How Technology  Impacts our Thinking and Behaviors

Brief Training Outline

More than 7 out of 10 Americans own at least one smartphone. Three out of 4 smartphone users are within 5 feet of their phone at all times and about 8 out of 10 check them within fifteen minutes of waking up1. In just a handful of years, smartphones and social media have become a major part of our lives. But has the growth of these technologies outpaced our examination of their meaning? In this this workshop, we’ll explore our relationship to our phones, and other technologies, in order to make more informed decisions about how they fit into our lives. Participants will learn some of the latest research on how tech impacts our thinking and even shapes our behavior. We’ll also practice strategies for minimizing our biggest struggles with tech: anxiety, distraction and multitasking, lowered metacognition, “fear of missing out” (FOMO), and compulsive checking.

1 Gazzely, A. (2017). Distracted Mind: Ancient brains in a high-tech world. S.l.: MIT PRESS.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Me, My Tech, and I session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe research on distraction and multitasking
  • Identify strategies used by app developers to increase user screen time
  • Identify any user behaviors they would like to change
  • Develop a personal technology plan for any desired behavior change

In the News – Outsmarting Smartphones with Kids’ Mental Health

Mental health issues among teens has been steadily increasingly and now a connection is being made with their increased smartphone use.  A survey by the Centers for Disease Control found teens who spend five or more hours a day on electronic devices are 66% more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor than teens who spend one hour a day. Teens are spending more time on their phones, dating less, interacting less with friends, and waiting longer to get their driver’s licenses.

Ginny Ryan from 13Wham sat down with Gwen Olton, Senior Consultant from CCSI’s Training and Practice Transformation team, to talk with her about the impact that social media and technology has on teens around depression and suicide.  Gwen talked about the importance of the relationships that teens are now missing out on, and shared that there are apps to help limit screen time and track how we’re spending time on our phones.  Gwen’s seminar Me, My Tech, and I is also a great resource for parents, teachers, teens, and anyone who wants to learn more about how technology impacts our thinking and behaviors, and what we can do out outsmart our smartphones.  Click here to register for Me, My Tech, and I.  Click here to watch the 13Wham News story to learn more.

Gwen followed-up to Ginny Ryan’s report on Fox Rochester, explaining how a lot of the apps are often designed to purposely make the user spend as much time as possible interacting with the device, making it challenging to limit screen time.  She encouraged increaing face-to-face interpersonal interations to combat the negative effects of screen time. Click here to watch Gwen’s full interview on Fox Rochester.

What’s Next…

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Me, My Tech, and I

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Customer Testimonials“Participants found the material eye-opening,
especially when you prompted them to view their average screen time. Some additional comments that illustrated what the participants found valuable:

‘Algorithms drive us, I never thought of it that way.
Causing addiction for phone use. I see!’

‘Sometimes we lose sight of that, that they are designed to get us hooked and get information.’

Jacqueline Orr
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA)


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