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6 Technology Addictions You Should Be Worried About (And How to Avoid Them)

6 Technology Addictions You Should Be Worried About (And How to Avoid Them)

Most of society believes that technology is fantastic. The new findings and creations are making life a lot easier for everyone and are even giving new hope to those with medical disadvantages. But there is also great danger in technology. The biggest threat of technology is the addictions it has over you. Studies have shown that technology addictions have similar cravings as the cravings of drug addicts. You can get addicted to certain content in the same way you get addicted to alcohol and unlike alcohol or drugs, there are no laws or rules to keep you, or young kids, from wasting your life away on these techno-addictions. Many people don’t realize they have these addictions and often times it goes unnoticed. Here are the top addictions you need to watch out for when it comes to technology.

1. Gambling addiction 

In the old days, you could easily avoid gambling addictions by simply avoiding certain places such as casinos, but now gambling is at your fingertips with just a few swipes on your smartphone screen. Even children can enjoy gambling games in the free apps section. This is making it a lot harder for people to overcome and treat gambling addictions and before you know it you are starting to sell home to afford your gambling addiction. Don’t gamble on your phone, if you really want to go and gamble, go to an actual casino or buy lottery tickets. Most people who become addicted to gambling are ones that are doing it from their computer/phone out of the convenience of your home. If that option was taken away from people, we would find a lot more people less addicted to gambling because they would have to leave their home in order to do it.

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2. TV addiction

TV addictions may not seem as dangerous, but it is actually deadly. So many people suffer from terrible obesity and heart conditions simply because they are spending all of their off-time in front of the TV. It’s hard to spot this type of addiction because you think you are only spending time in front of the TV because you are tired or intrigued by a certain show but you are actually slowly starting to get addicted and could soon be wasting your life away in front of a small square where you could have been making memories.

3. Gaming addiction

It’s not uncommon for gamers to spend all night or even all weekend in front of their computers with a captivating game. Gaming can also become a terrible addiction that doesn’t end with the finishing of a terrific game. If you feel like your children are starting to do this, set a time limit for them each day. By setting a time limit, you will be limiting the amount of time your child will spend in front of a video game and make them fill their time with other non-technology related activities.

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4. Internet addiction

The internet itself can be an addiction. People who are addicted to the net will browse popular sites for hours on end and constantly check their social media sites for new gossip or interesting facts. Browsing the net becomes such an addiction, it can actually affect your work and your social life. Even on your phone, you are constantly online checking your social media.

5. Shopping addiction

Shopping addictions were bad but now due to the availability of online shopping, it is far worse. With a shopping addiction, you are spending hours on end on the net seeking for pretty things to buy with money you don’t have and then you end up never using the items you bought. I know many people that can shop for hours on places such as Amazon in particular.

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6. Phone addiction

Spending time on your phone is also an addiction. You become so used to constantly checking your phone that you end up searching for something to do on your phone even when you run out of things to check or to do. May people nowadays even in a room full of people, will take to the internet on their phone instead of having actual conversations with the people around them.

Just because technology addictions aren’t as harmful to others as alcohol or drug addictions doesn’t mean they are less serious. If technology is getting in the way of life then it is time to treat your addiction seriously and seek professional help or you will end up living a life you never intended. A good tip to help is to try and stay offline and away from technology as much as possible. Go for walks, actually talk with people, go out and enjoy yourself instead of staying at home surfing online all night.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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