Technology has become an integral part of our lives. It aids our work, helps us plan, provides entertainment and connects us with others. On the other hand, it also makes us less productive, anxious, reduces our self-esteem and highjacks our brain so we become constantly checking smartphone zombies, high on notifications and suffering from phantom vibrations and chronic lurking syndrome.
I was recently interviewed by Robyn Norwood at Chapman University on how to best cope with the online world in the recent weeks since the election and inauguration and thought I'd share the content here. Enjoy:
Whereas some of us dread the holiday seasons because of too much family time, others are looking forward to it. Regardless, we tend to be still very busy during the holiday time. And sometimes, we make ourselves busy because we don’t know what to do with the sudden “downtime” we have over the holidays. That in of itself is a symptom of the digital age in which we live in.
With the release of the new Apple Iphone7 and IOS10 not long ago, I thought it is time for a short commentary on how this new device and software may rewire happiness.
Here are 3 ways the IPhone7 can contribute to your well-being:
1. Fostering Healthy Sleep
Can Pokemon Go Increase Well-Being?
In lieu of this weeks’ Independence Day I contemplated about the role that independence plays for our interactions with technologies and I came to the conclusion that it is a double-edged sword.
I don’t think I can remember a time when I had that many goose pumps as I had last week. And no, it was not because I was cold. It was a result of sitting in the car for, what ended up being, about 25 hours. Well, sort of.
Sherry Turkle, a well known MIT professor and Author of Alone Together and Reclaiming Conversation has repeatedly stressed the detrimental effects of technology for how we related to one another, with the easy and constant connectivity of our technologies providing us with a false sense of intimacy.
Drama, drama, and more drama. We get caught up in it constantly and I don’t mean REAL drama but the drama in our heads! Just last week I went apartment hunting in CA and got really frustrated because I did not find anything. After all it was my goal to find an apartment in the 3 days I was there and when I have a goal I want to reach it! Well, this was apparently not meant to be (which later turned out to be great, actually, as always...) but I could not let go of it.
Did you ever notice that when you are having a good day and you feel calm, balanced and peaceful, that your immediate family and friends have a good day too? Research shows that happiness trickles up to three degrees removed. So not only do you make your friend happier when you feel good, but also your friends’ friends’ friends!