- Mental Health
Taking A Technology Fast
Is technology good or bad? Depending on who is asked that question, answers will come in various forms. Ask this of the person who makes a living either fixing computers or mobile phones, and you will most likely receive a resounding "yes it is!" By asking a Mother who just lost a child in a fatal auto accident due to the fact they were texting while driving, the answer would probably be the complete opposite. Technology has allowed people to live longer, and technology has also allowed people to die faster.
In looking at a series of polls that have been taken in various locations, we have found that overall, people think technology is a good thing. This poll taken by Pew Research shows 76% of responders voted that technology is good and 15% voted that it is bad, with the rest voting a mix of good and bad.
In a different poll taken at the WOBM website, the vote was taken on whether it was good or bad in communicating with friends and family. The question was raised on whether technology made talking with friends and family impersonal. The figures show that 65% say that technology is good and 35% bad in the form of being impersonal.
So, are humans addicted to technology? Many would say yes. How easily could people give up their technologically advanced objects? The answers may surprise you. In this poll, responders were asked what technology would be hard to give up. 46% said the internet, and 44% said their cell phone.
Some people have a habit of studying the actions of other human beings. In doing so, we can see a much different pattern than we saw 10, 20, or 30 years ago. As people are walking, driving, eating, and participating in various day to day activities, they are staring at their smartphone and entering Facebook posts, Tweeting, or perhaps adding a quickly snapped photograph to Pinterest. Some humans seem to be talking to themselves, when in all actuality, they have a camouflaged headset and they are talking to another human.
There are others who post on various social media that they are having such a difficult time losing weight, The posts usually go similar to: "I am exercising and eating right, why can't I lose this weight off my butt?" In many cases, they just do not comprehend that sitting in a chair in front of a computer screen for 8 hours keeps that rear huge. The little exercise they do for 1/2-1 hour per day is lost in that stuffed computer chair.
An Opinionated Answer
For a person's sense of well being, and to maintain a healthy psychological makeup, it is recommended the taking of a technology fast. Staying off the internet for a period of time can do a mind (and body) good. How easy would this be for you? For some humans, it may be harder than quitting a heroin addiction. With no computer or no smartphone, some humans may go absolutely bonkers.
Can you shut the computer down for 1 day? Can you put your smartphone in a locked safe for 4 hours? Many will claim they can, but could they really? Try it. It is harder than you thought, isn't it?
It may do a person good to escape to a technology free zone. How about trying one of these ideas:
- Go fishing or camping (without the smartphone).
- Read a book (not on the computer or Kindle).
- Go play in the park (again, leave the smartphone at home).
- Bike ride
- Horseback ride
- And many other activities without a phone or computer.
If you are finding a technology fast harder than you thought, it may be time to get some help. You just may need to have some intensive treatment.
Life is full of addictions. Some are addicted to drugs, alcohol, coffee, television, and even chocolate cake. If a person is addicted to technology, there is help. There is nothing wrong with attending some type of support group. Addictions come in many forms.
New on the scene, and similar to the support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and others is ITAA (Internet & Technology Anonymous). Just maybe there is a group starting near you. If not, also highly recommended is Celebrate Recovery which is a Bible based addiction support group started by the Saddleback Church lead pastor, Rick Warren.
Technology has helped, but it has also hurt. Don't allow technology to control you; control it! Take a technology fast and free your mind!
© 2014 Greg Boudonck