Health & Spirit

It's Q&A Time: Because Personal Well-Being Is So Personal

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Q: "What can we do about too much technology in our lives? We're all addicted, and we know it. And we're all living in our own worlds, and we're not connecting with other humans, and --"

A: "Use the off button!" is a perfectly good answer, but we're all imperfect beings, and it's not working. Everyone I'm meeting on this tour complains about too much technology. When you're addicted to processed foods, you get sick. When you're addicted to your devices, you get distracted, depressed and deprived of human interaction. And that lack of human connection in your day turns out to be a very serious threat to your health and well-being.

So what's the answer? Carpe diem. If you value your well-being, you'll stop playing the victim and start taking control of the technology in your life. If you don't, no one will do it for you. There are apps to help, but the goal is to spend less time with Siri and fake friends on Facebook and more time with real friends and family. Does it require discipline? Yes. But so does reading this column to the end.

Congratulations. You did it. And with effort and grace, you'll get the hang of using the off button, too.



"I am not anti-technology. I am pro-conversation." -- Sherry Turkle


Marilynn Preston is the author of Energy Express, America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new book "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" is available now on Amazon and elsewhere. Visit Creators Publishing at to learn more. For more on personal well-being, visit

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