Don’t Let Computers And Gadgets Take Over Your Life

December 8, 2010 by  
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Computers, smartphones, iPads and others, are all great communication and entertainment gadgets.  But what are the consequences of our complete enslavement to them?  Our lives have become so dependent on technology that we basically have to shut down when our internet isn’t working or our smartphone goes MIA.

How common has become the scenario of people walking by each other without any sign of acknowledgment because they are on their phones?  Or what about smartphones adorning tables at restaurants?

A couple of months ago I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on why it is so important to take time away from checking emails and navigating the web obsessively. There is a compulsion that is a direct response to the amount of information we are sent on a daily basis that puts us on a crash and burn path.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs, said the following to CNN while at the Computer History Museum: “All of a sudden, we’ve lost a lot of control,” he said. “We can’t turn off our internet; we can’t turn off our smartphones; we can’t turn off our computers.”

No one is advocating turning our computers off and going back to a pre-computer lifestyle.  But knowing how to use technology instead of being engulfed by it, has become the difference between a healthy life and complete meltdown.

Here are some quick tips on how to keep yourself from drowning in the never ending digital request to engage and respond:

- Don’t spend your whole day on social media pages.  Pick a couple of specific times a day to do so then leave it alone.

– Don’t check your emails while at dinner with others, unless it is an emergency.

-  Don’t have a 100% virtual relationship with close friends and family.  Call them on the phone and if you can, make dates.

– Choose one day a week to put all the gadgets aside.  Make this day a time for relaxation and meeting your friends in person.

By making these lifestyle adjustments you will be improving your life’s quality.

Check out the CNN.com article on  Steve Wozniak’s thoughts on the computer revolution and where we are headed.

Mountain View, California (CNN) — The world has mostly caught on to Steve Wozniak’s vision of having a computer in every home. But this digital lifestyle can sometimes turn rotten, he said last week.…Continued

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