Technology Addiction Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

We all use technology just about every day, but are we addicted? Teach students what technology addiction is and how to determine addiction with this lesson plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'technology addiction'
  • explain what causes technology addiction, including specific risk factors
  • describe the signs and physical and behavioral symptoms of technology addiction
  • identify technology addiction in samples
  • discuss the treatment options for technology addiction


1 - 1.5 hours for the core lesson; additional activity may take one to two class periods

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Key Vocabulary

  • Technology addiction
  • Risk factors
  • Behavioral symptoms
  • Physical symptoms
  • Treatment options

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • About a week before this lesson, have students track their technology usage as follows:
    • Number of hours
    • Time of day used
    • Purpose for use
    • State of mind before usage
    • State of mind during and after usage
  • Consider having students make a chart for easy data collection.
  • Review or teach what is meant by 'state of mind.' Go over a few options that make sense to your students, such as anxiety, sadness, loneliness, etc.
  • The day of the lesson, have students take out their data tracking sheets and briefly review. Ask them to average their data for a daily total of hours used.
  • Now break students into small groups and have them share, discuss and compare data. Consider reviewing proper behavior during conversations to make sure students refrain from judgment or criticism of others.
  • Discuss as a whole group:
    • How much do you use technology a day?
    • What is the main purpose for technology use?
    • What time of day do most of you use technology? Why?

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