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I bring a lot to our doctor Gregory -- mental health and dependency specialists out in our Seattle bureau good morning to you when we're talking a lot about technology.
And how many of us are addicted to them and doctors -- is so evident.
No matter where you are whether you're in an elevator whether you're at work whether you are walking down the street you see people on their blackberries are crackberry as we -- column.
Oh yeah yeah I got I got -- right here on.
But but but hey -- -- -- it up until the very last moment my.
You know what we know 68% of us really have -- we called -- -- anxiety if you can't get to your device you feel physically anxious.
And this is increasing -- -- -- with the younger younger kids.
As well as just the overall addiction to the technology.
Eight also -- given us some other interesting statistics for example that the average person -- -- Smartphone.
34 times today and be willing to bet for some folks it's even higher especially for the younger populations that you mention.
Oh yes and if you're a kid of course the primary means of communication is text messaging.
You know we work with people predictions from all over the country and we had an individual who did 7000.
Tax and one day.
So if if that we hear what we're seeing that's where addicted to this how -- we know because it seems like it's just kind of become.
Part of our everyday lives and part of just part of culture.
Well one of the first questions -- ask yourself is how do I feel if I can't get on my device.
And do I have physical symptoms we've had people who break out in the -- sweats.
Their heart rate goes up there basically having it and anxiety attack.
Because they can't get to their device.
Where they can get the FaceBook.
Whatever -- -- so that how do you feel if you can't get to it and then the next question always ask is.
Can I go without it even for a day how can -- function without it.
We do -- little technology detox and we'll we'll suggest you know try one day and see how you do without it.
-- you know laugh heard that a lot of people have started doing this for -- will try to give up FaceBook or Twitter.
But do you even recommend trying to give up your entire Smartphone I mean -- you know because we use it for -- RG PS for our email -- for work purposes.
Well here's here's one the first things to try perhaps for.
One week you can keep a log of all the time that you're involved with the screen.
Just keep -- a lot and just see how much time is spent.
Now there is it's how we spend the time that we are doing it for work purposes or are we actually -- time.
Activities that really happened there -- no good fruit -- there really diversions.
Many people are preferring to have virtual relationships at the expense of real relationships.
And sometimes people are even replacing.
Those -- personal relationships with virtual relationships what's what's the hazard and that.
Well the hazard that is a virtual relationship is not a real relationship.
For the person that says you know I have 5000 friends on FaceBook -- the reality is you might have fifteen friends.
And we get into a hole.
Area of this is my ego you know I have all these people follow me on Twitter I must be important.
And it's a way that we can use it to bolster our our self esteem but you know in reality.
Those are not real relationships you don't go -- natural relationship stages there's a sense of creation of -- even false intimacy.
-- know what we can be anything we want online.
Yet we can it it's like that Brad -- song so much cooler on line right.
Well and what happens is we make assumptions about people on line.
You make assumptions about -- track ability people always appear more attractive online more desires on line.
The disappointing if it comes later yes sir why are we gonna post a picture of ourselves that we don't think we looked at and right and -- tonight if not gonna write about a house that we are gonna write about happy act.
Exactly and you know here's one of the dangers is.
And I gotta tell you know I I came to a personal point of revelation and I recently wrote a book on this topic because.
I was at the dinner table and -- with my family I had my two sons were talking to each other they were texting back and forth.
And I go what's going on here.
So this is something that its its its organic for us meaning it's always changing there's always something new on line.
That we've got to navigate and -- figure out what is our technology boundaries how we can keep ourselves healthy.
Yes it just a few more ways that we can stay healthy and really find a good balance and that -- -- you talk a lot about that in your book called up.
Yes well and it is I love technology I'm a gadget guy and I've had to come to a place to go okay.
For example be very intentional when we're eating at the dinner table -- having -- times it's not -- to be on a device.
Give your full attention to the people that your win.
If you need to do something excuse yourself and give full attention -- We -- something that's called partial attention we're partially at the attending to really not multitasking.
And what we know is that people who -- partial attention.
They develop partial distraction.
And you know what how many -- even gotten somebody they've been on their device and then they say you.
Would you say.
He thought have been updated kitchen yet -- like he's back in the day it's just like back in the -- Iran's try to talk to the -- in their front of the TV and they say wet hot.
Right yes I didn't think he's that much that's all the time we have on this Friday morning did not want it again is called hunt.
And we will check back in with you in to see what what new things you have forces technology comes along thank you so much -- you go.
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