High technology is amazing. It has opened our world in unbelievable ways. Like many advancements in our society, technology has positive and negative aspects.
A couple of months ago, I noticed a couple eating in an upscale restaurant. It was obvious that they were texting each other over dinner.
At the time, I thought it was amusing and funny, but later I thought could we be getting too high-tech and not even realize it?
Think about the following situations and see if you relate to any of them. You might be too high-tech if you:
Share your deepest thoughts with your 1,500 followers on Twitter before asking your child or spouse about their day.
Play "Words With Friends" instead of walking with your friend.
Burn your pine nut quinoa pilaf while browsing allrecipes.com.
Can't remember the last time you hand-wrote a thank-you note or birthday card. Letter writing is becoming a lost art.
Ignore the flashing "Hand Held Phone Ticket $159" freeway signs.
Don't even try to spell a word correctly, knowing you have spell check to correct your mistakes.
Find yourself putting on a few extra pounds because you're sitting for hours in one position in front of the computer.
It is my guess that by now you are thinking, "Wow, that sounds like me!" Don't despair; step back and analyze how you are using your tech time.
If you need to make some changes consider these ideas:
1. Log your free time for one typical day to see how much of it is tech time.
2. Set time limits if needed. Include total hours spent and types of technology used.
3. After sitting for 30 to 60 minutes at your computer, get up and move for at least five minutes.
4. Look at your personal relationships. Make sure family and friends are a high priority. Technology is amazing, but not as amazing as a hug, a smile or a meaningful conversation with a live person.
5. One last thought ... Please turn off your phone and put it away during dinner!
Hadley is a registered dietitian at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation.