Digital wellbeing & productivity researcher | speaker | author | consultant
There is a war raging on that you
might not be aware of.
It’s the battle of the 21st century
Between you and technology
There is a war raging on, and you might be losing
So many memories to make, so many milestones to celebrate
But you’re constantly being pulled away
By the never-ending thumb-scrolling
The attention-grabbing sound of new notifications
And the little red numbers on your screen, begging to be seen
They say technology is a helpful servant but a dangerous master
Now, more than ever, people are tethered to it
And joy, happiness, and productivity are compromised
But it’s not your fault
Your brain is wired to enjoy that rush of dopamine and hit of adrenaline
With every ping, scroll and interaction
Your brain is being rewarded, all in a digital minute
Long-term gratification is a thing of the past
Attention is the most precious resource you have
Own it. Protect it at all costs
What if I told you that you could own your attention
And use it to focus on the things that really mattered?
So you can be present where you are, where you matter
You are in your power, and no technology can pull you away
From your kids, from your partner, from the important work before you
What if I told you that you can be in control of your attention?
That you can win the war between you and technology
So you can reposition yourself, no longer a slave to the screen, but a master of it
So you can reposition yourself, no longer a slave to the screen, but a master of it And you can take back your joy, happiness, and productivity
Have you ever worried about the impact of your child/teen’s digital obsession on their physical and mental wellbeing? Are you worried about it stunting their learning, or derailing their development?
Have you paused (& looked up from your phone) to consider the costs of your digital dependence and distraction on your wellbeing and productivity?
For most of us, adults and kids alike, digital devices have become an integral part of our lives. We find it so hard to unplug. This is no accident. The reason lies with our brains. Basically, we’ve got ancient brains operating in a high-tech, fast-paced world. Our brains simply haven’t evolved to cope with the incessant demands digital devices pose.
For some of us, our digital behaviours have become problematic (most parents have endured their child’s or teen’s #technotantrum and we know many adults partake in ‘toilet tweeting’, i.e. using your phone in the bathroom). But we don’t have to be tethered to our devices and nor do our kids. We can form healthy & sustainable digital behaviours that enable us to use technology in healthy & helpful ways.
Every day there’s a new headline warning us of the harmful effects of technology on children or teens. Increasingly, we’re hearing more about the costs of our always-on work culture on employee wellbeing & efficiency.
The scare of the “digital apocalypse” makes us feel guilty and fearful about our kids’ digital behaviours. We’re also seriously questioning our own digital infatuation. Most adults are now no longer more than one metre proximity away from their phone for most of the day and 80% of adults check their phone within 15 minutes of waking.
But there’s no need (or time) for #technoguilt. We face a digital reality and banning or avoiding technology isn’t a viable solution.
So I want to help you make informed choices about your digital habits (or your family’s tech time), based on the latest neuroscience, developmental science, organisational psychology and technology research.
Whether we love it or loathe it, technology’s here to stay. The genie’s out of the bottle.
We have to find healthy and helpful ways to use technology & mitigate its potential pitfalls.
I’m Dr Kristy Goodwin
I’m a researcher, speaker and author, delivering keynote addresses, seminars and workshops to parents, educators, health professionals and employees throughout Australia. I’m on a mission to disseminate the facts and dismantle the fears about young children’s, teens’ & adults’ digital wellbeing & productivity.
I provide practical, evidence-based information about what we really need to thrive both online and offline.