Technology is amazing, and it’s become a complete necessity in today’s world. I don’t know what I’d do without my gadgets since I’ve been relying on them for so long, and I really don’t want to find out. I freak out if my phone dips below 20% battery because I’m afraid it will die. From a safety perspective, I rely heavily on my phone just in case something happens (which is something I wish I didn’t have to think about). But I also am constantly checking emails, writing and doing other things from my phone. I keep to-do lists and calendars on there. It’s my lifeline.
I realize it’s not good to be so dependent on technology because it fails. What are you supposed to do if your phone or tablet or computer fails you? I started keeping a written date-book last week like I did back in the day just in case something goes wrong with my phone. I’m doing my best to not be so reliant on my devices because it’s not healthy, and I don’t want to have to count on something that could just stop working for no reason.
I’m encouraging you to do the same and break these 10 bad tech habits:
Sleeping Next To Your Phone
Most of you probably use your phone as your alarm clock, right? Me too. I haven't had an independent alarm clock since I was in high school. Sleeping next to your phone can mess up your sleeping pattern and actually lead to a more disrupted sleep. You might be sleep texting without even knowing it. Your phone beeping in the middle of the night is powerful enough to wake you up without you actually being fully coherent. Pretty scary. Do your best to keep your phone away while you sleep. Putting your phone on the opposite side of the room is better too so you have to get out of bed in order to shut your alarm off.
Not Cleaning Your Cell Phone
Think about how many things you touch in a day without constantly washing your hands. Okay, now think about how often you touch your phone after touching said things. Now think about how much you're holding your phone to your face after touching all the things and not washing your hands. Are you grossed out yet? You should be. Your phone is more than likely the most disgusting object you're toting around. You can actually get sick from your phone because it carries so many germs, not to mention it's probably causing you to break out.
Using Your Phone At The Table
This is by far the most annoying thing about technology these days. Every time I go out to eat with my friends, someone is on the phone. Sometimes it's me, I'll admit it! But usually it's only if I have work-related stuff to attend to or if I'm expecting a call. If you're out to a meal with your friends, family or you're on a date, do yourself and everyone else a favor and actually be present in the moment instead of being on the phone.
Not Powering Down
My computer freaked out on me last night, and then I remembered that I hadn't shut it off in like a week. You need to sleep every night to recharge, and your devices need to power down as well. Don't just put them in sleep mode. Turn them off for a bit to give them a rest.
Using The Same Passwords
Guilty. I changed all of my passwords after that big Heartbleed password hack. You might think that using the same passwords is better because you only have to remember one or two PWs for a bunch of accounts. In reality, it's actually super dangerous. If you use the same password and someone figures it out, they've just gained access to ALL of your accounts. Use different passwords for different accounts and try your best to change them every few months to keep your accounts safe.
Using Your Devices Before Bed
Sleeping next to your phone isn't good for you and neither is using your phone or other devices before bed. That kind of stimulation can make it more difficult for you to go to sleep. It's best to stay away from electronics at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Using Your Devices In The Bathroom
First of all, can I just say this is a little gross? Your phone is already covered in germs. Why would you bring it into the bathroom to cover it in more germs? Second, I cannot tell you how many people I know who have dropped their phones in the toilet. Why are you bringing your phone into the bathroom in the first place?! And for the love of all things holy, please don't answer your phone in the shower. (Talking to you, Mom.)
Staring At Your Computer All Day Without A Break
Everyone in our office is totally guilty of this tech crime. We are on the computer all day, and it's really hard to pry yourself away from the screen. But looking at a screen all day is NOT good for you. I have to consciously remind myself to get up from my desk, walk around and take a break. Looking at a screen for too long can cause a variety of eye and health problems. I know it's hard to step away from the computer, especially if you use one for work or school. Just remember to take a break and give yourself permission to stop staring into the light.
Taking Selfies Anywhere & Everywhere
I was running errands yesterday. I came out of a store and ran smack into a girl standing on the sidewalk taking a selfie. I wish I were kidding. No, this was not my fault for "not looking," this is her fault for stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to take a selfie in front of Anthropologie. I take selfies. I get it. However, be smart about it and don't endanger yourself or others in the quest of getting likes on Instagram.
Texting & Walking
I almost walked into oncoming traffic because I was more focused on a text instead of watching where I was going. That's not good. Last week I saw a man walk directly into a metal pole because he was texting and walking. Texting and driving is super dangerous and shouldn't be done. But texting and walking is dangerous too. Just stop.
Do you do any of the above? What other bad tech habits do you think you need to break? Tell us in the comments!