Breaking Our Addiction To Technology

22 May
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Many of us have  been frustrated with  friends or family who have an absolute addiction to phone texting, emailing, facebooking, or blogging. 

Absorbed with  constant texting or blogging, the individual is rendered incapable of  hearing or responding to “mono -mono”  conversation because of   being  facedown and  ignoring everything else while giving an occasional nod as if every word is being received. [At least this is the way my wife kinda described it to me….lol] 

Also, According to a Harris Interactive study, 72% of people identified bad mobile-phone behavior as one of their top 10 pet peeves.

Who knew modern technology has a dark side. Seems our high-tech gadgets tend to sterilize relationships, stiffle meaningful communication,and effect emotional disconnect.

No problem,  help has arrived in the form of a new book: “The Digital Diet:The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life” by Daniel Sieberg.

These excerpts reveal the need to go on a digital diet and the 4 steps to implement. 

Ooooops, gotta run, just heard my Droid announce an incoming text.



“At the core, the Digital Diet is about common sense and common courtesy, Impress yourself and those around you. Be the master, not the slave.”

“Technology makes life more sterile and makes it too easy to avoid a conversation (services like slydial send you straight to voice mail), face responsibility (sorry, didn’t get your message), or display emotions (those emoticons just don’t cut it). Too often technology allows us to replace meaningful interaction with superficial ones. Many of us have become terrible and ineffective communicators and blog and selfish broadcasters. Lots of telling but very little listening. We’ve come to rely on what I call, in fast food term, “drive through conversations”. Pull up, get what you want and drive away. No fuss, no muss. If only real life were so convenient.”

Step 1 – Think – Consider… the effect it’s had on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Step 2 – Boot – Take stock ….and step back from the device.

Step 3 – Connect – Focus on restoring the relationships…harmed by the technology in your life.

Step 4 – Vitalize – Learn how to…optimize your time spent e-mailing, texting, on Facebook and web surfing.

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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in communication, marriage, relationships


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