Contact Us Today! 800-626-8277

One World Technology Inc. Blog

One World Technology Inc. has been serving the Medina area since 2012, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Technology Addiction is a Very Real, Very Scary Thing

Technology Addiction is a Very Real, Very Scary Thing

Technology has become essential to workplace functionality and personal productivity, but while the long hours spent glued to our tech during the workday are a necessity, the time we spend at home with our personal devices is definitely voluntary. However, more and more people - children especially - are finding it harder to let their devices power down.

This is the hallmark of technology addiction, or Internet addiction disorder (IAD). While it isn’t yet officially recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), IAD caught the attention of health professionals in the 1990s and 2013 saw the addition of Internet Use Gaming Disorder to the DSM-5.

What Makes IAD a Problem
Many of the features and trends that are widely taken for granted in applications today - autoplay, in-app purchases, and even notifications - are actually undermining our self-control. Instead of being able to set down the device and move on to something else, these tactics have made it so that we feel compelled to compulsively check these devices.

After all, you never know what you may miss if you don’t check right now.

Of course, needing to use technology for work and being addicted to technology are two very different things, but that doesn’t change the fact that children and adults alike have increasingly presented the warning signs of this addiction in their personal lives. That’s right - as much as the attachment to technology has stereotypically been framed as a young person’s problem, it can affect adults just as easily.

In a poll, 66 percent of parents felt that their teens were investing too much time into using their mobile device. No real surprise there, right? However, the same poll measured that 54 percent of children believed that their parents were checking their own devices too frequently as well.

Symptoms of IAD
IAD has a few warning signs and symptoms that present themselves in the behavior and mood of the person affected. Repeatedly checking for incoming text messages or updates and excessive social media use are common behaviors to keep an eye out for in your loved ones, and possibly in yourself.

Those afflicted with IAD also frequently feel euphoric while using their technology, and when they aren’t, often feel restless. IAD sufferers are prone to social withdrawal and experience diminished interest in activities not centered around a gadget. Some schools have even implemented technology fasts, where students have gone without their precious devices for a week. Teachers have noted that these students often exhibit physical symptoms of anxiety while their devices aren’t accessible. Students will reach for a device that isn’t there, all the while shaking and sweating.

How to Reduce Addictive Tactics
Above, we mentioned how many modern applications have features that encourage this kind of pervasive presence and dependence. To avoid these affects, it is probably best that these features are deactivated for non-essential applications.

Notifications are some of the biggest culprits of encouraging persistent use, so if the information isn’t essential to your professional or personal life, you don’t need an app trying to get your attention. Ask yourself: do you really need to be informed that your energy has been refilled in that mobile game you play more than you should? At the very least, using the mute notifications feature will help keep your attention from being pulled away when it shouldn’t be.

Many of the same apps that spam you with notifications are also the ones that encourage users to make those tempting in-app purchases that give the user an edge, or more frequently, extend the amount of time you can use the app before you have to wait again. This is most common in the free versions of these applications, so if you insist on using the app, it is more economical in the long run to just bite the bullet and pay for the app itself.

What piece of technology can you not bear to be without? Share it with us in the comments.

Tip of the Week: Creating Canned Responses in Gmai...
Is Cloud Storage Going to Work for Your Business?


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Monday, June 18 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Privacy Best Practices Cloud Technology Network Security Business Computing Managed IT Services Hackers Backup Hosted Solutions Software Malware Microsoft Outsourced IT Google VoIP Business Continuity Business Email Disaster Recovery Data Data Backup IT Support Windows 10 Cloud Computing Efficiency Smartphones Android Saving Money Cybercrime Mobile Devices Ransomware Communications Internet Innovation Productivity Browser IT Services Hardware Data Recovery Small Business Alert Business Management Internet of Things Computer Office Computers Server BDR Virtualization Tech Term Law Enforcement User Tips Cybersecurity Managed IT Smartphone Productivity Mobility Passwords Collaboration Communication Chrome Work/Life Balance Telephone Systems How To Artificial Intelligence Wi-Fi Save Money Health Flexibility Managed IT Services Holiday Avoiding Downtime Hacking Office Tips Windows App Data Security Mobile Device Management Money Remote Monitoring Quick Tips Password Firewall Router Data Protection Office 365 Social Engineering Budget Business Intelligence Phishing Facebook Private Cloud Social Media Miscellaneous Spam Apps Connectivity Vulnerability Identity Theft Proactive IT Word Information Technology Two-factor Authentication Data Breach Network Applications Redundancy Bandwidth BYOD Mobile Device Value Recovery Big Data Gadgets Document Management Compliance Upgrade Bring Your Own Device Automation HaaS IT Plan Entertainment Training Operating System Website VPN Unsupported Software Windows 7 Remote Computing Patch Management Electronic Medical Records Black Market Workers Charger Computing Infrastructure USB PDF Scam Automobile Marketing CES Workplace Tips Risk Management Google Drive Battery Government Data loss Data Management Hiring/Firing Content Management Credit Cards Solid State Drive History Smart Tech Cleaning End of Support Microsoft Office Legal HIPAA Computer Care Infrastructure Data Storage Employer-Employee Relationship Content Filtering Comparison Windows 10 Update Business Owner Managed Service Provider Worker Keyboard OneNote IT Management SaaS Public Cloud Spam Blocking Save Time Two Factor Authentication Analysis Workforce IT Support Windows Server 2008 Video Games Hybrid Cloud Humor Authentication Fiber-Optic Cache Mobile Music Root Cause Analysis Emergency eWaste Telecommuting Vendor Management Colocation Assessment Nanotechnology Cables Windows 10s Wireless Internet Professional Services Wearable Technology Voice over Internet Protocol Current Events Criminal Accountants Software Tips Remote Work Regulations Scalability Television Unified Communications Wire Tools Meetings Multi-Factor Security Knowledge Physical Security hacker Troubleshooting Public Computer Theft Audit Sports Trending Transportation Network Congestion Hard Drives Files Instant Messaging IoT Emails Devices Servers Politics Unified Threat Management Internet Exlporer Education Cortana Smart Office Botnet Blockchain Screen Mirroring Lifestyle Benefits Employer Employee Relationship Downtime HBO Fraud Thought Leadership Flash Travel Hosted Solution Google Apps Computer Fan Paperless Office Human Resources Cast Mobile Computing Smart Technology Leadership Computer Accessories User Error Internet exploMicrosoft Search Insurance Amazon Streaming Media The Internet of Things Safety Virtual Reality Apple Techology Staff Outlook Bluetooth Best Practice Samsung How to Practices Amazon Web Services Netflix Content Filter Sync FENG Software as a Service Wireless Worker Commute iPhone Password Manager Digital Signature Frequently Asked Questions Advertising Hosted Computing Online Shopping Settings Storage Telephony Networking Business Mangement Encryption Data Warehousing Specifications webinar Excel Content Wireless Technology Loyalty Shadow IT Relocation Inventory Evernote Skype Machine Learning Books IBM Users Gmail Strategy Millennials Conferencing Tip of the week Audiobook Rootkit Access Control Wireless Charging Addiction Start Menu Experience YouTube Google Docs Supercomputer Recycling Company Culture Managing Stress HVAC Webinar Robot IT solutions Students Healthcare Electronic Health Records Twitter WiFi CrashOverride

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *