So, you have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, netbook and many more gadgets beeping in and out during the day, making you the perfect tech mom. But do you find yourself reaching out to your Blackberry faster than to your daughterâ€™s wail? You need a time check. Probably the right time to go on a diet, a technology diet!
Technology is all around us and it is important to stay connected all the time. But if the balance between human relationships and technology is disturbed then it can create a complete havoc in our life. It is always important to pay more attention to your relationships.
Check out these simple questions and answer in simple yes or no.
- What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Reach for the toothbrush or check your e-mail?
- Have you ever had a close to chance of getting hit or risk an accident because you were checking your e-mail?
- If you hear power outage, does it make you panic for all the time you have lost being online?
- Does your prioritization have higher ranking for social media rather than cooking dinner for family?
- Have you ever forgotten what you were doing because you were too busy posting a status update?
If the answers to most questions here is a yes then you are turning into a technology freak and definitely need a break. Go for this technology diet.
Just like any other diet we will start with care, determination, discipline and acts to resolve the present situation.
Set a date: put a date when you want to start and then donâ€™t change the date. Â .
Cold turkey or wean? There are two ways to go about it. Either you can do it the cold turkey way. Throw your smartphone in a drawer and then walk away for 24 hours. Turn off your computer or laptop and deactivate the cable modem. No disaster will happen. If it seems like too much, then try weaning. Use your tech devices for less and less time each day. At the same time increase other activities like exercise, spending time with your kids etc.
Use parental controls â€“ this time on yourself: you must have set parental controls for your kid; this time put the same restrictions on yourself. Â Take the help of timers and blocks to cut down on the time you have access to technology.
The Final Result
The most important thing in this technology diet is to find a better balance between your personal life and your digital life. Even though technology encompasses everything and makes life simpler and easier for us, we can live without technology as well. So, use technology where it makes life easy for you rather than taking a control of your life.