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Tech Addiction

How Technology Hijacks People's Minds

Tristan Harris | Posted 05.28.2016 | Technology
Tristan Harris

We need our smartphones, notifications screens and web browsers to be exoskeletons for our minds and interpersonal relationships that put our values, not our impulses, first. People's time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.

5 Tricks To Break Your Addiction To Technology, According to Randi Zuckerberg

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 04.14.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Businesswoman and tech maven Randi Zuckerberg knows a thing or two about technology -- including when it's time to put our devices down. It may be tem...

Iris Apfel Has Some Dating Advice We All Need To Hear

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.30.2016 | Fifty

At 94, Iris Apfel knows a thing or two about life -- and dating. Though Apfel says she hasn't dated in 68 years -- her husband, Carl Apfel, died last ...

Are Smartphones Really So Smart?

Dr. David Greenfield | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Greenfield

The smartphone keeps us on automatic pilot and it inhibits us from making healthy choices, thus we are responding to life on an automated and unconscious neurobiological basis. We socially isolate, are intolerant of boredom, and are always connected somewhere other than where we actually are at the moment.

What Happens To Your Brain When You're Always On Your Phone

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living

If your phone is more like an extension of your hand than a separate entity, you fit in with close to 50 percent of the U.S. population, who say they ...

Read This If You Use Your Smartphone To Avoid Reality

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.04.2016 | Technology

Do you turn to your iPhone because you're bored -- or because you're trying to avoid dealing with stressful or unpleasant things in your life? The wa...

What One Boy's Story Tells Us About Video Game Addiction

Richard Freed | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Richard Freed

By limiting children's access to gaming, they are more likely to find joy in real-world activities--such as spending time with family, reading, creative and outdoor play, and school. Such limits also help children learn that technology is best used as a tool, not a toy.

Where Are We Headed in 2016? 11 Predictions

Marian Salzman | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
Marian Salzman

As we move into week one of a year when international news won't be "all bad, but much of it is," according to NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel's 2016 forecast, let's see what's in store closer to home.

You Probably Use Your Smartphone Way More Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.05.2015 | Science

How many times would you estimate that you check your iPhone every day? Thirty, 40 or 50 times? Take whatever number you came up with and double it, a...

How To Know If You Have Nomophobia

Fusion | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

It was 2008, just after the iPhone was released, and Patrick O’Neill began noticing a curious new phenomenon amongst his friends. When out to dinner...

Psychologists Push For Smartphone Warning Labels

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.08.2015 | Science

We're used to seeing warning labels on alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs, for obvious reasons. But if one group of scientists has anything t...

Are You A Nomophobe? How To Tell If You're Too Dependent On Your Phone

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living

Most Americans check their phones at least once an hour. But for some of us, digital devices are more than tools used to habitually text and tweet; th...

6 Ways to Break Your iPhone Addiction (That Actually Work)

Supercompressor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Rule 1. Never use your phone as your alarm clock. We all know how it goes: once you're done dealing your standard wave of 20 snoozes, you flick off the alarm, and go straight to browsing: Instagram, email, videos of baby elephants.

Why Your Tech Addiction Makes You Extra Lonely

YourTango | Posted 07.22.2016 | Healthy Living

It's not the phone (or the content) that we're addicted to -- it's the distraction. Since we accepted this non-stop pace in our society, we feel awkward when we slow down. We have no clue how to relax anymore.

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? This Scientific Test Will Show You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.18.2015 | Science

Smartphone addiction is no joke, and now there's a scientific way to measure it. A new study from Iowa State University has identified some of the...

Tethered To Tech And Resenting It

Next Avenue | Carol A. Cassara | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Carol A. Cassara Dawn, Sunday morning, sitting at my desk in front of my computer screen, a thought crossed my mind....

Constantly Checking Your Phone Could Be A Sign Of Depression

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

It's been estimated that the average mobile phone user checks a device 150 times a day, and nearly a third of smartphone users admit that they're addi...

My 12-Step Digital Detox for a Healthier and More Productive 2015

Martin O’Leary | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Martin O’Leary

I've decided it's time to fight back and take action against my digital overlords. However, the reality is I actually love these digital distractions, so rather than going cold turkey, I've come up with a realistic 12-step plan to a healthier and more productive life in this digital world.

Research Links Addictive Social Media Behavior With Substance Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

Plenty of research has demonstrated that the addictive quality of social media is very real. And according to a new study, heavy social media use may ...

Even When You're Not Using It, Your iPhone Is Distracting You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science

Smartphones are a near-constant source of distraction in our daily lives. We check them an average of 110 times a day, according to a 2013 study, set ...

Sneaky Ways Technology Is Messing With Your Body And Mind

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living

Technology can be a beautiful thing. It connects us to others, it's super convenient and, if used mindfully, can even help us find a little bit of cal...

Watch: 7 Mindfulness Tools for Tech Addiction

Sura | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Do you check Facebook when you first wake up in the morning? Are you tempted to text while you drive? If so, you're not alone. We all get unreasonable...

Why People Text And Drive, Even When They Know Better

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living

It should come as no surprise that our near-constant use of technology has an impact on the functioning of the brain. And that has a major effect on o...

This Is How Often Most People Check Their Phones Per Day

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.30.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Interested in knowing just how many times you check your phone per day? There's an app for that. Checky not only shows you a numerical figure of ho...

How Your Technology Is Manipulating You

New York Magazine | Kira Beilis | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

In his new best seller, A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention, New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize win...