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Take Care with PC and IPad Use

Sometimes Tech-Life can impose Artificial Values in Life
when it comes to Lifestyle. Don't find yourself missing out on LIFE.....Hey?

TV is noted for that. The Net involves your participation, so the
addiction can be even more powerful to the point of crippling.

The use of  IPads can be very addictive....sometimes even more than a Computer or Laptop.
Misuse or Overuse of one of the above mentioned can end up stressing you or your family out
when you find yourself addicted:

You can't stay away from it
You find yourself unable to moderate the use of it.
They interest you more than other things.
You find yourself restless when they are not in use.
You begin to loose interest in other activities.
Previous interests become boring or you loose motivation.
Your way of thinking starts to change because you are used to Tech-Mode.
You often spend much more time online than intended.
You make yourself promises only to break them.
You find it difficult to engage in other things - but you must.
Your social life and personal relationships change.
The way you communicate starts to alter.
Your nutrition and  sleep can be affected.
You start neglecting responsibilities.
Your Quality of Life suffers.

Seek to regain normalcy. Whatever you need to do, give yourself to it before things
get worse. And if they are already, it is vitally important to seek professional help or support
for your endeavors to break the force and gravity of this crippling tyrant.
I say tyrant because everything else can and does suffer when the use of
PCs and Laptops get out of hand. IPads especially because they're usually always accessible.

I recommend setting yourself a limited amount of time per session with a Timer,
Alarm on Mobile or Software Program  that is designed to protect your eyes.

Computers and Laptops can keep you restricted to indoors and cause you to lack
good healthy exercise, sunshine and fresh-air.

That is the very environment that can set you up for depression, insomnia or anxiety
due to excessive sedentary time indoors can be unhealthy for you.

And just like the excessive use of Mobiles and IPhones, IPads can hinder you from engaging
in life around you when you are out somewhere.

Make a conscious effort to engage in life around you and real people - not text so much.

Give yourself at-least 3 things to do apart from online interests.

PCs and IPads can be so counter-productive. Make the 1st call on your time/energy
and make sure you are being productive in at-least one area - even if you are involved
in something productive online.

Excessive use of PC and IPads can even cause you to loose interest
in sleep and mealtimes or communicating with someone you previously enjoyed the company of.
Please be aware!

Try to find other things you Enjoy that interest you to counter-balance your time/times online.

You will be glad you did! Your life will be fulfilling and take on more purpose.

Because when PC and IPad addictions are not checked and allowed to run rampant
there are always Areas of Our Life that are unfulfilled.

Give yourself the discipline and luxury of having time-out by saying to yourself "I will do
more of this before I do that" or maybe do something else as well beforehand.

Make up your mind that you are going to accomplish something each day that
is not Net related. This is a deliberate choice you must follow through
so you can feel good at the end of the day!

Maybe you will discover that you like doing other things again?

You can actually end up exasperated at the amount of time you are using unproductively
or at the amount of unproductiveness you have in other areas....

Life becomes frustrating and stressful for you.

Maybe the Net has been an escape for you - if taken too far
you can long to escape from that.

If the Net is having  less and less of a pull on you, you are getting somewhere.
If not and the pull is just as strong after a few weeks of genuine efforts, you really do
need professional assistance of some kind.

Either way, it is a gradual process, so be patient with yourself.

Practice makes perfect and life can take on new meaning.


I UNDERSTAND BECAUSE SOME OF THIS HAPPENED TO ME WITH 6 WEBSITES
TO RUN - I CERTAINLY DID NOT START OUT WITH AN ADDICTION BUT THE THOUGHT
OCCURRED TO ME RECENTLY AND I GAVE IT SOME RESEARCH.

SINCE I ENJOY MAKING WEBSITES VERY MUCH, I FIND THE NEED TO MONITOR THAT NOW,
SO IT DOES NOT GAIN GROUND. I'VE SEEN THE BENEFIT IN CRAFT CARDS. WALKS IN THE PARK
AND GROWING A FEW PLANTS. SEE WHAT MAKES YOU TICK - MAYBE PAINTING OR CRAFTS OF SOME KIND; VISITS TO THE LIBRARY OR GARDEN NURSERIES TO STIMULATE YOUR INTEREST IN NATURE.
YOU MAY ENJOY TAKING A COOKING COURSE OR MAKING RECIPES AT HOME?

"LIFE BE IN IT!"

I BECAME CONCERNED WHEN PART OF ME STARTED TO TICK DIFFERENTLY.
CERTAIN INSIGHTS I HAD AND WHAT I FELT TO DO HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED ON 2 WEBSITES.
I HOPE THE ABOVE ADVICE HELPS YOU.

Janet Vargas  © Jan 2015


How do they Effect our Brain?

Maybe the Internet won't exactly fry your brain, but it could change it in other unwelcome ways. A new study found a correlation between Internet addiction and specific brain changes often observed in alcoholics and drug addicts. There was evidence of disruption to the connections in the nerve fibers that connect brain areas involved in emotions, decision making and self-control.



Does Technology Cause Us to Procrastinate and Lose Focus?

What are the effects of technology’s over-stimulation? Does it affect our cognitive abilities?
A recent CNN article says yes.

Adam Gazzaley, professor of neurology at the University of California, explains that technology has
grown so fast that it challenges “our cognitive control system at its very core. “
He explains that cognitive control is our ability to focus on accomplishing a task in the context of competing demands. Essentially, the more demands, the more difficult it is to focus.


According to Gazzaley, our brains are very sensitive to external interference by both
irrelevant distractions and multitasking.
Gazzaley suggests we take a careful approach to our interactions with technology.
If something requires high-quality attention, we need to reduce distractions and put ourselves
in focus mode. Turn off your notifications, shut off that phone, and use the internet only for necessary resources.
On top of using our techno-gadgets less, a recent article in Time suggests meditation might help you focus.Meditation generally involves sitting and carefully following your breath, or focusing on a mantra. Many people today find it extremely difficult to just sit and breathe—no doubt because of our rapid day to day pace. With meditation, you learn to slow your mind, let the cars pass you on the highway, and ignore the techno-burdens.

When you lack the ability to focus, it affects your ability to listen and understand others, and also affects your memory, especially for those with neurological or psychiatric conditions such as ADHD or Alzheimer’s.


It seems to me that procrastination and the inability to focus are inexorably tied. I find that I procrastinate when I’m bored, but my boredom can likely be traced to an inability to continue focusing on the project, and that lack of focus is exacerbated by all the distractions I have around me. Since we interact with so much constant stimuli, it becomes tough to focus on any one thing for too long—a common complaint of my professors in college whose students couldn’t focus in class, or on their text book assignments at home. It also appears to be a growing problem for younger generations whose first book might be a touch pad.


A much better technique is to focus wholly on the task at hand, get it done with no distractions from other projects,  or technology, and move on to the next one—even in writing this piece I stopped several times to check email, switch songs, and even type a few lines into another project. Most of us experience occasional lapses in focus, but we can work towards being more focused, stopping procrastination, and getting things done.