Our gadgets provide us with almost everything we need right at our fingertips, literally. But is our dependence on these devices setting us up for gadget addiction?
With us in the middle of a global pandemic with no end in sight, more people turn to their gadgets. Smart phones, tablets, computers. These provide us all with a convenient means to be entertained and to connect with out loved ones while we observe social distancing and quarantine measures.
However, this is the time to take a step back and see if your gadget use is healthy. Or perhaps, there should be cause for worry–and even intervention.
These days, too many people of every age and demographic are on their gadgets. Whether it is your mobile phones, tablets, or personal computers. After all, everything we need is almost here. Our gadgets provide a great alternative to the things we can’t do at the moment, especially during this pandemic.
Gadget Addiction, the Digital Drug
Many studies have shown that children must not have more than 2 hours of screen time every day.
However, many people, from young children to the elderly, could be seen to spend more more than two hours daily.
Aside from eyesight, this habit can threaten their physical and mental health. For children, this can stunt their development.
Symptoms of Gadget Addiction
Here are the things that can let you know if you or someone you know may be spending too much time on their gadgets:
- inability to focus for long periods
- lacking concentration on certain tasks
- memory problems
- decision-making problems
- eye problems
- back aches
- stress, anxiety, and communication disorders
- fertility problems due to over-exposure to radiation or electro-magnetic field form their gadgets
An article from Only My Health shows that addiction to gadgets can lead to what is called “Digital Dementia,” which is a memory disorder due to the overuse of gadgets. This condition targets the brain chemistry and the brain cells, causing dementia.
So how do we keep our gadget use in check and avoid gadget dementia?
Tips for Minimizing Gadget Use
- Limit your exposure to screens or work-related mobile apps within work hours
- When it comes to work emails: if it’s not urgent or important, it can wait
- Switch off your cellphone at night
- Set boundaries for when friends and colleagues can call you
- Set a me-time or a quiet time when you won’t let yourself be disturbed; this can also be a time to disconnect and unplug
- If possible, make a phone call instead of thumbing through your phone with little messages every once in a while. If you can have face-to-face conversation, much better (but maybe after the pandemic)
- Remember, you don’t have to answer to every notification
- Don’t provide your children gadgets or mobile phones. If possible, let them be preoccupied with other things such as toys or activities
- Better yet, instead of you being on your phone too, put it down and play with your children
- If you or someone you know has gadget addiction and has caused them and you problems, seek professional help.
At Bridges of Hope, we provide Eclectic Therapeutic Community, along with Behavioral Modification and 12-Steps–these can be customized to meet the specific treatment needs of our residents. Give us a call so we can get started.