For many years I have been referring to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as an “adaptive mechanism” of brains trying to keep pace with modern technology. I have also theorized that technology is at the root of numerous additional physical and psychological problems.
Recent research and discoveries in the fields of medicine and neuroscience are now confirming what many of us have thought for years. Technology, as we are currently utilizing it, is hazardous to our health.
The current trend in society seems to be “build it and sell it” with limited consideration given to the potential impacts upon bodies, minds, and souls. Commercialism now supersedes wellbeing as an “acceptable loss” mentality pervades regulating philosophies.
Folks, let’s be real here. We cannot trust that companies will place safety over profit, nor can we be assured that our Government will protect us with anything more than superficial legislation. The burden of safety falls upon each one of us, and it is up to us to educate ourselves and then make the best choices for ourselves and our families, even when these choices are unpopular and lead to less short-term comfort or luxury.
This applies not only to technology, but also to many other aspects of our health and safety (air, water, food, healthcare, etc.). Conspiracy theories aside, these are facts that we need to face about modern life.
I would like to refer my readers to the work of Dr. Victoria Dunckley, M.D., (http://drdunckley.com/) who is an integrative psychiatrist with specialization and expertise regarding technology and its effects on our brains and minds. I am sure that you will find her work both enlightening and useful.
Additionally, I would like to posit my own set of 5 strategies for interfacing with technology in our lives. One caveat here: I understand that technology has many good applications and that it will continue to be a part of modern society. My goal is upon titrating (i.e., diluting, limiting, balancing) our use and exposure with the hope that this will soon become common knowledge and practice within society.
Please consider the following Five Tools for Titrating Technology:
1) Self Advocate: Do your own research and make your own decisions regarding technology safety and use. “Big Bother” may be watching you, but he is not necessarily “looking out for you.”
2) Be selective: Just because there is a gadget doesn’t mean you have to use a gadget. Sometimes “old school” is better. For example, while I do own an E-reader, I still love the look and feel of a real book.
3) Use sparingly: When you do decide to go with the electronic option, still consider doing so with balance. Be sure that you are not becoming inundated with “lights and sounds,” which overload your neurochemistry and subsequently affect your entire biochemistry.
4) Keep a distance: Many modern electronic devices emit what are said to be low levels of radiation. Remember that radiation accumulates, so we may want to reconsider safety levels on the basis of multiple means of exposure. Based upon this information, it is best to keep a device a safe physical distance away from you whenever possible.
5) Be realistic: Over-exposure, dependency and addiction to video games, cell phones, and social media sites are very real phenomena that effect more and more people every day. Sit yourself down and get real about the role technology ought to play and is playing in your life. If there is a problem, accept it and seek professional guidance.
I hope these ideas are able to get you started with a conscientious approach to technology. Please continue your own personal research and continue to make healthy decisions for you and your family.