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Clever Ways to Stop Technology from Stealing Your Time

Many revolutions have swarmed our world, but the ones that change the face of our planet are technological revolutions. The most recent revolution dominates every industry and sector; it does not discriminate against the rich and poor or the youth and the elderly. Nowadays, technology is accessible to everyone in different forms, and if we allow it, it can steal our time. 

While technology has brought the world closer by keeping us connected, it has also furthered us from our consciousness and reality. We spend most of our time swiping through our phones, which has long-lasting damaging effects on our brains and bodies. Indeed, The increase in technology has seen a dip in real-life human interactions. As a result, there has also been an increase in loneliness, depression, low concentration, mood swings and anxiety.

In fact, the overuse of technology has caused an entire disorder to be included in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V)–Internet Addiction Disorder. Physical damages could include poor eyesight due to long screen times, leading to blindness in some cases, bad posture leading to spinal disorders, fatigue, and in extreme cases, effects on heart functioning. Additionally, technology has introduced new terms such as “cyberbullying,” “body insecurity,” “hacking,” “data leak,” “porn addiction,” and “online scam.” The issues surrounding technology form a silent pandemic that is destroying users’ mental and physical well-being, particularly the youth. So, what’s the solution? Prevent technology from stealing our time and skills.

How to Prevent Technology from Stealing Your Time and Skills

Instead of having a growing positive impact on us, technology has grown parasitically upon us.

In 2020, Netflix released a documentary called the Social Dilemma that highlights social media’s dark side. It explores how social media has skillfully manipulated human psychology to change thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The documentary involves interviews with tech moguls residing in Silicon Valley, who explain how tech manipulation takes place. Subsequently, they urge viewers to regain their power by limiting their time on social media and preventing it from stealing their time and information. 

As technology is at our fingertips, it is difficult to disconnect ourselves from it. However, it is not impossible. Here are a few ways you can prevent technology from stealing your time.

  • Reconnect with nature.

Disconnecting means reconnecting in another way. Nature will help you detox from all the negative physical and mental effects of technology.

  • Read books.

The Internet is a powerhouse of knowledge, but books have more concentrated, reliable and detailed information. Reading books allows us to slow down and internalize content better.

  • Develop a skill.

Developing new skills like cooking, drawing and writing can help one stay occupied and resist the urge to overuse social media.

  • Limit your time using technological devices.

You can limit your time by creating a schedule to regulate your screen time. You can also create zones where no technological devices are allowed, such as at the dinner table or your bed. To be more strict, you can also utilize settings that enforce time limits and notify you when you are spending more time than you should. 

  • Spend real-time with family and friends.

A study has shown that the more time people spend on social media, the lower the quality of their relationships and emotional well-being. Therefore, people should spend more quality time with loved ones and limit their use of social media for improved well-being.

Final Thoughts

Albert Einstein said, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”

According to how we use it and for how long we use it, technology can be a boon and a bane. We must try to let it not exceed our humanity and use it only in ways that benefit ourselves and others.

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