July 19, 2023

While we all live in a world driven by technology, that does not mean it should get to steer.

We live in a world surrounded by technology and devices. In fact, almost everything we do involves technology. Whether you are driving, working, on the phone, exercising or shopping – tech is right there with you. Our devices make life and communication convenient and instant. A quick text message or Google search is all it takes to get the information we need.

There are many benefits of technology – there is no denying that. But with pros come cons. What are the consequences of living in a tech-driven world?

Reliance on technology can negatively impact interpersonal relationships and communication skills. Research also shows that limits and boundaries on technology, or a “digital detox,” can have many benefits. Examples include increased productivity, better sleep, and less stress. We all want that, right?

Setting limits for yourself is important. But consider setting those limits for your household as well. Imagine this scenario. You are sitting on the couch with your spouse. Instead of conversing you are both scrolling through social media. Sound familiar? Or is it that constant battle with your kids to turn the TV off or limit their screen time? Limits help us, and our loved ones, establish positive communications and healthy boundaries.

So, where do we start? How do we set those boundaries and follow through? Below are three tips to start with. Each person and family must do what works best for them; but these tips are a good way to start!

1. Set time limits:

While many of our responsibilities require technology, do we need it the rest of the day?

Consider setting a limit for yourself. As an example, no social media after 7 pm. It may help to make a replacement. Instead of checking your email first thing in the morning, stretch or meditate. If you need extra accountability, install an app on your phone that will remind you when your time is up.

2. Set “tech free” zones:

Think about the important times we know are best to spend with our family and loved ones. Consider making the dinner table a tech free zone. Times or days can be tech free zones as well. One example could be Saturday mornings – swap out the tech for a walk, outdoor activities or finally trying that new recipe.

3. App/Content unplugging:

Take a moment to go through your phone and think about which apps/content you spend the most time on. Do they make you happy or do they cause you stress and anxiety? Do we need five different social media apps? Consider decluttering your phone a la Marie Kondo. Only keeping the apps that bring joy and fulfillment to your life.

 

While we all live in a world driven by technology, that does not mean it should get to steer. Get back in the driver’s seat and focus on balance. Our phones/technology should not consume our lives. Taking the time to be self-aware and take steps to reduce our usage can only benefit us in the long run. The occasional digital detox could be the place to start.

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Catherine Kirkhoff

Authored By

Catherine Kirkhoff

Director of Kinetiq Health

Catherine works with our client services team and wellness vendors to empower clients to implement, manage and measure their health and wellness initiatives. She manages the day-to-day activities of the team of analysts and clinicians driving Kinetiq Health program strategy for Apex clients.

Before joining Apex, Catherine worked in public health for six years as a curriculum coordinator for the Marion County Public Health Department. During that time, she earned her CHES and CLS certifications and provided health education throughout the community and schools in Marion County.

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