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Ways to fixing the adverse effect of technology (mobile devices) on our relationships

Unarguably, technology has affected relationships adversely and those who were not patient enough to figure things out have had to end their relationships.

It would also interest you to know that asides romantic relationships, technology has affected relationships between family members, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and the likes. To fix this mess, it is crucial to strike a balance between using technology and maintaining our relationships.

Below are ways to fix the negative effects of technology

Effective Communication

No one likes discussing with someone whose mind is not in the conversation. When you are having interactions with people, it is vital to put away distractions for that moment. Discussions cannot last forever and what you are doing on your devices can wait except if it is very urgent.

In that case, you can take permission from the person you are discussing to either postpone the discussion or give you some minutes to complete your task.

Setting priorities with technology use

If you discover that your partner or friends always complain about how you use the internet or your phone in general, it is necessary not to ignore these complaints. You should not overlook this because if everyone is complaining about the same thing, then you need to make corrections.

To help yourself, you can set a strict schedule for yourself when you attend to other tasks without the intrusion of technology use. This would help you to be productive in other areas of your life.

Prioritize talking time with your romantic partner

If you are physically or virtually present with your partner, you need to show them enough respect by limiting your technology use for that moment. Your partner needs to know that you value them enough to hold conversations without being distracted by any external factor.

One of the ways to prevent conflicts in relationships is to avoid doing things that are conventionally not right. Using technology the right way averts relationship issues.

How technology affected our relationships

Technology has affected all aspects of our lives positively and negatively. For our relationships, there are positive and negative effects that technology has on it. The fact is, there is no definite answer as to if technology has affected our relationships positively or negatively because there are two sides to it.  

Positive effects of technology on relationships

Better offline interaction

As against the conventional saying that technology destroys offline interaction, it has made communication easier for several people. These days, people become close pals online before they meet offline, and it helps foster a better communication because they have interacted quite intimately online.

Better relationships

Good online activity and interaction breeds better relationships. People discuss all sorts of things like education, marital lives, views on recent happenings and others. Hence, it is easy to find people who have similar interests as yours. And when you meet in realty, it becomes easier to bond than before.

Keeps communication with old friends alive

If you have lost contact with some old friends, you can link up with them online. All you need do is search them out with their names, or contact them through mutual friends.

Negative effects of technology on relationships

Decline in intimacy

Intimate relationships come with their difficulties and with the change in technologies, it can infuse more strain in modern relationships. Sometimes, the way individuals use technology can cause problems between them and their partners, which causes conflict in the relationship.

Distraction

If one is not careful, you will discover that technology can distract you in essential aspects of your life, with relationship not being an exception. Some partners often complain of the way their partners use their devices when they are around them. It is even worse for people who are addicted because they would not know how to manage their attention.

Depression

Using the social media/technology for too long has been shown to adversely affect mental health. Dating a depressed partner for instance, can stress the relationship because it would be difficult to trace the source of the depression.

Five Danger Signs Of Tobacco Use

Some may have recently picked up the harmful habit – while others may be veterans of chewing. Either way, negative effects can take place in a short amount of time – or vice versa. That’s why it’s important to be on the lookout for certain warning signs – since the consequences can differ from person to person. In fact, no one body is the same – or reacts the same for that matter – but being mindful of the danger signs that come with this smokeless substance serves as a place to start. 

In turn, there are five being, “a sore in your mouth that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal, a lump or thickening anywhere in the mouth or neck, any soreness or swelling in your mouth that doesn’t go away, a red or white patch in your mouth that doesn’t go away; difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw.” Through these signs comes the danger of something more if the addict isn’t careful; that’s why consulting a medical professional is crucial because the person could be undergoing early stages of cancer. 

Not only that, but these signs shouldn’t be dismissed – or swept underneath the rug; as a result, it’s crucial that they aren’t ignored because of their severity. But even so, some people will try and bare through the pain that they feel – and/or disregard it. In fact, one dip of chewing tobacco – being left in a person’s mouth to sit – is the equivalent of smoking multiple cigarettes. The reasoning behind this is because of the insane amount of nicotine that chewing tobacco carries versus cigarettes; some may even engage in this pastime while scrolling through their phone because doing so can induce a large amount of anxiety and/or FOMO (fear of missing out).

Other drugs may not cause direct pain – right away at least – but this is where chewing tobacco differs; for one might not see what is taking place – within his/her liver – as he/she drinks. The same goes for those who use drugs because the damage might not be evident at first after the high is over. But with chewing tobacco, there is a direct pain on the mouth that’s unpleasant – making it hard to ignore. Yet, some still choose to do so – despite the signs – until what once seemed like a small issue, turns into a much bigger one. 

In conclusion, it’s important to always be on the lookout for warning signs in those close to you – and even in yourself, if you struggle to overcome addiction. In doing so, you can seek help before it’s too late – but if not, you could risk developing lifelong health issues. Although withdrawal symptoms may cause discomfort – the end result will be well worth when you find yourself drug-free.

Technology & The Inevitable

iPhone, android, tablet, laptop, television, along with several other forms of technology tend to infiltrate our modern day world, as millions put them to use. But, while these particular individuals spend much of their time consumed by such, others prefer a more simple approach. For, there are some who may find themselves purposefully avoiding the technology that surrounds them, but for others these many devices may pose as inevitable. In turn, several factors play a key role in a user’s rate of consumption, the main ones being career and education.

First and foremost is career, which holds a broad range of positions, depending on the person’s area of expertise-and/or their field of interest. It is with such that these individuals may be exposed to technology at high, low, and/or moderate levels. In turn, some may not have a choice in the matter because they are subject to technology through business meetings and interviews-which may take place through conference and/or video call. It is through such that they have limited access interacting with the person face to face, but are instead only able to see them through a small pixelated square.

Second is education in which college students are thrown into an abundant amount of technology whether it be through having to do research-and/or surf the web-for information, and/or in order to enroll in online classes. Not only that, but oftentimes these individuals don’t even have to be registered online to still need access to the internet. For, many sources of information for them may come from their school website-such as; grades, homework, financial aid information, account balance, registration, and/or even meal plans/living arrangements. It is with all of these that students are placed in a position where they are forced to have access to the internet, whether it be through their school library, or via their laptop/desktop at home.

In conclusion, one must be careful when they are placed in an environment-and/or situation-in which there is very little use of pen and paper, and instead an excessive amount of use of the internet-along with other technological devices. It is through such that one who has made very little use of media platforms-and/or outlets-in the past, can suddenly find themselves fully consumed by it outside of their place of business, and/or school. That’s why it is of extreme importance that one takes the time out to engage and/or interact with other people and things outside of the technology realm, so that they are developing themselves within the real world, rather than behind a screen.