Technology is a two-edged sword. It is such a privilege to have, but it can also be a source of problems if abused. According to a report, an average Australian spends 10 hours engaging with their devices every day.
Before, I found myself disconnected and full of anxiety when I started my day by checking emails, suddenly feeling the urgency of other people’s needs before I’ve even relieved my bladder. Now, I choose not to look at my phone before I start my work day. Nothing is more important than my mental health and the attention that my family deserves from me.
We become addicted to our phones because it gives us a little hit of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate emotion and improves motivation. However, being overly connected to your device can cause psychological issues such as narcissism, expectation of instant gratification, and depression. In addition, use of technology can also have negative repercussions on physical health, causing vision problems, hearing loss, and promotes sedentary lifestyle.
I encourage you to make a rule for yourself as you would your children and set aside some tech-free time first thing in the morning and for the last hour or two before bed. You can also download RealizD (a free app) if you want to track how much time you actually use your phone.