Technology and You: Healthy Technology Habits

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On this blog, we have tried to make it easier for you to use technology. From good browser practices to wireless security, all of our topics have been to increase your ease of use with technology. However, we will be broaching another equally important technology topic that is oft ignored. Today we will be learning how to create healthy technology habits.

Hostile Design

Before we solve the problem, we need to know its roots. Many apps on our phones are designed in an addictive manner. From the endless scrolling of Facebook to the red notification bubbles letting us know we have messages, these design choice are purposeful to keep the user engaged with their devices.  The more engagement a user has with their device, the more ads they will see, thus more revenue for the app creator. Even knowing this is often not enough; the best way to visualize this is to…

Track your usage

Tracking your screen time will help you better understand how and where you are spending your screen time. There are multiple ways to track your app usage on both Android and iOS. Some Android devices have the Digital Wellbeing setting in the settings menu, which will give you an overview of how you are using your apps. The Quality Time app will track app usage on Android devices. Moment is an app on the App store that will help you track your usage on iPhones and other Apple devices. With this data, you can better learn to…

Limit Your Screen Time

It is often advantageous to limit your screen time. Prolonged use of digital displays can lead to eyestrain, myopia, and other there are many ways to limit your screen time. Make a block of time and turn you phone on silent. Use a timer to remind yourself how long you have been using your phone. The previously mentioned Digital Wellbeing setting on Android devices can set hard time limits for app usage.  I hope that with these tools and methods, you can better…

Set Your Limits

Remember that in the end, you have the power. You need to be aware of how much you are using your devices and limit yourself to a healthy amount of screen time. The draw of digital devices and social media can be strong, but there is life outside of our virtual worlds.

Here are a few selections from our collection to help you on your way to a better digital wellbeing:

Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security and the Internet by Edward Lucas

Protecting Your Children Online: What You Need to Know About Online Threats to Your Children by Kimberly Ann McCabe

Online Danger: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Evil Side of the Internet by Dr. Eric Cole.

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