Male Rep 4


 "There is only one Boss. The Customer"

Have IT Questions?
Call us now (888) 894-6411

TWINTEL Solutions Blog

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 Your Cloud Solution Actually a Money Pit?


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Thursday, December 13 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Our 10 Benefits

Our 10 Benefits Whitepaper

This whitepaper will evaluate the differences between traditional technical support practices and modern managed IT practices and the pros and cons of both in regards to small and medium-sized businesses.

Download Now!   Need A Consultation?

Tag Cloud

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