What Is the Definition of a Technology Addiction?
We define technology addiction as an uncontrollable impulse that forces you to use mobile devices, the internet, graze on social media or simply play games. These malpractices can lead to the Pineal gland not working properly. The effects this has on the body will be further explained.
In general, addiction is characterised by the inability to consistently abstain from something. Impairment in behavioural control, craving, reduced recognition of major problems with one’s behaviours and interpersonal relationships, and impaired emotional response.
Like many other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
Four key parts constitute addiction:
- Addiction can include both substances and activities such as sex, work, media, eating, shopping, alcohol, drugs and gambling.
- Having an addiction leads to substantial harm.
- The definition of addiction is repeated involvement despite considerable harm.
- Addiction persists because it was, or is, pleasurable and/or valuable.
Addiction is a psychological or physical need to do or use something, to the point where it could be detrimental to you.
Computers – with the increase in the use of computers, addiction to computers has also increased. People may spend hours each day browsing social media or playing games while forsaking other aspects of their lives.
No matter what the person’s addiction is, they can’t control how they use it. They may even start to rely on it to get through daily life.
Some studies suggest that addiction is genetic. However, environmental factors, such as being brought up by someone with an addiction could also increase the risk.
An addiction is a way of masking or medicating the difficulties within one’s life. Addiction can be triggered by childhood trauma and abuse. However, it can come from other things such as unemployment, poverty along with stress, and emotional or professional pressure.
My Technology Addiction Story
Looking at my phone is the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. It starts with checking the time. I use an app to monitor my time, so throughout the day, I click on each new activity. This app can produce a pie chart and show me exactly how I spend my time. Time drunkenness is a characteristic of technology addiction.
While I am plugged into my device, I often say to myself: let’s take a quick look at the emails, there might be something I need to address straight away! This sense of urgency goes on, and the voice inside my head says I had better check Messenger? I really do not like to leave any notifications. No little red numbers next to emails, messages or updates. I need to check them all now.
A client I worked with today has over 9,000 unread emails! I cant rest with even one, what if I miss something! Then the voice in my head says that perhaps I missed a message on WhatsApp?
Oh well, I am drunk on time now, might as well see how many likes I have on my Instagram page. Before I know it, 20 – 45 minutes have disappeared from my life. This was not what I planned, how did this happen? It happens every day and every night, despite the fact I tell myself not to do it next time. I could have been out of bed by now, ready to start the day.
I have counted at least 22 reasons why I want to check my smartphone.
Despite telling myself that I am not going to look at the phone other than to change the time app tasks category. It takes a lot of control to put technology down. Take a breath and do something away from the phone or computer.
My phone goes everywhere with me and. Before long I am looking at it again. If I am working on the computer and close the lid, I quickly move to the phone or the iPad. I go from one device to the next, I can even take one of them with me to the bathroom! I don’t want to waste a second when I can be looking at a device. These are all clear signs of technology addiction.
How It All Started…
My mother was the first tech addict I knew. She was born in 1920 and was an accounting machine operator. Accounting machines are what computers morphed from. She taught me how to use the machines before I left school, and encouraged me to work in that industry. In 1980, I became one of the first computer teachers in Sydney.
But it wasn’t until the invention of the smartphone, the handheld device, that I realised how important it was to me. I also began to notice if I was feeling uneasy, I could easily spend the whole day at the keyboard. There always seemed to be something to do. At the peak of my technology addiction, I was working on two computers at the same time. Editing movies, updating websites, using the emails with the phone close by, sending messages or taking phone calls.
If someone came up to speak with me, I wished they would go away. I resented the human contact and wanted to get back to what I was doing. I was going faster and faster inside, yet sedentary on the outside. All because I loved to get the technology to do what I wanted it to do.
Slowly, I began to realise I was isolating and that it was pretty challenging to put the devices down. They were stopping me from being in the present moment. I had always had a restless sleep pattern, it got worse and I began to attribute this to technology.
This Is Why…
I had to incorporate some sleep hygiene into my life, so I started shutting the lid on the computer, no later than 7 p.m. But I still had the phone.
I deleted the Facebook app from my phone to stop me from looking at it throughout the day. It was only on my iPad and I limited myself to just one look before going to bed. Now I quickly flick through to see if anyone has responded to my posts.
I have 3 Facebook pages and one profile. Furthermore, I have two business websites that I am constantly working on to keep them alive, five e-mail addresses, a Linkedin business profile, Instagram photos, Twitter posts, Pinterest boards, Google business and Google Plus pages to manage.
I use Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp on my phone, as well as an app to prevent vagueness around money. I have written and uploaded 3 digital books to iTunes and use iBooks, Kindle and Kobo book reading apps.
