Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 01:05 pm

Technology – we rely on it for work, entertainment and communication but are we overdoing it? If social media is stressing you out, you need to read this… 

In a time when weâ??re â??always connected and online’, weâ??re ironically disconnected from family and friends. According to a Euro RSCG study by Havas Worldwide called â??This Digital Life’, half of 7 213 surveyed participants believe they spent too much time online and not enough time enjoying life. 

And itâ??s not just adults who are bombarded by technology, children also feeling the negative effective of technology! 

Health dangers of technology 

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In an interview with Tech News World, psychologist Leah Klungness (Ph.D) said that the over-exposure to technology interferes with the development of psychological traits that are essential to the well-being of a child.

From headaches to insomnia, spending hours in front of a computer screen or TV is not good for your health no matter what your age. 

According to Dr. Hallowell (MD), author of CrazyBusy: Overbooked, Overstretched, and About to Snap!, people who feel obliged to respond to every email can work themselves into a frenzied mode. In turn this could lead to toxic stress, poor work performance, and a breakdown of relationships with family and friends. 

Setting boundaries

Technology interruptions are bound to cause havoc on our bodies and minds if we donâ??t take time to put things into perspective. 

Here are a few tips to help you conquer a technology and social media addiction… 

  • Ask yourself if reading an email is more important than spending time with your loved ones. 

  • Switch off email and social networking notifications when youâ??re interacting with people face-to-face. Better yet, keep your cell phone in your bag or in the room next door.

  • Limit your time on social media sites. Set timers if you need to.

  • Set intervals to check your emails. Donâ??t open each new email as soon as it appears in your inbox.

Prioritise your peace of mind

Multitasking is overrated. Letâ??s face it, when you try to do too many things at once â?? answering emails, updating a spreadsheet, responding to an instant message and catching up on the latest tweets â?? you donâ??t get very much done and youâ??re likely to feel stressed out! 

Instead, prioritise tasks and work through your to-do list systematically without the unnecessary technology â??noiseâ??.

Log off and tune out 

Rest assured the world will not end if you donâ??t check your Facebook page every hour! If you feel stressed out by your inbox and social media profiles, try the following… 

  • Turn your cell phone off for one or two days during the week. This works especially well over the weekend. 

  • Schedule a social media free day once or twice a week. 

  • Stop checking work emails after hours, over weekends and during holidays. Tell your boss that if something is urgent and canâ??t wait until Monday, they best phone as you donâ??t receive email notifications on your phone over weekends. 

Technology and social media may seem intoxicating and it can become addictive. While we can no longer work without it, when it comes to your personal life and how you spend your time, think about whatâ??s important to you and find your happy balance with technology. 

Sources: Tech News World. Kids and tech: how much is too much?Web MD: When technology addiction takes over your life and Webroot: Are you worried about technology overload? 

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