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. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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