Naciye G. Uğur: Digital Addiction’s Impact on Attention Span and Productivity | Work in Progress #32

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Naciye Güliz Uğur, an assistant professor of Management Information Systems at Sakarya University's School of Business

This episode discusses digital addiction and its impact on attention spans and productivity. The podcast explores the concept of digital addiction, its causes, and its potential consequences on individuals’ ability to focus, be productive, and maintain overall well-being.

Meet Naciye Güliz Uğur

Naciye Güliz Uğur is an assistant professor of Management Information Systems at the School of Business at Sakarya University in Turkey. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Informatics from Marmara University and completed her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Management Information Systems at Sakarya University.

In addition to her academic work, Naciye has more than five years of industry experience in Business & Management. She actively contributes to the field through her research, teaching, and sharing insights on topics related to digital addiction, productivity, and the impact of technology on individuals’ well-being.

About the episode

The episode focuses on the subject of digital addiction and its effects on attention spans and productivity. Naciye discusses the behavioral aspects of technology addiction, the influence of emerging technologies, and the social psychological theories related to digital addictions.

Naciye highlights technology’s profound influence on the human brain and how it can shape behavior, thinking patterns, and cognitive processes. Here are some of the key recommendations to promote a healthier and more mindful relationship with digital devices:

  • Set clear boundaries: Establish specific times and locations for using digital devices. Create technology-free zones or periods in your daily routine.
  • Track and limit screen time: Use apps or tools to monitor and restrict your screen time. This can provide awareness and control over your device usage.
  • Engage in offline activities: Pursue hobbies, physical exercises, and social interactions that do not involve screens. This will help you strike a healthier balance between digital and real-world experiences.
  • Disable notifications: Minimize distractions and interruptions by turning off unnecessary notifications on your devices. This helps to maintain focus and attention on important tasks.
  • Accountability partner: Find someone who can help you achieve your goals and limitations regarding digital device usage. They can check in on your progress and provide social support.
  • Participate in digital detox challenges: Join groups or communities encouraging digital detox challenges. This fosters a sense of accountability and provides a supportive environment for reducing device dependency.
  • Start with small steps: If you are highly addicted to digital devices, begin by gradually reducing your usage. For example, limit your usage by one hour a day and gradually adjust your habits over time.
  • Consider individual needs and goals: When setting boundaries for technology use, evaluate your own needs and goals. Different individuals may have varying requirements, so tailor your approach accordingly.
  • Mental activities: To keep your brain active and stimulated, engage in mental exercises such as memorization, puzzles, and meaningful conversations.
  • Balance technology with human skills: Recognize the importance of face-to-face communication, social interactions, and being present in the moment. Strive for a balanced approach that integrates the benefits of technology with essential human skills.
  • Be aware of potential negative impacts: Stay informed about excessive technology use’s potential cognitive, physical, and mental health effects. This awareness can help you make informed decisions and take necessary steps to mitigate any negative consequences.
  • Seek expert help: If you recognize signs of problematic digital addiction or struggle to manage your device usage, consider reaching out to professionals or experts who specialize in digital addiction for guidance and support.

In conclusion

The podcast discusses how digital addiction can negatively impact attention spans and productivity through reduced focus, mental workload, and task prioritization. Naciye provides valuable expertise in defining digital addiction and outlining its psychological, cognitive, and social consequences.

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