7 Useful Ways to Use Technology with Purpose

With so much going on during these trying times, there has been an increase demand for our attention; virtual meetings, yoga classes, Zoom calls, and webinars are all at a heightened levels.

There’s no wonder we are experiencing increased state of anxiety, depression, and overwhelming feelings. Everyone wonder when will this quarantine be over.

As we adjust to this new “normal,” it’s important to address healthy interactions with our electronic devices. Instead of allowing these virtual experiences to fill up our calendars to take up space for where there once was a meeting or brunch, we could consider using this time to use technology with purpose.

Studies have shown that 96% of Americans own a personal device and of those who do own a personal handheld device 84% admit to being addicted to their phone.

Cell phone addiction is so real, Catherine Price wrote a book on “How to Break Up With Your Phone.”

As the days of the quarantine increase, begin to examine your desire to feel connected with anything (or anyone) outside of yourself.

In this video from 2016 with Simon Sinek, author of the book Start With Why, talking about our addiction to technology and how it is ruining our lives.

He says, “When significant stress shows up in our lives we turn to our devices and to social media, which offer temporary relief.”

The more time we spend engaging in the social space, the less time we have to spend being present in our non-digital world. It provides more time to engaging in meaningful, physical connections without the pressure to feel connected to the digital space.

Our addiction to our technology and social media has created a disconnection in our relationship dynamics. We are no longer focused on creating authentic, meaningful, long-lasting relationships, instead more attention is focused on likes, views, follows, and comments.

Social media has made it harder for us to communicate to one another on a soul-to-soul level and to gain understanding above all else.

“The biggest communication problem is that we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply.”

-Stephen R. Covey

Simon Sinek suggests that social media has negatively impacted the ways we communicate, engage, and connect with each other.

All of our attention has been drawn to receiving likes so much so that even when we are out to dinner, we spend more time on our phones than we do talking to each other, enjoying the meal, and having a real conversation.

Or worse, talking about other people’s lives like celebrities that we don’t know or have any real bond. Instead of using technology to ineffective, unproductive ways. We can find useful ways to improve our productivity, awareness, and wisdom. Though we cannot presently connect with each other due to social distancing, there are healthy, beneficial ways to use technology to empower us.

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7 Useful Ways to Use Technology with Purpose

  1. Research: How do you find out what you don’t know you don’t know? Research. You will never know what you don’t know if you don’t take the time to research. Become a lifelong student and learn something new.
  2. Practice: Implement the knowledge you are gaining from your areas of study. Broaden your scope of expertise and consider practicing the new knowledge you are gaining through your research. It is wise for students to be versatile in many languages and subjects. One can only learn through practice.
  3. Vibe: Using technology to listen to music is always a good thing. A good playlist is always a great vibe for the soul. We all have our go-to playlist when we want to get things done. Turn on your jams and zone out, but don’t get distractions and find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your social media pages while you listen to the jams. Stay focused and eliminate all distractions. This is a must.
  4. Connect: There are times that it’s nice to connect with family and friends on social media. Identify scheduled times you can check in on social media, update statuses, comment, etc. Ideally not more than three times a day. Connect only when you need to.
  5. Create: This is the single most effective way to utilize technology. Creativity is the gateway to the soul. There are so many innovative ways that you can utilize technology to create something magical. Want to write a song, download Notation Pad, thinking of starting a podcast, download Podbean, want to write a book, check out Pressbooks. There’s a ton of resources for you to use to be creative and let your imagination run wild.
  6. Fun: Of course watch your favorite T.V shows or play games or whatever source of entertainment that you enjoy. It’s okay to have fun, just not all the time. Minimize your use of technology and social media for fun and watch your productivity increase exponentially.
  7. Share: As always, share what you’ve learned. Whenever you gain a new insight, deeper understanding, meaningful way of viewing the world. Share it with anyone who’s willing to listen via social media or otherwise. You have wisdom the world needs to know.
What are some useful ways you utilize technology and social media? I’d love to hear from you!
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