There is no time for a TV in my life, so I use SBS and ABC on-demand viewing platforms. I enjoy making movies and editing images on my phone and iPad in my spare time to upload to my 2 YouTube channels. There is always something to do. Talk about the complications of the addict!
As a teacher of technology for 38 years, I see the many benefits of technology and marvel at the changes. However, anything in excess soon becomes the exact opposite – a disadvantage. If we do anything too much, we begin to lose balance and feel the painful symptoms.
How Technology Affects the Body
The glow of the screen suppresses the pineal gland in the brain. This gland the Yogis have recognised for thousands of years. The pineal gland produces melatonin, and it is activated by darkness and inhibited by light and it is suppressed by electromagnetic fields (EMF) released by mobile phones and other wireless devices.
The pineal is an endocrine gland sitting alone in the brain, level with our eyes. Whether we look at it from a philosophical or a scientific point of view, the pineal gland plays a vital role in mental, physical, and spiritual health.
What Does the Pineal Gland Do?
The pineal gland produces melatonin and is in charge of our daily and seasonal circadian rhythms. Melatonin has a direct connection to our sleep cycles and the quality of our sleep. It also regulates the onset of puberty.
High melatonin levels reduce cortisol which allows us to sleep at night. On the other hand, low melatonin levels increase cortisol which causes anxiety and disrupts our sleep patterns. Melatonin is in charge of fighting against free radicals. A decline in melatonin can also trigger the ageing process in the body.
Serotonin, the neurotransmitter of the happy chemical responsible for our mood, is transformed into melatonin only in the pineal gland. Melatonin is not only crucial to healthy cell growth, but it also affects the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol.
Once released, melatonin circulates through the brain and enters nearby blood vessels that will distribute it to the rest of the body. When melatonin levels are disrupted, people often experience mood swings, depression, and seasonal disorders.
Spiritual Aspects of the Pineal Gland
Given its essential role, it comes as no surprise that an activated and healthy pineal gland has been linked with spirituality for millennia. Its pinecone shape can be found in art and artifacts of many ancient traditions, where it is associated with enlightenment and immortality. Ancient Egyptians admired this tiny gland so much that they even preserved it separately during the process of mummification.
The pineal is a major psychophysiological centre or a chakra (energy centre), according to Yogic teachings. Many people consider the pineal gland to be the source of intuition and clairvoyance. It has also been called “the principal seat of the soul,” and the portal to the higher dimensions. This is because the pineal, or third eye, provides perception beyond plain sight.
When the pineal and the third eye are awakened, our whole body awakens. They enable us to open up to having visions, clairvoyance, and other psychic gifts. It is crucial to our spiritual growth and consciousness to keep our pineal gland-free of toxic substances. As we become more toxic, our pineal gland calcifies further. This causes us to lose our spiritual connection to higher energies and our oneness with everything.
What Yoga Can Do to Counteract the Effects of Overdosing On Technology
Optimal health and balance of the entire being is Yoga’s mission. Technology addiction can directly affect the pineal gland and this leads to being out of balance. Quality of life is diminished. Learning tools to bring your self into a state of balance is a much needed strategy in todays world. The irony is we use technology to connect yet in reality the effects of overusing a good thing, keep us separated from ourselves and others.
The balancing act of Yoga poses, meditation, breathing and chanting may be everything we need to remedy our minds and get our circadian rhythms back in sync. Some tips to keep yourself in balance are:
- Spend time in the sunlight every day.
- Shut the lid on computers at 7pm.
- Sleep in complete darkness.
- Commit to a regular meditation practice before bed, because this will develop and enhance your pineal gland.
- There are many Yogic practices that are very powerful methods for awakening the pineal gland.
- Inversions are especially helpful since they increase blood flow to the pineal while you are upside down.
- The practice of Yoga Nidra and yogic sleep meditation can also help in awakening the pineal gland.
I Can Help You With Your Problem
As a computer coach, a Yoga Ayurveda therapist and someone who is addicted to technology, I have learnt many tools and have gained experience helping people with their technology addictions, teaching them to bring themselves into a state of balance.
I believe I can help technology addicts learn how to be time efficient with using their technologies. This way, they have time to focus on their visions and goals in life.
I do this by teaching people how to incorporate Yoga into their everyday life, whether it be sitting at the desk, standing in a cue or the simple act of breathing, opening and stretching. Yoga counters the harmful effects that technology has on the body and mind. Combining these two aspects will help with bridging the gap between the ancient teachings and the modern day technologies. As a consequence, you will move towards a healthier lifestyle.
If you are someone who has been struggling with technology addiction as I have, don’t hesitate to contact me today. You can do it either by e-mail, phone, via Facebook or through my website.
Phone Number: 0407 956 071
- The practice of Yoga Nidra and yogic sleep meditation can also help in awakening the pineal gland.