Though psychologists and researchers are reluctant to label excessive technology use as an addiction there are some tell tale signs that may be personal to us. Answer these questions:
How many of us have more than one TV in the home?
How many of us have more than one computer in the home?
How many of us leave the TV on even though no one is watching it?
How many of us talk or text on the cellphone while driving despite understanding the dangers of such actions?
How many of us have web access on our cell phone?
Does your percentage of unplugged time come close to matching your plugged time?
Have any of us interrupted a meal with family to text or answer a cell phone call?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a problem with excessive technology use.
I am reminded of this advice from Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, at the 2009 commencement at Carnegie Mellon University:
“Turn off your computer. You’re actually going to have to turn off your phone and discover all that is human around us. Nothing beats holding the hand of your grandchild as he walks his first steps.”