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

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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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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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