Adam Kidan Technology AddictionIf you look at how much technology has become a part of our lives in even the past 10 years, it’s a bit scary.  When you leave the house without your smartphone, you feel like you’re naked.  “Technology addiction” is a real problem, and breaking free of it means setting proper boundaries.  I recently came across an article that shares some tips to deal with this problem.

Often-times, the first thing we do when we wake up is check our email, Facebook or Instagram, although it does very little for us, sapping productivity by flooding the mind first thing in the morning before you get the chance to focus on the big picture.  Instead, do some light physical activity, brush your teeth or read a newspaper.

When you’re working on something and getting “in the zone”, email notifications can be a real distraction, and finding your bearings and getting back into the flow of work can be a real challenge.  To deal with these interruptions, install a browser extension like StayFocusd and set time limits on visiting certain website.  Maybe even step away from your computer entirely.

Technology allows us to reach each other no matter what time or place, yet this can be both a blessing and a curse, as the line separating work and personal life starts to blur.  However, taking breaks is essential for mental health.

In this age of “mass information”, facts about everything from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to astrophysics are right at our fingertips.  Back in the day, people used to explore hiking trails or parts of their city without the help of Yelp.  Trust your gut more than anything else, as original work means digging into your personal set of beliefs and experiences.

When you walk out of the house without your phone, it sometimes feels like you’re missing a limb or essential article of clothing.  Social interactions with phones in a way can contaminate the beauty of real-time social interaction.  The author of the article speaks about how he and his friends play a game they call “phone stack” when they’re out at restaurants: they pile all the phones into the middle of the table, and whoever picks up their phone first has to pay the bill for everybody.  If you ever feel the need to pull out your phone and capture a moment, soak it in and appreciate it first, so that the anxiety of not being able to snap a photo or text a friend will eventually fade away.