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Technology Addiction

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.

2013: The Year Fatigue Set In

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Marian Salzman

"Fatigue" turned out to be the perfect word for what many people were beginning to feel after a few years of hyperconnectivity, information overload and always-on living.

Virtual Vices Show Shift In American Morality

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and...

From Face-to-Face to Facebook

Anthony Silard | Posted 03.09.2013 | Technology
Anthony Silard

Never in human history have we been in contact with so many people and connected with so few. The ability to bring this power into our control without allowing it to control us is the new make-or-break skill for a life of happiness in the third millennium.

Mobile and Social Technology: Emergence of a Shared Consumption Experience

Lin Humphrey | Posted 03.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Lin Humphrey

While I applaud Amber Case's foundational work on human technology interaction, we must remember that this technology facilitates rich connections to a network we might not be able otherwise to maintain.

Does Technology Make Us More Human?

Judi Casey | Posted 02.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Judi Casey

As someone who has focused her career on how we negotiate our work and family lives, I wonder if information and communications technology encourages us to be more human. In fact, it appears that it's a mixed blessing with the potential to negatively impact our ability to have meaningful lives and meaningful work.

Hooked? How To Kick An Internet Addiction

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Although there's no official diagnosis for Internet or social media addiction, in my view, if it negatively impacts other areas of a person's life and use becomes more and more frequent, then at minimum it's a dependence, and at worst it's an addiction. Don't fear, though -- it is treatable.

8 Steps to Smartphone Recovery

Felice Shapiro | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I love my phone but to be honest, I reached my limit on this technology at a restaurant the other night when six friends took their phones out and placed them face-up next to their plates. 

48-Hour Experiment

Minh Chau | Posted 01.12.2013 | Technology
Minh Chau

Being disconnected from the Internet, whether it's for 48 minutes or 48 hours, was a refreshing slap in the face that life doesn't happen online: it's present, it's now, and it's going on with or without you.

The Need for Connection in the Age of Anxiety

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

In this age of anxiety, there seems to be, after all, a deep yearning for genuine human connection and real-life interaction devoid of electronic distraction. The question is, will future generations have the capacity to attain it and sustain it?

Is Technology the New Opiate of the Masses?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

Yes, folks, everywhere you look these days, you see people "shooting up" their technological "drug" of choice, whether emails, text messages, Twitter or Facebook feeds, YouTube videos, streaming movies and TV shows, or playing app games on their smartphones.

The Deluded Mantras of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Following are five key ways in which addiction experts demonstrate a detachment from the most self-evident truths about addiction, and what causes their addiction delusions.

Does Technology Make Us Afraid Of Intimacy?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

We're all a little anxious about intimacy, aren't we? After all, letting people in is inherently risky. Which means that even though we won't all go to extremes, everyone's at risk for the occasional retreat -- and technology offers plenty of places to hide.

Gen Y, Social Media, and the Powers That Be

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 11.06.2012 | Technology
Tyler Mahoney

The same social media that brought the president to my stove top cook-off jamboree is the same social media that has pushed my friends -- even the ones who live in my same zip code -- out of reach.

I Tweet Therefore I Am: Life in the Halls of Mirrors

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.05.2012 | Technology
Andrew Lam

If communication technology was created to enhance our daily lives, something has dramatically shifted along the way: More and more, we are altering our behaviors in service of the digital world.