Unfortunately, you can be addicted to your device. Here are some signs:

  • You feel guilty about how often you use your device.
  • You feel withdrawal or discomfort when you are separated from it.
  • Your loved ones complain about how much time you spend using it.

Overuse of technology doesn’t just zap your time, it also can lead to:

  • Auto accidents
  • Chronic diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle
  • Psychological problems stemming from a lack of social interactions
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Vision problems

If you need to distance yourself from technology to focus on more personal human connections, you can:

  • Create screen-free zones: The car, kitchen table and even your bedroom are good choices for this designation.
  • Set aside tech-free time: Go for a walk, play a board game or read a hard copy of a book or magazine. Use your phone’s “do not disturb” feature during these times so you’re not tempted by interruptions.
  • Streamline your apps: Delete apps you don’t need. Keep the ones you use the most or get the most enjoyment from.
  • Turn off alerts: It’s easier to ignore your phone if it doesn’t buzz every few seconds with texts, emails and social media updates.