Did You Check My Latest Status Update? Why Not!?

There’s no doubt in my mind that I love technology. At times I feel like I can’t get enough. If I step away from technology for too long I find that I don’t actually know what to do for entertainment or how to relax.

Have you ever left your house without your smartphone and it feels as if you just walked outside without pants on? Okay, I’m reliving that nightmare as I type this.

I sure wish I new what you were up to. I haven’t gotten a status update in like uh, thirty minutes. I think I need to do a hard reset on my phone. It’s not blinking or making any noise and I know I set up all of the notifications just the way I like them and now they don’t seem to be coming through. There’s no way I don’t have an email, text, or Tweet I need to follow up on.

I’ve got way too much to do and not enough time to do it. I am seriously not going to be able to…Oh, what!? Did you see that squirrel on YouTube that chased that dog up a tree? That had to be some kind of camera trick.

In all sincerity there may be a chance that many of us are addicted to technology.

As per Wikipedia:

Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.

Addiction to technology is mentioned, and it goes in to further elaborate on the response as:

Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its “normal” functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects.

Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

So, does any of this sound familiar, and what steps have you taken to “unplug” every now and again? Remember, it’s a lifestyle that you’ve likely adopted over many years, so the change will likely have to occur in phases.

I’ve decided that instead of checking Facebook to see what you’re up to I’ll swing by your place and we can have a nice chat.


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  1. elizabeth scala on March 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Love it. This is why I got rid of my smart phone. Total addiction. And get this, now when people hear I don’t have a cell phone their jaws drop. I was in a meeting the other day and my boss literally was like “You don’t have a phone calendar; how do you survive?” I think she thought I was joking. No, I don’t have a smart phone. I’m not kidding. And I love it. Oh and PS: people who call/text me and can’t get a hold of me say, “You NEVER have your phone on you.” You know what- they’re dead right. I don’t. I want to enjoy the people, places and experiences I am having. I purposefully leave my cell at home when I go do things with friends. I am with the people I am to be with in that moment. I can check what you are up to later. :- )

  2. innovativenurse on March 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    elizabeth scala  Wow Elizabeth, that is one heck of a commitment on your part. That “quick” text or email can really pull us in and away from those that are right there in our presence that we should be engaging with at that moment.

  3. the yoga nurse on March 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Yep! Am totally with you on this post. I unplug when I’m on holiday for the most part. Thing is to put those holidays into my daily life. Like only checking stuff 2 x per day vs……untold numbers of times. Love the definitions too! Good thoughts over all, Thanks!!!

  4. selfemployedMSN on March 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Great video! Enjoyed your time saving strategies, because who does’t need more time? I love your point about being present in the moment with people are in front of you. Sometimes I have a real problem with this as I get so zoned and dislike interruptions. I am working on it!

  5. d5wbolus on March 16, 2014 at 4:52 am

    I’ve been researching better time management skills my self.  I came across some information about “Not” checking email first thing in the morning or the last thing at night.  The former scrambles your priorities and plans for the day, and the latter just gives you insomnia. E-mail can wait until 10am, after you’ve completed at least one of your critical to-do items.  Maybe this explains my insomnia?  Thanks for the post Kevin!

  6. innovativenurse on March 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    d5wbolus  I refuse to make checking emails my first task of the day. There are those few cases where an email comes in that could really set the tone for the day, and that tone may not be what one needs first thing in the morning. Again, e-mail is “mail.” I’m not saying that it lacks importance, but priority always goes to a phone call for me.

  7. innovativenurse on March 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    selfemployedMSN  Glad to hear you’re working on it. Being present with the person right in front of me is definitely something I live by.

  8. innovativenurse on March 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    the yoga nurse  I like the idea of putting a holiday into your daily life. And, scheduling a couple of times a day to really devote to social media platforms, email, etc. can certainly make your utilization much more streamlined.

  9. TheNerdyNurse on March 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I love my technology. It helps me and hinders me. But quite honestly without the distraction I would grow painfully bored and be 10x less productive.

    I think this may just be the addiction speaking, however.

    Fantastic post and video. I so want to do more video. 🙂

  10. innovativenurse on March 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    TheNerdyNurse  You should definitely get into video. It’s an amazing platform that certainly helps you connect with your community on a much higher level. Would love to see you out “here” on the Tube.

  11. katykatz on March 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Great post! There are so many ways that technology can be used to benefit the healthcare industry if it’s used well. But the battle of moderation can come in many forms. The internet and social media aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so the more we can do to prepare ourselves for using it to help us and not just distract us, the better! Great tips!

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  13. WorldNursingJob on September 26, 2014 at 1:24 am

    “I’ve decided that instead of checking Facebook to see what you’re up to I’ll swing by your place and we can have a nice chat.”  – Now that should be the way! Its good to have human interaction. Awesome video btw.

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