Have you ever unconsciously ignored your child’s demands for attention because you were engrossed by something on your phone?
Or felt like you weren’t really present because you were reacting to multiple interruptions from emails or texts?
This is now commonly referred to as “technoference” by social scientists, and its negative effects are becoming more apparent with each new study.
But before you beat yourself up, we’re not here to judge.
Instead, we want to open up a new conversation about why managing parents’ screen time is just as important as managing kids’ screen time. And then help you break the smartphone addiction.
Not only because it sets a good example, but because appropriate technology use by parents can keep kids safer, improve their cognitive development, build a stronger bond, and reduce misbehavior.
Let’s begin by explaining some of the dangers and then dive into exactly what you can do as a parent. Continue reading The Troubling Effects of Parents’ Screen Use on Children – And What To Do About It
The concept of mindful technology is edging its way into the mainstream as more and more people want to break free of unhealthy digital habits.
Pete Dunlap, Founder of Digital Detangler, is poised to help with this uniquely modern problem. He empowers individuals, schools, and businesses to transform their digital environments for greater well-being.
Robert Plotkin recently interviewed Pete on the Technology for Mindfulness podcast to learn how he became the Digital Detangler and what individuals can do to take control of their own technology use.
Continue reading How to Manage Your Digital Environment – 6 Practical Ideas from Pete Dunlap
You might think mindfulness at work is impossible these days. With constant connectivity comes constant interruptions, right?
But it doesnâ€™t have to be that way.
Many of us never stop to consider that we can control our notifications, settings, and reminders.
Sure, you might change a few things when you get a new phone or download an app. But when was the last time you thought critically about whether theyâ€™re really working for you?
In this post, we’llÂ talk about how you can create a work environment thatâ€™s conducive to mindfulness.Â That includes easy tips, smart tools, and helpful resources to move you from frazzled to calm.
Your coworkers will be asking for your secret, so be sure to share!
Continue reading How to Manage Your Technology Notifications for a Mindful Workday
Finding yourself consistently distracted by your Smartphone? In this 1 hour workshop, join Robert Plotkin, founder of Technology For Mindfulness and get the tools you need to gain back control in 2019. Click here
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On this blog, weâ€™ve shared many tips on the following topics:
- How to use technology more mindfully.
- How to exercise more control over how and when you use technology in order to be more productive, focused, and creative.
- How to enable your use of technology to be more aligned with your intentions and goals.
This article is about what to do when none of the suggestions seem to work.
Continue reading Practice “Not Even One”
Youâ€™re about to start cooking dinner when you have a question about the recipeâ€¦ what can you substitute for tarragon? So you pull out your phone to type your question into Google. But what happens first? You see a new text message, notifications from 3 different appsâ€¦ By the time youâ€™ve finished checking everything out youâ€™ve completely forgotten why you originally grabbed your phone in the first place.
Does that sound like something thatâ€™s happened to you? Itâ€™s probably happened to most of us!
Continue reading Addicted to Your Phone? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions When You Reach For Your Smartphone
Distraction isnâ€™t something new, throughout history humans have always been faced with distraction, but today it seems as though distraction has become a bigger issue. But why is that? A large part of it is due to technology, something thatâ€™s supposed to make our lives easierâ€”and often times succeedsâ€”also has the ability to make life harder by being such a huge distractor in our everyday lives.
When a notification pops up on your phone (a feature thatâ€™s supposed to be helpful) while youâ€™re in the middle of an important task, or even in the middle of a family dinner, do you check it? If youâ€™re like most people, then the answer is probably yes, even if for just a moment.
Continue reading Digital Distraction is Changing Our Ever-Evolving Minds
JudsonÂ Brewer, MD PhD, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness, will be giving a presentation at MIT on Friday April 17, from 12pm-1pm in Room 66-144 on how mindfulness can help break us out of addictive patterns in connection with Internet use. Â See full details below. Â Sponsored by MIT Radius.
Continue reading Why is Facebook like Crack? How technology sucks us in and how mindfulness can help us step out