Brad Huddleston guides how to beat this growing tech addiction
In the era of growth and development, when technology has taken over the world, it has major drawbacks to look at. We often limit the word “addiction” to drugs, but do you know about the addiction each one of us has? yes, we might be addicted to the digital world. An American author Brad Huddleson recently claimed that as rapidly digital addiction is becoming common, it has a chance of getting out of control. He further added Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans of a cocaine addict are identical to someone who is digitally addicted. Just like the two sides of a coin, technology comes with its pros and cons.
Have you ever wondered why technology is so addictive? The answer is because technology has an influence on our brain that fulfills our natural needs for human connection and interaction. The interactions in social media stimulate a reward and happiness emotion in our brain, this triggers the release of dopamine which is a pleasure hormone. So here’s why you get happy whenever someone comments on your Instagram picture.
Given age factors, every age group is somewhat a victim of digital addiction but only at a certain intensity. The major victims are teens as 95% of the teenagers own smartphones or have access to one. As harmless technology looks because of its shiny, crisp, and luxurious look, it has major side effects on us. In the latest research, technology addition damages the brain just similar to cocaine or alcohol. It damages emotional processing, attention span, and decision-making power. If you are glued to your phone 24/7, there is a higher chance of a sedentary lifestyle which may lead to health problems eventually.
After looking at the side effects, are you afraid you might be digital addicted? Well, here’s a quick guide to signs and symptoms. Please note if you or anyone in your loved ones encounter.
- Short temper
- Easily irritated
- The habit of lying frequently
- Neglecting household chores
- Antisocial and prefer online interactions more
- Refusing to cut down technology usage
- Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)
Internet Addiction disorder is a real thing and should be taken seriously. If you see someone glued to their phone 24/7, please seek help from a qualified professional.
Ways To Prevent Digital Addiction
Everything in excess is wrong. A direct outright ban on technology is useless but the usage of technology should be controlled as much as possible.
- We can control it by setting rules and limits for screen time.
- Another technique is keeping all tech devices switched off for a certain day, let’s say Friday or Saturday. In this way, you will get to spend time with family and control not only yours but everyone’s tech usage.
- No screen time three hours before bedtime so you can fall asleep early.
- No matter how much technology takes over, human interactions should always be preferred as they are more worthy and better.
- Human touch, deep conversions, and feelings should never be compromised. It is Better safe than sorry.