The Three Ms of Engaging with Technology
When it comes to technology use, you must be proactive and collaborative, especially within the family.
Consider that today’s children have never known a world without cell phones and computers, which is why elders must model good behavior when it comes to the use of technology.
Jocelyn Brewer, a psychologist who specialises in digital nutrition, discusses the three M’s approach to using technology, which applies to people of all ages.
- We should be mindful
- It should be meaningful
- We should moderate our time and moderate our content
This approach is particularly effective in today’s highly technological environment. Rather than expecting people to simply detox and disconnect from technology, it is more realistic to learn how we must consume media and information deliberately, mindfully and in moderation.
What Effect Does Technology Have on Our Sleep?
- Our melatonin production, which is a critical driver of our sleep, is influenced by blue light from media devices and LED lighting
- Bedrooms are for sleeping and intimacy, thus people must unplug from any technology for these two things to happen
- When you start using technology in bed your brain becomes busy, making it more difficult to sleep. This is no time to connect with the outside world… it’s time to connect with your pillow
- It is critical to keep electromagnetic radiation away from our beds at night, so that we can regenerate, rebuild, and reboot both physically and mentally
Your holistic health team at SHDC believe excellent sleep hygiene and prioritising sleep are essential for overall health and performance.
How to Break Bad Habits of Using Technology?
Around 70 to 80 percent of individuals worldwide have developed the habit of checking emails and social media first thing in the morning, and many have wondered how they might stop this behavior.
Your SHDC team recommends seeking answers to this and other related questions by reading these excellent books by bestselling author Nir Eyal*:
• Hooked – How to Build Habit-forming Products and
• Indistractible –How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
These books inform people about what goes into media products to keep us hooked and how they push us to establish certain values to be impervious to technology by:
- Defining what is important to you as an individual, such as how regularly you want to exercise, what you want to eat, or how much sleep you get.
- Focussing on your relationships
- Breaking your day into smaller chunks in a more organised manner to approach work
We need to learn to use technology in a balanced and healthy way in our modern world because it’s not going away any time soon.
*Dr Ron Ehrlich interviewed Nir Eyal on his podcast, Unstress.