What Is Technostress?
Technostress is a relatively new term which is used to describe what happens when technology negatively impacts someone’s health and happiness.
Sir Cary Cooper who is an organizational psychologist at Manchester Business School stated that the always-on feature on a smartphone can lead to depression, anxiety, and poor health.
The vast majority of the general public may not be familiar with the term “technostress”. However, if you own a cell phone there’s a possibility that you may have experienced technostress in some way or another.
A psychologist by the name of Ron Friedman stated that constantly checking emails may damage someone’s productivity as well as their overall quality of life.
When someone is suffering from technostress they will feel overwhelmed and they may feel as though they can never finish because they constantly have the urge to check their phone.
If a person has the day off from work or if they are on a vacation and they are constantly checking their phone they may feel as though they’re working seven days a week, 24 hours a day. After a while, this person may feel physically and mentally exhausted.
What Are Some Of The Signs Of Technostress?
Do you feel as though you’re constantly working, even when you’re not at work? Do you feel as though you’re suffering from information overload?
Do you feel extremely anxious if you haven’t had a chance to check your email/notifications for a few hours? Do you feel as though no matter how much work you do, there is always much more to do?
If you answered yes to those questions above you may be suffering from a serious case of technostress. If left untreated, technostress may lead to insomnia, impatience, memory loss, and diminished concentration.
How To Deal With Technostress?
The absolute best way to deal with technostress is to achieve a healthy balance of using modern technology without becoming obsessed with it.
The First Step In Dealing With Technostress
The first step is that you have to be willing to admit that you have a problem. Then you have to determine where technology has created stress in your life. It would really help if you created a diary to identify when you use the internet, why you’re using it and what medium you’re using ie. tablet, cell phone, desktop computer.
Doing this will help you to determine ways that you may be abusing technology. When you become aware of the ways you may be abusing technology and what medium you’re using, it will become easier to for you to control it.
Do This Every Day To Combat Technostress
Every day you should devote a certain amount of time in which you will avoid using any type of technology that may contribute to technostress. You should avoid cell phones, computers, tablets and any other type of devices that you normally use.
During this time you should try to physically and mentally relax, doing this on a daily basis will help you feel more refreshed.
You Should Exercise Regularly
Exercising is a great way to combat technostress if you spend most of the day sitting in front of a computer. It may be beneficial to try to exercise a few times per week. Exercising will help you to clear your mind and it will give you more energy.
You Should Try To Avoid Multitasking
This may be easier said than done because some jobs are extremely demanding. However, it would help if you can try to avoid multitasking as much as possible.
But if you have to do it you should try to minimize the amount of time you spend doing it. You may get more things done by multitasking but it has a negative impact on your concentration.
It would be better if you can focus all your attention on one task at a time. When you learn how to prioritize your tasks and set goals for when you use technology and how often you use it, you will be able to concentrate better.
These are some simple steps you can follow that will help you to effectively deal with technostress. If you or someone you know suffers from technostress please feel free to share your experience in the comment section below.