Technology is one of the greatest things, and it is one of the worst things. 

It is great when we control technology. It is bad when technology controls us. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am as guilty as you are. Social Media helps me to stay connected with my European friends and my family, and I always respond to my clients as soon as I can.

It is difficult to stay focused in a world that demands constant availability through emails, texting, what’sapp and social media. People expect an immediate response and our attention is pulled in 100 different directions. Does it really have to be that way? 

Sound familiar?

There is a phone application for almost everything and this is just one more reason, which makes it difficult to stay off the phone for more than 1 hour. I don’t even want to talk about gaming, and the overwhelming need to take and post pictures.

Technology addiction — sometimes called Internet addiction, Internet use disorder (IUD) or Internet addiction disorder (IAD) — is a fairly new phenomenon. It’s often described as a serious problem involving the inability to control use of various kinds of technology, in particular the Internet, smartphones, tablets and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (quoted from

I was shocked when I watched this: 

20/20 ABC – Digital Addiction Video

I see people coming to my workshops and more often than not they have a difficult time to stay off their phone. This is when constant availability becomes a “turn-off” and it definitely takes a toll on productivity. 

I hope that one day in the near future

  • technology addiction is recognized as a real problem – in our personal and in our professional life, for adults as well as for our children. 
  • people will start talking to each other again instead of starring at their phone.
  • mindful behaviour will help us to control technology. 

There a real and wonderful world out there, which is worth exploring. Let’s be mindful how much time we spend on the phone. 

Happy Monday!

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