Our phones and tablets enhance our lives, they help us become more informed shoppers, keep us organized, but they can also constrict our personal relationships and impede our productivity at work. Have you ever gone a day without your phone? Does even the thought of it cause you anxiety?
We may not have a diagnosis that tells us we're "technology addicts." But intuitively we know we have a problem: our family has called us out on it, we've texted while driving, we compulsively check our phone for messages, seeking out that serotonin high of getting a message.
The signs that our love for technology has become problematic varies from person to person, but it becomes problematic when we believe "I can't live without it." If that's you, you are not alone. According to CBC article, from December 7, 2016, 1 in 5 young adults show a problematic relationship with technology.
In the era of the 24 hour news cycle, the spread of false news, and relentless corporate advertisement, we need to give our minds a break from the constant bombardment. Technology is a two way door. We need time and space to pull back and reflect and reclaim the things most precious to us. It's about putting technology back in its place - as a tool, and not another stressor that puts demands on our time.
If you believe your technology use is problematic - please reach out and connect with someone today. At Peartree we can help you build greater self-awareness about your relationship with technology, and develop a plan to set the balance right again. We are here to support you.