Technology is everywhere and digital dependency is creeping in. Is your family addicted? Although digital technology can be a great tool it can become easily addictive, just like drugs or alcohol. Both kids and parents can become obsessed with staying connected with others digitally and in turn, end up completely disconnected from their own immediate family.
So how can you tell if your family has fallen prey to technology addiction? Check out the warning signs …
They’re obsessed with social media.
Can't stop looking at social media for even an hour? If they can’t go without updating their status multiple times a day or sharing every single thing they do with followers, an obsession might have taken hold.
They can multitask while using their phone. This may seem like a talent to some, but it can actually be dangerous. Kids should know the importance of being able to put down their phone every now and then … parents too. When kids realize they didn’t miss anything in that moment, they’ll learn to be a little less reliant on using it at all times.
They are fixated on follower and friend counts. When with the number of friends or followers on social media is more important than who the people actually are, there may be a problem. Think quality over quantity. Having so many online friends that someone doesn’t even know who they all really are, simply opens the door for online predators to pose as friend.
They start neglecting things. When someone consistently forgets obligations or neglects people and activities because they feel more compelled to be present on a digital device it may be a sign of technology addiction.
They text but don’t talk. Although sometimes a text is easier, giving up personal communication for texting isn’t good for anyone. Texting in the same room or house versus getting up to talk to someone not only encourages laziness but also social isolation.
So if you may have a tech addict in the house or if you’re the culprit, get back on track. Set limits on digital devices and set goals for less usage. Talk more. Go outside. Create family challenges of who cannot touch their phone the longest. When people start to see they’re not missing anything, the cycle of tech addiction can be easily broken.