse to help you enforce the new rules.
- Learn moderation. “I’m not anti-technology,” Hallowell says. “Some is good for you, but too much is really, really bad”‘ (Soong).
If we are able to prevent technology addiction and curb current addictions, we are able to keep technology from running our lives.