Are you addicted to the Internet? How often do you text or tweet? Update your Facebook status? Check your emails? Can you ignore email alerts when you need to stay focused? Do you have anxiety attacks if you misplace your Smartphone? Do you worry about how much your children use the Internet? How much gaming they do? How hooked they are to Snapchat instead of the people and the world around them? Do you know that being constantly connected changes your brain physiology and function?
This video is one person’s story about Internet addiction but it could easily apply to any one of us. Internet addiction is so hard to admit to because it’s easy to dismiss something that so many people do, that is so prevalent and mainstream (think smoking in the 1950’s).
“The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.” ~Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Who isn’t on their Smartphone at every turn? Who isn’t checking emails when they are in social situations with others? Who doesn’t suffer from FOMO today: the Fear of Missing Out? But what most people don’t realize is that being overly connected technologically means that you are disconnected from people in your offline life: you’re dismissing real contact for updates in the virtual world.
Worse yet, you’re not only NOT in the moment, you’re rewiring your brain in ways that can be truly damaging.
“If you think our incessant use of the Internet, Blackberrys, iPods, text-messaging and video games has changed our lives and our children’s lives, here’s some breaking news: Technology has not only altered our lives, it’s altered our brains.” ~Gary Small
Internet addiction can cause anxiety, insomnia and depression. It affects your psychological and physical health, interpersonal relationships and work success.
Internet addiction affects your ability to pay attention to any one task or idea; it affects your ability to truly focus, to reflect and to weave new learning into deeper understanding. Our collective addiction is creating a population of people with Attention Deficit Disorder-like brains!
Internet addiction affects your ability to learn, to build memories, and to enrich your intellect. Internet addiction increases impulsivity and handicaps long-term decision-making. It affects your ability to truly interact socially with others and build genuine connection and relationships.
“Teens and adults text while driving, because the possibility of a social connection is more important than their own lives (and the lives of others). They interrupt one call to take another, even when they don’t know who’s on the other line (but to be honest, we’ve been doing this for years before caller ID). They check their Twitter stream while on a date, because something more interesting or entertaining just might be happening.” ~John Grohol
If you’re concerned about how much time you spend on the Internet or are concerned for someone else; “ESC from Internet Addiction: How to Live a Virtual-Free Life” [http://designlifecoach.com/internet-addiction-2/] has information and strategies you can use to reclaim your life, your relationships and your brain. Visit the Design Life Library [http://designlifecoach.com/distance-coaching/] created by Success Dynamics Specialist Oksana Tashakova, to learn more.
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