3 Myths about technology addiction

July 10, 2018

We live in an age in which technology is so connected to our everyday lives that it’s difficult to imagine being without a mobile phone or a connection to the internet.

With so much at our fingertips, barely requiring any effort, it’s easy to get lost in the convenience of it all. While some have expressed concern over people spending more and more time on their devices, is this really a problem, or even worse, an addiction?

Here are four myths about “technology addiction”:

1. Technology is a drug

Those concerned about addictive behaviours claim that using technology for long periods has the same effect on the brain as using drugs. The ‘pleasure centres’ of the brain release hormones whenever we do something we enjoy like reading a good book, appreciating a deep conversation, or eating a favourite food.

Studies have shown that using technology releases the same amount of this hormone as when you appreciate any enjoyable everyday activity.

Narcotics release much higher levels of this hormone, which busts the idea that technology is a drug.

2. Technology leads to social isolation

While spending a lot of time on social media might seem antisocial, you’re still talking to people, and creating opportunities to be sociable.

One of the reasons technology was created was to fill the gaps in our lives, and in this instance, it allows you to communicate with your friends when you are unable to in person.

3. Repeated exposure to technology causes addiction

Those that view technology as addictive assume this because of how it grabs our attention and mesmerises our brains.

This assumption does not take into account that what may appear as “technology addiction” might actually be a symptom of another issue, such as anxiety, depression or attention-span problems.

For example, it isn’t assumed that depressed people who lay in bed all day have a “bed addiction”.

As with most things in life, moderation is key.