Do our devices threaten the
quality of our lives?

In the midst of rapid technological developments, human life is filled with gadgets. As we look around, often we see everyone from kids to adults grasping their devices, especially smartphones. Take a photograph, watch a video, read news or exchange messages. All are focusing on smartphones — everything from trivial affairs to the most important.

In fact, we have not been able to avoid the attack on our lives from those devices. Because eventually, the devices influence the activities of our lives (which is all part of the development of technology). And it must be anticipated that when we’re too absorbed with devices, we sometimes ignore the things around us. As a result, it is not uncommon for our health and personalities to suffer.

As was the case at the beginning of 2018. Two students in Bondowoso, East Java experienced psychiatric disorders because of an addiction to their devices, which required that they be rehabilitated. A psychiatric specialist stated that the level of addiction of both was already very severe. One of them would even bang his head into a wall if his parents did not allow him to use the device. The cause of their addiction was that so many of their daily tasks required the use of those devices.

It is important to note that the use of devices for children does require a parental role. For example, nowadays we often see toddlers already familiar with devices. Usually they are given a device to watch cartoon videos. What if their parents do not allow them to watch? The child will whine. If parents always obey the child, they are unsure whether the child will develop a dependency. Addiction to devices prior to entering school can have very bad effects on children — likely becoming lazy with school, or experiencing a decline in achievement. This is where the role of the parents is required.

The use of devices should be allowed, but restricted. For children under 12 years old, use of the devices should be limited to 1 hour a day. For adults, perhaps 4 hours a day. It’s a different matter, of course, if we use devices for business.

Forget the device for a moment, and make time for other things. Interacting with family and friends, or enjoying the fresh air can relax the mind — more than focusing at the screen of a smartphone.



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