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Is too much Technology dangerous for us Psychologically ?

The internet can be a great source of information and helpful to businesses for advertising. It can  make your life easy when it comes to purchasing goods or services. The internet can also be a place where people can get trapped in their addictions. No matter what type of addiction you have, if it is affecting your life, family and relationships it is time to take a closer look at your habits and maybe think about getting some help. I recently chatted with the owners of Liberty Home Rehab in Cape Town over a cup of coffee and gained some interesting insights into the threats posed by our rapidly increasing obsession with the internet and Social Media.

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The internet can be a place where many different kinds of addictions can be found:

Social media addiction

Having to check your Facebook messages and pages every five minutes?  Spending too much time on other platforms like, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp? Is it impacting your life in such a way as to be causing you negative social and relationship issues? Then you might have a social media addiction. It is time to take actions like reducing your online time or if it is really bad, seeking professional help.

Online compulsions

The internet has made it too easy to do many things. Online banking, online shopping, basically you can buy anything online without even leaving your home. Online compulsions can include anything from gambling online, online shopping, and trading stocks. Even auctions and bidding sites can be a lure to some people. It is difficult to resist an easy way to place a bet or buy an item you don’t need.

Cyber relationships

I hear of many people joining dating sites or having met someone online. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but when it starts to become an obsession, it should send up some red flags. Relationships online can have some negative consequences, especially if the online relationship becomes more important than those friends and family members who are physically around you.

Cyber-sex addiction

This form of addiction seems to becoming more prolific in our society. Cyber-sex addiction can involve pornography and other adult websites.  Cape Town rehab owners, Phillip and Morgane are both experienced in dealing with all forms of addiction, having personally struggled with their own demons. Personally I don’t think anybody should be watching such things, but others might disagree. So when needing to watch pornography and related websites becomes excessive and starts to interfere with your personal relationships, treatment should be considered. Other consequences can be jail if left untreated and you are found guilty of child pornography, which in my opinion is on a whole other level.[...] Read More

COOKOO watch connects smartphones with genuine benefits

There seems to be a whole lot of hype and innovation in the watch industry lately. Rumours are swirling and hype is feeding the race for the first connected and integrated watch. Personally I’m a fan of a traditional timepiece and think a watch should be what a watch is – a device designed to tell the time.

But there’s a hoard of tech-savvy folks out there who want their watch to be their phone, or their gate remote or whatever else a scientist can cram inside it. I’ve never quite got it and none of the devices in the media have captivated or made sense to me.

Until I came across COOKOO…

It’s a watch that keeps you connected to your mobile device, effectively an extension of your smartphone that helps you manage your life. The thinking is that your smartphone isn’t always at hand, but the COOKOO watch is.

I could see this simplifying my life. Being able to receive alerts and notifications from my smartphone, when I don’t have it in my hand is a bonus. And COOKOO does all of that, such as:

Incoming calls Missed calls Facebook messages and posts Calendar reminders Your device is out of range Low battery on iPhone or iPad Alarm and Timer alert

Plus there’s a command button that you can customise to do the things you want to do…

Check in on Facebook A remote for your phones camera A remote to play, pause & skip songs And more as their developer community grows.

What’s also appealing is that the watch doesn’t need to be charged. It uses a standard battery that lasts as long as a typical watch would.

The COOKOO goes for R1500.