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Technology Addiction

Confessions Of A Phone Addict

Caitlyn Becker | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Caitlyn Becker

Before I head out the door to go anywhere I usually make sure I have the Holy Trinity in my possession: Cell phone, wallet, lip gloss. Last night, I failed to do my check and it wasn't until I was on the subway that I realized the error of my ways.

What Made Me Delete My Facebook Account

Odelia Kaly | Posted 11.26.2013 | Teen
Odelia Kaly

Our technology is always changing. This is a fact that we are taking note of and embracing, but what we have yet to fully acknowledge as a species is that both humans and technology must adapt to one another. One can't surpass the other.

Carolyn Gregoire

Welcome To Internet Rehab

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.25.2013 | Healthy Living

They've come from all over the country to be cured of one of society's newest, and potentially most debilitating, ailments. After trying and failing t...

This Family Is Living Like It's 1986

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.03.2013 | Parents

If you want to get in touch with a member of the McMillan family, you can't call them on their cell phones, you can't reach them on Facebook and you c...

How I Left The Room Without My Phone -- And Lived To Tell The Tale

meQuilibrium | Posted 10.17.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

We don't just have devices -- we have a collective digital rash. And we keep scratching. We're not just connected, we're inflamed by our hyper-reachability.

There's A Technology-Free Oasis In The Heart Of San Francisco, And It's Incredible (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.15.2013 | Healthy Living

Are these photos from present-day San Francisco -- or Woodstock 1969? It would almost be difficult to tell, were it not for the "No smart phones allow...

10 Digital Detox Vacation Hacks To Help You Truly Unplug

Posted 07.31.2013 | Travel

On our summer vacations this year (a time supposedly designated for resting and recharging), few Americans will actually leave their work and everyday...

You Don't Need a Digital Detox: You Just Need to Learn to Set Limits and Boundaries

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Dr. Larry Rosen

A detox is an interesting idea but, quite honestly, it does not tackle the problem that our brain is often the culprit in setting up a feeling that we must constantly check in with our virtual worlds or we will miss out on something important.

Fighting Our Addiction to Empty Stimulation

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are all sorts of TV shows and literature about interventions -- how you convince a loved one that their behavior is damaging not just themselves but everyone around them. But how do you perform an intervention for an entire society?

How a Technology Break Has Changed My Life

Christine Organ | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

My iPhone is rarely out of arm's reach so that I can read and respond to emails quickly, monitor any earth-shattering Facebook news, and generally be ready just in case something comes up. Each day tends to morph into the next without any designated time for personal restoration.

Confessions Of A Teenage Internet Addict

Lana Gorlinski | Posted 09.01.2013 | Teen
Lana Gorlinski

It was true that I would oftentimes let my homework collect dust while I granted myself "five more minutes" of Internet exploration for the 30th time that night. But that was all normal, and I was totally in control. Besides, Internet addiction isn't an actual disorder, right?

Great Outdoors America Week: Replacing Screen Time With Green Time

Christopher Mulligan | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Christopher Mulligan

Over the past 25 years I have worked with children, teens, and families as an educator and a mental health professional. Sadly, during this period I have seen a steady decline in outdoor activity and an increasing disconnect from nature.

Summer Camp: Unplugged or Unfair?

Beth Rosen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Beth Rosen

Summer is a great excuse for all kids to unplug and go outside and play, jump in a lake or a pool or just sit around and get bored. Boredom is the best fuel for creativity.

Did Steve Jobs Ruin the World?

Tom Green | Posted 07.29.2013 | Comedy
Tom Green

Thank you Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg for making Schadenfreude convenient. It's as if we are enjoying the spectacle so much that we haven't noticed the cameras are now pointed at us. Who is laughing now?

Unplug & Recharge At 8 Digital Detox Retreats (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.28.2013 | Travel

At a time when a third of Americans prefer texting to talking, and 84 percent of respondents in an international poll said they couldn't go for one da...

Are You Mindlessly Addicted to Technology?

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Woodbury

I get the addiction. I succumb to it myself, because it's human. That's why we have to learn to use the technology mindfully and not buy into the social construct that it's okay to be mindless, rude and disconnected from the real world as long as we use the "I'm busy" excuse.

Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds The Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

In the 1840s, Benjamin Disraeli, still a long way from being prime minister, wanted to wake people up to the plight of the British working class. The alarm he sounded wasn't delivered in a speech, a pamphlet, or an article -- but in a novel, Sybil, published in 1845. Ever since I read Sybil when I was at Cambridge, I've loved thinkers and writers who use storytelling to reach people and get us to act. And so it was that I found myself moderating a panel discussion last week with the director and two cast members of a movie that uses storytelling to wake us up to one of the biggest problems of our modern age: the effect that being "connected" to technology 24/7 is having on our ability to connect with our lives, ourselves, and the people we love. Like so many people, this is something I struggle with on a regular basis. That's why Disconnect struck a nerve.

6 Signs Your iPhone Is Stressing You Out (And How To Deal)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.25.2013 | Teen

Being constantly connected is a basic fact of life for millennials: If you're a Gen Y-er, you probably carry around a mini-computer in your pocket at ...

Always On... Always Good?

Elizabeth Krupka | Posted 05.08.2013 | Technology
Elizabeth Krupka

Disconnectivity (from technology) anxiety is an actual disorder now. Reread that before you go on please. People actually have anxiety over unanswered texts messages or a few hours away from a little piece of plastic.

Signs That You Might Have 'Social Media Anxiety Disorder'

Posted 03.01.2013 | Healthy Living

Do you dream in tweets? On Friday, March 1, @HealthyLiving and @GPSforSoul hosted a Twitter chat to explore our growing addiction to social media ...

What Social Media Would Look Like Without The Internet (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.01.2013 | Healthy Living

If you don't receive a text from your bestie this Friday night, it might be because she's pledged to unplug. On March 1 at sundown, participating ...

Confessions of a Social Media Maniac

Jonathan Jacob Moore | Posted 04.25.2013 | Teen
Jonathan Jacob Moore

Not until I learn to remind myself of how little the opinions of others matter in deciding who I become in life will my social media addiction be entirely cured. It's not my use of the websites that trouble me, but my dependence on them to make me feel whole.

Preparing for the National Day of Unplugging: No Time Like the Present

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 04.16.2013 | Technology
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

If you're new to unplugging, I've pulled together 15 ways to help you get acclimated to a new way of thinking about how you spend your time, alone and with others.

The iLife

Chelsea Audibert | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Chelsea Audibert

Every moment is a memory, a documented bite. We expect 24/7 connectivity because that is how we are trained to operate, always powered to on. It is time to set to sleep mode.

How Technology Is Like Bug Sex

Nir Eyal | Posted 03.23.2013 | Technology
Nir Eyal

Society and technology have evolved much faster than our instincts, leaving us vulnerable to adverse influences. But unlike lower animals duped by parasitic species, humans sell supernormal stimulus to each other for a profit.