The unprecedented technological evolution that we have experienced in recent years has given us the opportunity to incorporate a variety of useful new electronic devices into our daily lives, but all that glitters is not gold.
Sometimes the misuse of these ICT-related devices leads us to develop with relative ease a relationship of dependence on everything related to the Internet and other virtual platforms such as Whatsapp, which results in the tendency to suffer from concentration problems.
How does addiction to new technologies generate concentration problems in us?
If anything characterizes the world of the Internet and the society interconnected at all times through systems of transmission and reception and messages, it is that it allows us to be constantly stimulated. This makes it very easy to lose track of time when using, for example, social media, where an algorithm always offers us content that matches our tastes and interests and it only stops when we decide to leave this page.
Thanks to this invitation to always be exposed to content that catches our attention, new technologies “pull” us out of our minds, so much so that even when we are not using them, we may be tempted to take our smartphone out of our pockets. and see what are the latest posts on Instagram, latest posts in friend group chat, etc.
This phenomenon is known as FOMO: fear of missing out. In other words, we are under pressure to lose valuable experiences which, in most cases, we could access in seconds if we wanted. And the fact that we are aware that this option is always there, that at any time we could feel good or release tension by checking the screen, it is very difficult to stay focused on a task or process, in addition to be the seed of addiction to new technologies.
It is therefore essential that we learn to manage our concentration and not always fall into the trap of checking the phone again and again, to always have the computer on and in sight in case at any moment we change our plans and give in to the urge to browse the Internet, etc.
How to overcome the addiction to new technologies?
As with most behavioral addictions, technology addiction can be successfully treated by a trained professional.
So, seeking the help of a psychotherapist is the first step to begin to get out of the whirlwind of self-sabotage to which this addiction to networked devices induces us. However, alongside psychotherapy, a number of routines and strategies can also be used to help break this pattern of behavior.
1. Use guidelines to reduce device usage hours
To begin to overcome our addiction, we can begin our improvement reduce hours of exposure to electronic devices by setting clear limits; for example, by following a calendar that indicates very precisely when we can use these technologies.
2. Share your own feelings
Sharing the feelings that addiction generates in us is of great importance and this can be done, again, in the company of friends, family or a psychologist. It’s a way of expressing emotions and feelings that we weren’t paying attention to and to those of us who have tried to escape through distractions through video games, social media browsing, etc.
With the help of a psychology professional, we will learn to identify our own feelings and therefore get to know ourselves better.
3. Reinstate healthy daily habits
Some habits that we had lost during addiction need to be reintroduced into our daily life in order to improve our quality of life.
Some of these habits can be daily physical activity, healthy sleep habits that allow us to rest at night, or daily hygiene habits.
4. Cultivate social life
Dedicate a few hours a week to cultivate our old neglected social life it will be a good way to rebuild social relationships that may have been broken.
Maintaining a healthy and active social life will have a positive effect on our mental health and help us improve the problem.
5. Perform outdoor leisure activities
Outdoor activities are highly recommended in any type of addiction that the person may present, especially in those related to new technologies.
The main activities that a psychology professional may recommend might be mountain hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing, or rafting.
Are you looking for professional psychological help?
If you want psychotherapeutic help, contact our team; Fr UPAD Psychology and Coaching we can help you in person or online via video call.