Smart phones have completely disrupted how we connect, function and sleep. Just track, as a family, how many hours you spend in a single day on any electronic device. Then multiply that by 365 days, and then by a decade, and decide, as a family, if that’s how you want to spend your lives. If you feel lost or distressed when separated from your phone or any electronic pacifier, or if the lure of technology interferes with your ability to function, professional help from a therapist skilled in technology addiction might be warranted.
My daughter once said, “Once at first you don’t exceed, try, try again.” This perfectly illustrates our insatiable culture. We excel at excess in diet, in spending, and in overuse of technology to the detriment of sleep, physical activity, productive work and healthy connections. Families can follow some simple strategies to digitally detox:
A healthy mental state is dependent on healthy sleep, healthy activity, healthy diet, and building and maintaining healthy relationships. Families that work collaboratively and proactivity have a much better shot at maintaining healthy mental states.
Susan S. Wilder, M.D.
CEO & Founder of LifeScape Medical Associates & LifeScape Premier
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