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Our Rewired Brains--Technology and Health

1.5 Contact Hours / 0.15 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the use of technology in modern life and how it impacts health, and describe methods of managing technostress.
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Technology is an important and beneficial part of modern life. It can save us time, help us work more efficiently and effectively, and support personal and global changes. Yet many individuals never fully disconnect from their technological devices, and social, physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties can occur as a result. Called “technostress,” this condition is often related to multitasking and can lead to loneliness, frustration, anxiety, and depression. Yet there are many ways to manage technostress and learn to use technology wisely.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the extent of the use of technology today.
  • Define technostress and technosis.
  • Explain the relationship between multitasking and technology.
  • Identify the health impacts of technology, technostress, and multitasking.
  • Describe methods of managing technostress.

With cell phones chirping and playing music, wireless devices vibrating, and emails signaling their arrival at the computer’s inbox, is it any wonder that many people feel stressed and distracted by technology? Our minds may wander as we start to read a book, or we can be surprised to look at a browser window and see how many tabs we’ve opened. This can lead to feeling fatigued, anxious, disconnected from the real world, or overwhelmed by technology. For many, it has been a long time (if ever) since they took a true vacation where they were really “off” and not answering emails or voicemails. “Welcome to the Attention Crisis—also known as the ‘culture of distraction,’ ‘information-fatigue syndrome,’ or simply ‘modern life’ (Read, 2010, p. 32).

The world is increasingly using technology in every facet of life. Devices are more mobile, functional, and seemingly indispensable. We have integrated media and technology into more and more aspects of our everyday lives, we bring devices with us everywhere, and we depend on them for an ever-increasing range of work, school, play, and social functions (Felt & Robb, 2016). Consider these sobering statistics (Pillai, 2012; Samakow, 2012; Statista, 2018):

  • Of the 7 billion people on the planet, approximately 5 to 6 billion are cell phone subscribers.
    • China and India lead the way with 1 billion users each.
    • There are 2.3 billion people using the Internet, with 70% of them in industrialized, wealthier nations and 24% living in poorer countries.
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 17 in the United States text an average of 60 times a day—that’s over 3,400 texts per month, or 7 times every hour.
    • The most frequent texters are girls.
    • About 77% of teens own a cell phone and about 25% own a smartphone. Only 39% make calls daily.
    • While 80% of teens use social networking sites, only about 30% of them send messages through those sites.

According to Jackson (2008), the amount of stimuli (especially related to technology) is multiplying, not just increasing. The average American sees, hears, or reads 34 gigabytes worth of information daily (about 100,000 words) from television, the Internet, books, radio, newspapers, and other sources, and that number has grown 5% per year since 1980. Our coping mechanisms, however, have not kept up with this unprecedented growth, so we rarely pay full attention to anything and instead pay “continuous partial attention” to everything. Thus, we “skim furiously, hoping not to miss anything. We fall into black holes of time and emerge blinking, hours later, having accomplished nothing” (Read, 2010, p. 34). Jackson (2008) observes that most individuals can contact millions of people across the globe, yet increasingly they connect to their most intimate friends and family via instant messages, virtual visits, and fleeting meetings that are often repeatedly rescheduled and then punctuated when they do occur by beeps, pings, and dings.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

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Content Focus:

Foundational Knowledge

Course Expires:

September 01, 2024

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.