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A Healthy Relationship With Technology


Do you see the effects of electronic devices on your health?

Thanksgiving week may have been the first time I didn’t post a weekly contribution to my blog since its inception in 2012.  I was set to publish something about gratitude. However, I got caught up in a technology problem. My website was exhibiting something known as ‘the white screen of death.”

The problem didn’t get fixed for 2 weeks. It was great. There wasn’t anything I could do about it, so I enjoyed my Thanksgiving. Plus, I got a dose of perspective. I work with hospice patients, people who are facing the bigger screen of death, so this website issue didn’t seem like much. Given reality, perhaps ‘the white screen of death” is an extreme description?

The site is up and running again, but I am evaluating my relationship with technology. Here are some questions I have:

  • Am I tethered to my computer, phone, and other devices?
  • How important is it to be doing whatever I am doing on my electronic device?
  • Am I getting distracted by click bait and other dazzling attractions on the internet?
  • What does a healthy relationship with technology look like?
  • What else could I be doing if I wasn’t involved in an electronic-related activity?

I don’t have answers for these questions yet. I am just exploring. However, here is what I know:

  • I love my annual unplugged week.
  • I sleep significantly better when I stop watching screens at least an hour before bedtime.
  • My power of concentration is diminishing. Is it age or am I learning that from my device use?
  • Absolutely nothing is so important that I need to have my phone with me constantly.
  • Screen time is often sedentary, which is really, really unhealthy.
  • Technology provides some really wonderful health-enhancing opportunities.
  • There is an addictive quality to current electronic features, some of it designed into apps and games.

So, just for the health of it, I am restricting my screen time and seeing what happens. During this experiment, I’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts regarding my questions? Do you see the effects of electronic devices on your health, either positive or negative?  How have you come to terms with this?

Perhaps you’ll join me on this journey of discovering the risks and benefits of computer and phone  technology. Hope to hear from you.

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