Sunday, November 27, 2022
Published 3 Years Ago on Friday, Feb 28 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
The first thing we see at night or in
the morning is sadly no longer our loved ones or a good book. It is more than
likely the screen of our smartphone.
We are now in the digital era, where
all is ruled by technology. It has chaotically and randomly flooded into our
daily lives and has impacted every part of it. Sometimes, it may feel like we
are drowning, but is this because of technology itself or is it our own
inability to set healthy tech boundaries.
Inside Telecom would like to share our
top 5 tips for setting healthy tech
restrictions that will enable you to become a happier spouse, parent,
co-worker, and/or manager. That is, if you are able to put your phone down and
concentrate on our writing for the next five minutes.
You might be thinking that you can just ignore notifications and that you
do not need to turn them off. It is common to feel that you need to be
constantly in the know and connected, like you are going to miss something
important. However, research has shown that those who keep their notifications
on, report very high levels of hyperactivity and inattention. This is
consequently attributed to a lower productivity and psychological well-being.
Perhaps, you will not be the first one to know who wins the game but it could
be worth it for your own mental health.
Cut down on
Cut down and
control how many times you check your News Feed. This can be email, social
media, news and sports. Try to check-in just three time per day. A recent study
demonstrated that checking emails less
frequently, significantly decreased stress,
and lead to an increased sense of meaning, social connectedness, and even a
better quality of sleep. Not to be too ‘out there’ but also try waking up to an
old fashioned alarm clock – the ones with big digital letters and a built in
radio. I’m sure there is one knocking around the house somewhere. Using your
smartphone alarm raises the chance that the first thing you see when you wake
up is depressing news headlines or an endless and daunting string of unread
emails waiting for you.
Believe it or not, you brain actually uses any downtime it has to
consolidate all of the information it takes in during the day. If you fill your
downtime with digital distractions such as playing games on your phone, posting
on social media or even reading e-books, your brain has little time left to
process the world and to form long-term memories. It is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation and the Mayo Clinic
to eliminate screen time one hour before you sleep in
order to block the release of stimulating neurotransmitters that keep your body
from entering a restful state. Attempt to have device-free brain breaks
(before bed/after waking up) to enable your brain to recharge and refocus.
Do not be afraid to protect those around you from being overtaken by
technology. Have times where you are all WiFi free and ensure that your kids
have their electronic devices connected to a timer in your control. Parents can
use the same safeguards to control their own internet use. Program your router
to turn off at a certain time every night and block distracting sites after a
Be a Model of
We all have standards for what we wear when we go to
work or when we go out, for how we speak when children are around and even the
jokes we share with others. We should also have standards for our use of
technology when we interact with others. Try to look up from our computer when
someone walks into the room, take our earbuds out to say hello, close our
laptop and refrain from looking at our phone during real conversations. There
are few things more annoying than trying to have a conversation with someone
who is texting or responding to emails. Do your best not to be that person and
encourage those around you to do the same.
The ability to draw boundaries around technology use
is a superb initial step towards controlling the flood of technology and
overwhelming information in our everyday lives. It can indeed be hard to create
new habits, but after a short period of adjustment you will find that you are
happier and much more in the present. It
might even have a positive effect on those around you!
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