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.