Use and abuse of Information Technologies
There is an increasingly widespread concept, the Internet of Things that refers to the digital interconnection of everyday objects with the internet. For example, a connected refrigerator that alerts us to the mobile of the expiration date of one of our foods, or tells us what we need to buy. It looks great, but are we really looking at the dangerous or harmful side of this?
Internet addiction is a problem that does not meet the characteristics for an addiction dependent on some substance. But it complies with the elements necessary for what has been classified as, addiction or dependence without substance which can be defined as, a state of concern that arises from the relationship with something or someone, which is maintained as a means to preserve one’s own internal control and balance that, in addition, it provides a sense of well-being to the individual.
Knowing the magnitude and impact of new communication and information technologies (ICTs) on society, one wonders how the use of the Internet, mobile and social media affects people’s relationships and emotional state.
While we may believe that browsing the web or watching diverse themed videos on YouTube is a relatively harmless act, there are some people who spend so much time using their mobile or a computer that it has begun to interfere with their daily lives. When an action or desire becomes an obstacle that takes precedence over the most important aspects of life (relationships, work, school), that’s when we can classify it as an addiction.
Psychological problems related to technology
Non-mobile-phobia. It refers to those moments when, by not having our cell phone with us, we feel that we need something and this gives us terrible anxiety. I’m sure more than one has experienced it.
Symptoms of this disorder include headache and stomach pain, anxiety, stress, obsessive thinking. Adolescent disorder is a disorder that occurs frequently in adolescents.
Imaginary call syndrome
Sometimes it happens to us that we get the feeling that the phone vibrates or that it has sounded and then it turns out that it is not. There are people who have that feeling continuously and suffer from what’s called imaginary call syndrome.
The human brain tends to relate any impulse it receives to the mobile which causes us to immediately think it is ringing or vibrating.
Dependence on the internet
It’s about the sick need to be connected to the Network all the time. It can seriously affect the private and social lives of Internet addicts.
Online video game dependency
A derivation of internet dependency is reliance on online video games. There are people who have generated an addiction to online gaming in such a way that they have gone days without sleep to manage to level up.
It is a disorder suffered by those who look compulsively at their messaging applications, even without any message being received. This also leads to the interpretation of the messages or information that can be obtained from them.
They refer to (fear of missing out), and that could apply to situations in which we are afraid of the possibility of missing a social event or an event. In the networks this would result in a continuous connection to the phone to be aware of everything and, if they cannot do so, for some reason, they suffer great anxiety and distress.
Are users aware that they suffer from cyber addiction?
It is common for the person to realize that they have serious difficulties of self-control in their use of the internet or social networks when their emotional state and life have already been affected. In principle, the maintenance of abstinence in the use of virtual social networks or interactive games should be encouraged. Then gradual and controlled exposure to risky situations must be performed.
It has always been said that the best form of treatment is preventive, getting ahead of what is to come is especially effective in adolescent-young people. We can guide preventive treatment in the following areas:
Time to use. Control over time of use is essential when it comes to avoiding creating the “habit”. We should encourage and teach responsible use, establish and agree on rules of use and supervision, schedule usage schedules by avoiding near-rest times, make the use of information technologies a prize or privilege not a right, use on-screen reminder messages about other activities and tasks, as well as the time used.
Privacy. It is a priority to develop protection factors when accessing the network, explaining in detail the meaning of personal data and the risks of sharing, avoiding and rejecting contact with strangers as well as refusal to give affiliation data, control and restrict access to the profile, not accept friend requests from people who are not known.
Content. The supervision and control by parents of the contents, pages visited, games, etc. will be a priority when assessing the benefit-risk of its use. Video game content should be age-adapted with special attention to online games.
Family. Preach by example, be an example for children in the good use of information technologies, place the computer in a space that can be shared by family members and enable them to participate in network activities, educate and reinforce leisure alternatives, promote oral communication, early detection of warning/alarm signs and request help promptly, try to stay up to date on information technologies to have the same knowledge as children.
Subject. Education and training for the use of information technologies, managing leisure times that nourish the being and the body, where health benefits first and foremost!
Psychological and learning aspects will be worked on to:
- Learn how to organize leisure time and manage anxiety and other non-pleasant emotions without using the internet as a refuge, evasion or alternative to coping with the problem.
- Appreciate being alone or alone and doing so without having “devices” around you.
- Assign trust and self-control to the person so that they the same comes out of the automation and harmful use of mobile, internet or social networks.
- Attribute responsibility to solve “problems”, understand what it means and what role the use of technologies has for the person.
How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website with Chrome
Want to find out how you can save some time whenever you want to visit your favorite websites? If you do, keep reading, because in this article we’re going to show you a very simple and quick hack that will allow to do just that!
The method we’ll be talking about consists in creating a desktop shortcut to a website. This shortcut will function as an app in Chrome, therefore will appear on your desktop as a regular application that uses the logo and the name of the website (although you can change the shortcut’s name at the moment of its creation).
Having a shortcut to a website ready to use on the computer desktop won’t seem like a necessity to most people, but, if you have a weak Internet connection, having to go through all of the steps necessary to access a site can become frustrating, since the process will be very slow. Instead of opening Chrome, entering the website’s name, waiting for the search results to appear and clicking on the one you’re interested in, you’ll be able to access your favorite website immediately with a shortcut. But desktop shortcuts can be beneficial to anyone, since they’ll help you greatly if you’re in a hurry and need to go to a website in as little time as possible.
Add a desktop shortcut to a website in a few easy steps
With that being said, let’s get to the interesting part of the article: let’s find out how to create a desktop shortcut to a website with Chrome!
Note: the shortcut feature works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
What to do beforehand
Before we start, make sure that:
– you’re using the Google Chrome web browser
– you’re signed in to your Google account (the shortcut feature might not work if you’re not)
Follow the steps below to create a shortcut:
– first and foremost, open the Google Chrome app
– search for the website you want to add a shortcut to
– now, click on the menu icon in the right upper corner of the screen (the three dots)
– then select More tools > Create shortcut…
– you’ll be prompted to enter a name for the shortcut, but you can also leave the default name
– if you check the “Open as window” option, the app will open its own individual window
– click Create
– close the Chrome window, and you should be able to see the shortcut/app on your desktop!