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With an attempt to connect to the whole world outside, we often end up drifting away from our own family. Not just this, gadgets often affect one’s physical and mental health as well, especially in children.
Technology, internet and mobile gadgets are everywhere today, and one can find anything and everything with just a click of a button. I use gadgets for almost everything – I pay bills online, I shop online, I order food from my mobile, I use Google maps extensively when on wheels, I sometimes chat endlessly with friends – forgetting what’s happening around me. It has definitely made my life much easier, but at the same time, I sometimes stop and question myself, am I overusing technology and gadgets!?
Yes, gadgets are everywhere – be it for entertainment, eating, shopping, navigation or even for personal advice. It does bring the entire world together, but don’t you think it actually creates a huge wall within one’s own home and family? With an attempt to connect to the whole world outside, we often end up drifting away from our own family. Not just this, gadgets often affect one’s physical and mental health as well, especially in children.
It’s time to stop and ponder, are we really the OWNERS of our smartphones and gadgets, or are we its SLAVES?
How does our addiction to these gadgets play out, and how can we minimize its usage and in turn reduce its impact on your family?
Smartphone addiction, colloquially known as “nomophobia”, is a growing problem among young children these days. It is the fear of being without a mobile phone or beyond mobile contact. Some of the ways mobile phones can impact us are listed below:
I have listed below some of the ways to stay away from gadgets. I have been following a few myself for the wellbeing of my family:
It is not possible to get rid of all the gadgets entirely. But be aware of the harmful effects on you and your family. Set rules at home on the screen-time and make it a habit to turn off all gadgets before you go to sleep. As parents, it’s our responsibility to safeguard our family from the ill effects of gadgets and technology, and use it only for productivity and well being.
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