Warning: Overuse of technology can cause an habitual dependence to be constantly connected to the world around you. This addiction can lead to serious issues and have disturbing impacts on your body and well being.
Not so fun fact - over use of laptops, phones and tablets all day can lead to chronic pain and potentially long-term memory issues. Bad posture from slouching, and misaligned spines from looking down all day are primary culprits of chronic pain. Smartphone use is especially harmful due to craning (and straining) to read smaller screens, which creates pressure on your neck as much as 60 pounds of force. I see many young people walking around with a hunch! Very scary stuff people....
Dry eye syndrome (because your small eye muscles contract more and blink less), back pain, headaches, stiff neck, and repetitive stress injuries to hands, fingers and elbows are also climbing at an alarming rate. OK, so do I have your attention? If yes, let's get into some things you might want to consider adding to your daily routine.
Switch your phone to airplane mode during dinner. Make the dinner table a smartphone free zone. Encourage good behavior by having a basket at the entry way of the zone where everyone drops their devices
Write down your thoughts before typing them into a device
During meetings, take notes old school - write them down in a composition or other notebook
If feasible, get up and walk around once an hour (maybe every 2-hours?). Go to the rest room, break room, or just look out a window
During your 'office walk,' find a place where you can look off 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds. This resets and relaxes the eyes
At night, read a book or magazine to unwind
Bottom line: Too much of anything is not good. Especially when it comes to our need to stare into a glowing LCD screen. Strive for balance by setting aside time for yourself where you can totally unplug. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.