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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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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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