Use technology, but don’t let it use you!
Technology is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it has made our lives easier and more convenient in
countless ways. On the other hand, it has also created a culture of constant distraction and over-
stimulation. If we’re not careful, technology can start to use us instead of the other way around.
One of the biggest dangers of technology is how it can disrupt our sleep. The blue light emitted by screens
suppresses melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, making it harder to fall asleep. Additionally, the
constant notifications and urge to check our phones can make it difficult to relax and wind down before
bed. To combat this, try setting a designated “tech-free” time before bed, where you turn off your devices
and read a book or do a relaxing activity instead.
Another issue with technology is how it can contribute to sedentary behavior. Sitting in front of a screen for
hours on end can lead to a host of health problems, such as back pain, poor posture, and weight gain. To
counter this, try setting reminders to stand up and move around every hour, or invest in a standing desk.
Lastly, social media can be a huge time-suck and can negatively impact our mental health. Constantly
comparing ourselves to others and scrolling through a never-ending feed of highlight reels can lead to
feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. It’s important to have a healthy relationship with social media,
setting boundaries and time limits on usage, and making sure to take breaks when needed.
Technology can be a valuable tool in our lives, but it’s important to use it in a healthy and balanced way. By
setting boundaries, using technology with intention and being mindful of how it affects our physical and
mental health, we can prevent it from using us instead.