Tech addiction.

So you got that device you wanted this holiday season. So did your mother, brother, cousin, aunts and scarily enough your children, nieces, nephews and cousins new burns all seem to have as well. The result? Tech addiction. What are the symptoms?

1. Long periods of silence when two or more are gathered for alleged social activity (offline socializing)

2. Being asked to “hold on one sec” while your companion checks their device – more than three times in an hour.

3. Said device, or worse devices, become your new alarm clock/ sleeping buddy/ last thing you check at night/ note book/ main communication tool. If you find yourself using said device in the bathroom…you may have an advanced case of tech addiction.

Tech addiction can have pronounced negative impacts on life. Indeed a diagnosis for tech addition is usually swiftly accompanied by:

1. The afflicted individual having few healthy off line activities. Activities such as hiking, biking, skiing or…worse…swimming have all ceased to even be considered.

2. Real life relationships have been diminished. Afflicted person blames the world’s lack of understanding of the importance of these tech devices as the reason.

3. Multiple device syndrome…person has more than 3 devices always connected to the web and always within 2 feet of individual. Person may also have financial trouble due to incessant app purchases…

Save yourself now! Pick up a hobby for every device you own…and make it an offline one. Have an offline conversation with those showing signs as soon as possible…sending them a message online may not be as effective as an offline hug…

Save yourselves!

*closes ipad…heads to bathroom to get ready for day…turns on Ihome to accompany getting ready…ensures mobile is charged…*

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One Response to “Tech addiction.”

  1. Darrin Des Vignes Says:

    Hi, so very true… I used to teach design and technology a few years back and there was a huge demand to cater for kids between 4 and 10… I fear that they are on the cusp of an even larger technology explosion as this year the pipeline is full of revolutionary gadgizmos.

    Now I run comms and socmedia for the T&T High Commission in London and is constantly switched on unless my devices are switched off… usually on a plane, on the underground or asleep. Otherwise I’m being slapped in the face with data and wireless waves… discipline is key as society’s demand for data flow will not slow down but will increase and become more heavily woven into the fabric of our day to day being.

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