Dependence means that can not control to oneself and hard to live without something dependent.
This type of dependency; technological devices, Internet and computer games can not control ourselves to spend excessive time. We might even think that we can’t live without them.
A person who is depencended to technology;
continues to use technology despite mental and physical problems.
spends more and more time with what he is dependent on
If he/she does not use the technology in any way he wants, he/she becomes irritable and angry.
thinks about her/him even when he/she is not dependent.
difficulties in fulfilling their Responsibilities.
when we play games on computer, tablet and phone or spend time on the Internet; If we do not understand how time passed and we cannot leave a game for example, this may be a warning sign.
prefers to spend time with technological devices rather than social activities.
loses sleep due to technological devices and fall of school-business success.
it may be interrupted by family or friends.
even wants to eat her/him food next to technological devices or her/him meal hours become irregular.
Individuals at risk;
who are away from sports and who prefer life.
are negative and dependent friends
whose academic success or career success is consistently low or unwilling to engage in school-work activities.
have skills of make friends, communicating and maintaining communication are less ones.
who prefer life which away from sports
her/him families are individuals who use technology negatively and unconsciously.
who have difficulty in expressing themselves in social relations.
her/him family members who have domestic conflicts and who do not have healthy communication.
who do not have a quality time in their lives.
The methods to prevent technology dependence;
You must reduce the time you spend with the technological devices slowly but steadily.
When you reduce the use of technological devices, turn to new activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
Think! Is the success and respect in the virtual environment more valuable, or in real life?
You should think about the damages of technological devices and imagine what you got from you.
In the evening you should spend time with your family instead of dealing with technological devices.
You should plan a friend meeting or a mandatory business just after your works related to the technology you do at limited times.
You should set goals for yourself in the use of technology. Thus, you will not lose yourself in a situation where you are aimless and in vain.
You can hang remarks and images that remind you of what technology dependence will lose in your room, various parts of the house, next to the computer screen.
You can create activities and create new friendships around a real friend, not virtual.
You can list what you want to do, after doing something in the list you can write a new request in the end of your list.
If necessary, obtain assistance from a specialist.
Resource: Kübra Şahin, Psychological Counselor and Child Developmentist