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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How to Conquer Technology Fatigue

In an effort to help my company Integral stay relevant and top of mind as well as helping people solve technical issues with their devices, I spend a lot of time on tech gadgets. It seems I always have some sort of device in my hand and in front of my face as I post on social media or send out emails. When I work out, there's my Apple watch alerting me to how many miles I've walked or rode my bike. Then there are the Airpods that I use to relax as I listen to music to calm the chaos. Even my national and international TV interviews require that I'm on Zoom calls. I know you can relate to me when sometimes you feel enough is enough and you just want to take a break from all of the tech devices in your life. Even if you can't relate, there are many reasons why you should detox every now and then. Check out why you should back away from tech .... at least for a little bit.

Even though you may think technology may make you more productive, it can make you less productive as the stress and the damage to your attention span can negatively impact all aspects of your life. Are you or your family experiencing the following: Headaches, backaches, eye strain, neck pain, stiff shoulder, joint pains, mental fatigue, depression, nightmares, panic, suffering insomnia, loss of temper, irritability, and frustration? It's a good possibility technology is to blame. When it comes to screen time, here are the recommended time limits. For Kids under the age of 2, no screen time at all. For kids 2 to 4 years old, over 1 hour of screen time per day. For Children 5-18 years old, parents should try to set limit their screen time to two hours or less per day. For adults, it's a little bit different. It's not about the screen time, it's about what you're doing on your devices. Spend three to four hours daily without any screens. Take a break every 20 minutes for eye health. Stop using screens at least an hour before bedtime for better sleep.