Addicted to Technology? 10 Reasons to Unplug for More Brain Power
The human brain is an amazing organ, capable of operating at average speeds of 100 Hz per second, with over 10 billion neurons firing at once in a very efficient manner. While this is a bit slower than the standard operating system of a computer or mobile device, most people find it increasingly important to utilize technology to augment their normal workday. Multi-tasking for eight hours a day seems like the norm for millions of working professionals.
Is all this digital connectivity really making work better, or could it be causing distractions that make humans less productive?
Several studies have been released in the last few years that indicate workers are more productive when they limit the distractions caused by too many digital connections. These distractions include email, cell phones, texting, and Internet use. There are droves of people who are addicted to digital technology and cannot go even a few hours without access to their email or social networks. We live in a society that requires us to stay “plugged in” 24/7. For some, however, this has become an actual mental disorder that damages the delicate balance between productivity and complete burnout at work.
Ten Reasons to Disconnect from Digital Technology
Among the scientific and medical community, there is growing evidence that supports the notion of unplugging for better brain function and ultimately, better productivity. Let’s take a look at ten good reasons to take a break from all that digital technology, at least for the next five minutes of your life.
If you are struggling with digital technology distraction or you believe that you may need help to unplug, there are resources to assist you, such as reSTART, a technology addiction treatment organization; and Psych Central, a self-help website filled with information about digital addiction.
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