This week we're going over ways to notice whether we can be addicted to technology or the access to it. See if you notice yourself in any of the following:
- It's hard to get through a meal, movie, conversation, etc..., without checking your text messages, email or missed phone calls. Even if we've silenced our phones, we may still be constantly checking to see if we've missed something. The instant gratification and immediacy factor that technology has created in our lives has also created FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Technology can turn us into creatures wanting to know the instant something occurs. For more info on FOMO, read this great PsychCentral article explaining the trend.
- Texting a spouse about important things instead of having a face-to-face conversation can mean we're addicted to technology. Intimate, deep conversations are designed to be had face-to-face so that tone, inflection and facial expressions can be seen. Most communication between individuals is non-verbal communication. Too much is missed and MIScommunicated through text messaging! If we cannot wait until we see one another face-to-face to have a discussion, then addiction to technology could be at play.
Why is it important to know whether or not we're addicted to technology? Because it can affect our relationships with others. The way we interact with technology will also be a model for our children, giving them a guideline on what is healthy and unhealthy. We have several more pointers to share with you this week. Please check back in to see if any others may apply. Thanks for reading!
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.