Hello Parents & Caregivers!
I am sure many of you who have teens, pre-teens (or even younger kids) are grappling with the issue of screen addiction! It has reached almost epidemic proportions across the world and is sparing no age group. However, do also keep in mind that you are superheroes, role models to your kids and it is equally important for you to reflect on your own digital usage along with that of your kids. Modelling of desired behaviour can actually be the most effective way of bringing about a change in the behaviour and habits of your children. So, with that in mind let’s delve deeper into how we can combat digital addiction and bring about digital wellbeing.
What is digital addiction?
Addiction to technology, also called internet addiction or digital addiction is the uncontrollable use of computers/tablets/smartphones to perform many actions, be it for work, household organization and management or leisure activities – checking emails, shopping, watching movies, connecting with family and friends, passing time watching what automatic calculated algorithms have selected for you based on what they think you will like…
Digital addiction is defined by a difficulty in managing use of technology devices with more time spent online than planned and losing control of the action as first intended. Another sign is that is interfering with daily activities/responsibilities with reduction of social real interactions with family members, friends or colleagues.
Though modern way of life since the millennium is incompatible with no internet technology, a balance should be found between the necessity and the leisure aspect. We should encourage other non-digital ways to experience pleasure. Games can be on boards along with digital games, sports performed in outdoors, not only with the help of mouse pads/joysticks or other handy devices.
Are you addict?
There are few signs that might indicate a digital addiction:
- increasing time spent online to achieve the same amount of satisfaction
- making efforts to reduce internet use
- being irritable if internet use or access is limited
- staying online longer than planned
- preferring to stay online than to have real social interactions with family or friends
- neglecting self-care and professional or personal activities and relationships
- hiding about the time spent online
- using the internet to cheer mood
How addicted are you to your screen? Take a test… there are many… out there!
The concept of “digital wellbeing” is growing with greater importance being given to real life actions than digital emotions. A balance is needed between reasonable use of technology and real-life grounding. This balance will promote wellbeing, not just digitally but in a much more holistic manner. To achieve this however, you will need to take active steps.
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