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11/19/2014 07:37 pm ET Updated Jan 19, 2015

Watch: 7 Mindfulness Tools for Tech Addiction

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 urges to check our smartphone!

When you're engaged in addictive or unhealthy use of technology, it can lower your consciousness and ability to be present. The good news is that you can also use technology to raise your consciousness, by using it as a tool to raise your awareness. In the following video, I share mindfulness tools you can practice for your everyday tech use.

Rather than letting technology consume your life, you can learn simple ways to temper your use of technology. By using technology purposefully and mindfully, it can create greater balance in the way you live.

References:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-addictive-internet-use-restructure-brain/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851068/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-bootcamp/200907/techno-addicts

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/addicted-scientists-show-how-internet-dependency-alters-the-human-brain-6288344.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/web-addicts-brain-chemistry-addiction-alcoholics-gamblers_n_1202480.html