Technology Addiction is Real
In one of the most advanced, free, wealthy and educated nations on the planet we are actively creating new ways to become addicted. Technology addiction is most often associated with social media, video games, and personal electronics. It does include television, although this is more and more through phones and other devices, so the t.v. centric conversation is dwindling.
3 truths to know about technology addiction
1. Choices are the problem
There is a growing body of research showing us that technology is not the problem. We are actively training our brains to need video games to feel excited. Furthermore, we use social media as a type of digital narcotic and look to all of those likes, shares and positive affirmations for a hit of
2. Design doesn’t help
Many games, “educational” tools and social media products are created to give you a positive feedback loop. You do a task so you get a reward so your brain gives you dopamine (your natural “good job!” drug). In order to feel that again you continue doing the tasks you are assigned. As time progresses you need begin to become desensitized. Now to feel good you need:
- more success
- closer together
- for a longer period of time
This is a design for addiction.
3. Freedom is real. It’s also a choice.
Freedom from technology addiction is very real possibility. Research teaches us that freedom from technology addiction requires behavioral and mental changes. We have to be willing to change the way our brains work, where we look for excitement. Through intentional choices, loving support and healthful balance, we can experience powerful positive changes in our lives.
For more resources on technology addiction be sure to check out:
- 13 Signs of Technology Addiction
- 4 Steps to Choose a Great Book
- Parent Resources for healthful and balanced tech
- Flint and Iron: Sparking Positive Purpose in Youth