Technology is great and brings a wealth of new opportunities to people who want to use it for business or pleasure. Unfortunately, some people become addicted to the power of 24/7 connectivity and are not able to put phones or computers away. The on-demand accessibility can be both daunting and exhilarating. Follow some of these tips if you think you may be tech addicted.
Signs of Addiction
Some of the signs you may be struggling with addiction to technology crop up before you realize. It is easier to recognize in someone else than yourself. The following are just some ways you may know if you are addicted.
- Over-reliance on technology for basic answers to questions
- Experience of withdrawal symptoms when not plugged in
- Worrying about missing out constantly and development of social anxiety
- Digital connections have replaced ‘real world’ interactions
- Creativity has taken a hike and you feel like you cannot express yourself like you used to
There are ways to curb technology habits that go astray by noticing they happen and being aware of what to do next.
The biggest thing to do when you have lost the control of your technology use is to adopt what’s known as “JOMO,’ or ‘Joy of Missing Out.’ Rather than allowing technology to become your master, you master it by setting clear boundaries about when, where, and how much you use it. Internet blocking software helps when making sure not to go online too much and reducing the number of times you check email each day. Limit downtime spent on social networking sites and focus on real life interactions. The whole point is to regain control of your life away from technology and focus on finding valuable time for yourself that is otherwise lost on the computer. Not only will you become a better employee, boss, entrepreneur, or overall person for this but you may also find you are happier and healthier spending time in spaces outside the computer. Engaging with friends and family is the best way to get away from the computer and socializing with loved ones.
Oceanfront Recovery offers a place that will help you focus on peace and rest. If you are seeking a space to recover from addiction where you are close to the ocean and can be around others pursuing the same ideals, call us. We will provide individualized programs and services designed to help you gain insight and wisdom into your addiction so you can move into a more blissful and peaceful place in recovery: 877-296-7477