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is that it provides constant and
instant options when a child is
bored. “We know from the research
that it is good for children to
experience boredom because this
motivates creativity,” she says as
boredom inspires children to figure
out what they would enjoy. When
the solution to boredom is always
within reach, these children are
deprived of this basic developmental
learning process.
Work and Technology
For individuals whose work
is directly technology related,
Mankani says that it becomes even
more critical for them to take time
away from the ‘electronic world’
and enter what she calls the ‘earth
world’. “On a physical level, the use
of technology often exposes us to
radiation and ultraviolet rays so
it is important to give the body a
break,” she says as the constant use
of technology can imply a lack of
movement and therefore restricted
blood circulation which leads to less
blood and oxygen flowing to the
brain. This can result in lethargy,
fatigue and brain fog. For people
in technology focused jobs, she
adds that there is often restricted
social contact during the day which
is essentially face-to-face contact.
Mankani recommends at least two
hours of social interaction per day
with a friend or family member to
prevent social isolation.
Signs Your Technology Use is
Getting Out of Hand:
• The most obvious is less
conversation, not necessarily
less time together because many
families still spend all weekend
together but they are engaged in
independent activities.
• All activities are centered on some
form of technology.
• Withdrawal from electronic
devices, this can be really
debilitating for some people, much
like an addict. This can manifest as
anger or depression when access
to technology is withheld.
• Preoccupation with the use of
• Denial when one is using
technology more than the average
Steps to achieving a
technology free timeout:
1. The first step involves
acknowledging the need
for a timeout. This means
recognizing that there are
harmful effects associated
with the overuse of
2. Plan alternative activities
during your timeout, but
even if you can’t think of a
specific activity schedule
some time to be idle.
3. Announce your plans to
those around you so they
can be conscious of your
need for a timeout. This is a
critical part of the process,
without which you can get
drawn back to technology in
some form or another.
4. Lastly, acknowledge and
remind yourself of the
good that came from your
(Credit: Devika Singh Mankani)
Oct/Nov 2014