Do you find that you spend more time on your phone/tablet or laptop than human interaction. Are we spending too much time on technological devices?
What would you be doing if you weren’t using your device this very moment.
I find that the more social apps I have on my phone, the more I need to check to find out what’s going on in Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat. It becomes a habit but if I delete these apps from my phone then I would reduce the time I spent on my phone.
The first thing most of us do when we get up in the morning is use our phones. Our alarms are set on our phones. We check our messages and emails, check the news and weather and even manage to fit in some time for ‘screen shopping’.
Think about how much time you spend on technology, whilst at work or at home, to play video games or watch movies. Add it all up.
How I spend my time on technology on a normal weekday:
8 hours – using my laptop for work
3 hours – blogging or browsing the Internet on my laptop after work
1 hour – roughly spent on my mobile throughout the day to check text messages and emails, the news and weather
1 hour – to watch an episode on Amazon/Netflix
13 hours is the total time I spend using technology on average on a weekday, that’s 90% of my day.
That’s at least 65 hours spent on technology over 5 days.
Now think about how much human interaction has been cut out in that time. That leaves me with 30 mins in the morning, 1 hour throughout work time and my lunch hour, 30 mins at dinner and 1 hour throughout the evening. That’s just 3 hours of human interaction.
In the long term, you are limiting the function of your brain to the use of technology. Just as your eyes adjust to your glasses, your brain adjusts to the technological devices you are used to. Take away all technology for a day, you will probably feel a bit lost and emotional at first and will struggle to find something productive to do that day.
“Internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control.” -research authors summarizing neuro-imaging findings in internet and gaming addiction (Lin & Zhou et al, 2012)
According to Psychology Today, here are some physical changes that occur in the brain:
- Shrinkage or loss in gray matter
- Loss of white matter integrity
- Reduced cortical thickness
- Impaired cognitive functioning