Signs you May be Too Dependent on Technology & What to do About It

A guest post by Joey Pepka of Peptronics

There’s no doubt that technology is the driving force behind most businesses.  We use our computers, smart phones and tablets the moment we wake up and for many, it’s the last thing we do before we go to bed.

Are you too dependent on technology?

Do you “shut down” when your computer or phone is not working?  Do you get highly agitated when you cannot get an Internet connection?

According to a Concordia University Study, “There’s no doubt that the exponential growth of technology has benefited society, but there is a darker side to the rise of the machine. Based on a 2013 British study, 51 percent of surveyed individuals admitted to suffering from “extreme tech anxiety” when separated from their devices such as smartphones or tablets. As people become more and more technologically connected, some are concerned that we are losing important aspects of the human experience, becoming impatient, impulsive, forgetful and even narcissistic. That’s why experts are questioning society’s dependence on technology: what it is, how it happened and what we can do to mitigate the risks of dependency during a time of tech advancement.

What can you do to be less dependent on technology?

  • Exercise limits to when and where you use technology.  This may be scheduling one hour a day where you put your electronics away.
  • Take breaks throughout the workday to give your eyes a break from staring at a screen.  Gaze outside the window for a few minutes and/or take a walk without your phone.
  • Periodically check your posture and stretch your back and arms throughout the day.Technology is critical to productivity and creating small breaks and “no-technology” time can be good for our mind and body.

What works for you?  What one idea would you like to commit to in the next month?  We would love to hear from you.

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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