Time to Unplug: Executive Functioning Weakness and Computer Addiction

Executive Functioning Weakness & computer addiction often go hand-in-hand. Here are 4 tips to help you make time to be completely screen-free. Unplug today!

Carol Gignoux, M.Ed

Filed Under: Executive Functioning Weakness, Executive Functioning Deficit

Time to Unplug: Executive Functioning Weakness and Computer Addiction

How much time passed between the moment you woke up today and the first time you looked at a screen – cell phone, smartphone, computer, television, tablet? The reality is that most of us are addicted to screen time, but if you have Executive Function Weakness, this could be a problem.

Computer Addiction: Is There a Healthy Balance?

We live in a world of constant stimulation and instant gratification. This is a problem that afflicts everyone, and every individual and family unit struggles with how to find a healthy balance. But this dependence on technology is can be destructive for those with executive functioning weakness The multitude of split-millisecond updates on blogs, social networks, apps, and news sites is like a Venus flytrap for rapid-fire thinkers.

I am more convinced each day that excessive computer use can be a form of self-medication. Social interactions that occur through a remote digital setting can be easier to navigate for those with executive functioning issues, allowing you to talk to someone with text while multitasking. Or for those who want a break from interpersonal relationships, there are endless creative outlets and time-wasters on the web, just a mouse-click away.

Does this sound like you? Read on…

But these behaviors can become excessive, isolating and unhealthy when hours upon hours are spent in front of a computer. You think of the responsibilities that weigh you down, the anxiety you feel, all the pressure in your life, and you escape from the real world into the digital world. Do any of these apply to you?

  • You missed a deadline at work because of excessive personal computer use.
  • Your boss or coworkers have noticed or commented on your web surfing habits.
  • Your schoolwork has suffered because you spent time on social networks or YouTube instead of studying.
  • You stayed up much later than you meant to surfing the web.
  • You begin to feel isolated from those around you after so much time spent on your own.

A Few Basic Steps

If this sounds familiar, it’s probably the right time to kick the habit, even if just for a trial period. To get on top of this problem, people with executive function deficit need to learn to choose when to surf the internet and when not to. They must learn to wean themselves off of using the Internet and computer as a way to avoid doing other things. By doing this, they can become aware of how much time they spend on these distractions and rein in their impulses. Here are 4 tips to help persons with executive weakness to beat computer addiction:

  1. Log your hours. How much of your week is spent parked in front of the computer?
  2. Create rules that fit your life, such as, no computer on Saturdays or no computer if it’s sunny enough to exercise or play outside
  3. When you chat or email with someone, ask yourself, when is the last time I heard this person’s voice? When is the last time I shared a meal or a walk with this person? Power down and have a more meaningful interaction with your friend.
  4. Pick something that you enjoy doing online and swap it for the real thing: board games instead of apps, greeting cards instead of texts, paperbacks instead of e-books, and real social gatherings instead of virtual ones.

You will be amazed at how much time you waste on the computer and the benefits you get from staying off. Get more tips for living with Executive Dysfunction by subscribing to my newsletter. You can improve executive functioning skills! And I can help. Contact me today for a free consultation

Make Progress with the Right Executive Function Coach

As one of the 10+ million U.S. adults with ADD, I genuinely understand the challenges of living with ADHD as well as the positive results that can be achieved through coaching. With the help of a great executive functioning skills coach, adult ADHD treatment can change lives. With the right behaviors and coping mechanisms, it’s easier to overcome some of the worst symptoms. Those include distraction, lack of punctuality, untidiness, forgetfulness, failure to meet deadlines, and more.

By practicing these success strategies, performance at work can improve, too. Life at home will become more stable and relaxing. Enrich every important personal relationship. And most importantly, you’ll gain a new level of self-confidence.

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