Op-Ed: Is technology becoming too much?

by Christine Murphy

Too much use of technology has negatively affected people’s health physically, mentally, and socially.

According to Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, “Technology can have very serious negative affects on the body, whether that be mental or physical.”

Gazzaley said when technology interrupts sleep, it affects one’s overall health.

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(Photo: Google)

“Technology can be very harmful not only to the physical aspects of your life, but very much with your mental and social state,” said UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield.  People can get very easily depressed and have serious anxiety issues because of what has been seen on social media or the news.

“You cannot perform the proper social skills when you use too much technology” said Clifford Nass, an author at Stanford.

There is a lot that you can do to cut back on the technology use in your life. First is the most clear, to just not use your phone or your computer or any other form of technology when you don’t absolutely need it. Go outside, go hang out with friends, but don’t have your phone glued to you.

Making sure you put the technology away before bed is also very important. Try plugging in your phone or tablet away from your bed so you are not tempted to use them till all hours of the night. Maybe just try shutting it off.

The real world isn’t about using a phone and a computer. You need to be able to talk to people face to face. Communication and social skills are an essential part of life that society is lacking in people who that use too much technology.

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