It's Time to Take a Look at Your Digital Habits

It's Time to Take a Look at Your Digital Habits

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It’s time to talk about digital addiction. Maybe when you think of digital addiction you think of hardcore gamers glued to their computer screens for 18 hours a day and maybe that’s not you, but how much time do you spend checking your phone? Email? Notifications? Social media?

Our digital world is evolving so quickly that often we often don’t have the time to tweak and perfect our practices before the next thing is out. At Freedom we love technology, but we are also firm believers in keeping our technology working for us, rather than the other way around. We believe our habit of distraction,  much like any habit, can be changed and improved.

So here are a few of our favorite articles this month to get you thinking about your digital habits and practices.


 

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SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT OUR WORLD BECOMING MORE ADDICTIVE? | Nir Eyal

“What will differentiate success from failure, and contributors from consumers, will be our ability to focus and control our attention.”

Author, educator, and entrepreneur, Nir Eyal, tries to tackle the increasingly relevant issue of digital addiction. Are we addicted to our technology or simply making the most of engaging products? In this article, Nir Eyal helps to provide a greater context for our digital habits and how we can shape them, as well as sharing an optimistic view for the future of our digital lives.

 

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HOW SCREEN ADDICTION IS DAMAGING KIDS’ BRAINS | Seth Ferranti

Research is now showing that digital addiction in children can cause neurological damage in much the same way as a drug or substance addiction. Dr. Kardaras, a leading addiction expert, found that such habits of consumption may stunt a child’s creative potential, which can stunt brain development in other areas. Read more to find out about a few other troubling digital trends to be aware of before giving your child more screen time.

 

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HOW TO BEAT YOUR IPHONE ADDICTION WITHOUT A DIGITAL DETOX | Olivia Ovenden

A digital detox may be the latest health trend, it may not be the most realistic option for many of us whose daily life and jobs require digital devices and the internet. Much like diets, a digital detox is only temporary and often times too extreme to maintain for an extended period of time. This article offers a more realistic alternative to help you reduce screen time without needing to visit a tech-free temple or setting fire to your devices.

 

fast-company-logo1HOW TO RESCUE YOUR ATTENTION SPAN FROM INFORMATION OVERLOAD | Gwen Moran

Although most of us benefit tremendously from the seemingly unlimited amount of resources online, too much of a good thing can come at a price. Research has shown that information overload can cause fatigue, forgetfulness, and an inability to focus – problems that many of us face everyday. The solution? A combination of awareness, self-monitoring, and a few of the right tools can make all the difference in finding your best life-tech balance.

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5 PRODUCTIVITY TIPS FOR NEW YEAR IN SEPTEMBER | Pierre Battah

For many of us the fall season is the real New Year. It’s a new chance to start fresh, renew your commitment to personal goals, and take on new challenges. However such intensity and the looming fourth quarter deadline can also make the fall season stressful and overwhelming – so here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of this September.