Digital detox: Curbing device addiction

Tech companies have for a long time been challenged to provide a workable plan that will lessen tech addiction.

In response, popular apps like Facebook and Instagram came up with self-monitoring metrics that let you know the amount of time you are spending on their platforms.

While these additions were widely forecast to get people to cut down on their usage of smartphones, they didn’t.

The tech community then devised social controls to manage smartphone addictions.


In a survey conducted by Mojo Survey, an Augmented Reality company, most respondents said they periodically moderate their screen time or cut devices from their lives.

But 54 percent said cutting back on technology, particularly smartphones and other personal devices, didn’t lead to them spending less time on their devices, or they were unsure if it had that effect.

Poor relations

Thirty-one percent of people are concerned tech has negatively affected our ability to connect with each other, according to Mojo Vision’s survey.

The top three concerns people cited regarding extensive use of devices include that it hurts the quality of interactions (65 percent), it keeps us from being present (63 percent) and it keeps people from interacting with one another (62 percent).

Sixty-five percent of respondents said consumer technology has become intrusive, and they’re concerned it’ll play a more dominant role in our lives, according to the survey. In addition, three-fourths of people say social media is to blame for excessive time spent on phones or devices.

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