The world of technology which is deemed to provide a wonderful connection with the outside world has eventually proved to be in defiance with our overall well-being. Factually speaking, our venture into the social domains may be costing us psychologically. The amount of time spent on social media and other platforms is directly proportional to the stress & anxiety we carry.
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, snap chat, Google Plus, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest – on how many of them are you active? If it is 1-2, your well-being gives a nod but if the limit is 6, 7, or more, you may be three times more inclined to depression and anxiety. Other detrimental effects are poor concentration, drowsiness, anxiety and mood swings.
Technology hacking our future with Generation Z at stake
The Generation Z (born between 1995-2010) has an altogether different world to live in. For them, social media has taken an almost absolute charge. They easily get dependent on online connections for feelings of pleasure, fame, friendship, and self-esteem. Video games and social media platforms with the most engaging content are their highest cravings.
While technology has greatly impacted the world of millennials too, they can still relate to meaningful relationships, healthy social gatherings, outdoor activities, travel, etc. to feel happy and lift their self-efficacy.
Technology taking its toll on human psyche – Who is in the driver’s seat?
The use of smart technology is unfortunately not creating smart human beings, who use technology as an e-toy to derive comfort in every situation. In pursuit of the next better version of a cell phone or application, we have forgotten to relish the blessings of direct human connection.
This exorbitant dependence on technology apparently seems to be a development of habit. But how does it get formed and what lies behind the scene?
If you reach out for your smartphone as soon as you get up or have noticed a thousand earnest eyes gazing at their phones while on the way to travel, do not wonder! We are just obedient players in the game which is well-designed by social media inventors to hijack the attention of human minds.
How they do that? It simply requires an understanding of the working of human brain. Writing a code to engage it is then easy.
Sean Parker, the first President of Facebook admitted in an interview how the media exploits human psychology. He said the “service literally changes your relationship with society and interferes with productivity in weird ways”. He is right. Perhaps forming a habit is comfortable when you are rewarded for it. No wonder those likes and attractive emojis are getting us hooked. The race for attention slowly starts to shape our choices, thoughts, and feelings. Eventually, it becomes an addiction.
It is time to shift the gears!
If digital life is taking its toll on you, it is time to find the balance. Here are some suggestions:
Measure your dependence on technology
If you grab your phone after every 15 minutes to check for alerts & notifications, take a moment of reflection. With this type of impact of technology on your brain, a hormone called ‘cortisol’ is produced in the body to trigger a fight or flight response leading to anxiety. So…
Once you are aware, make an unforced and on-purpose contact with technology. Increase the time gap between checking messages and get engaged with something that is relevant to you. What about reading your favorite book and other hobbies?
Make real-world connections
Real world associations are indispensable for a happy life. It is the nature of the human brain to learn from real experiences, grow and develop. So make powerful bonds and do not let technology replace it.
Using tech to de-addict from tech
The industry itself offers a solution in the form of applications like Moment and Forest App that help be aware of the time spent on the smartphone.
Tech addiction is reversible. Walk back to your real self.
Please share your suggestions on technology de-addiction.
Author: Latika Sawhney
Latika Sawhney is an expounder & entrepreneur in the wellness domain. She is also an adept freelancer in web content writing. Using suitable literary devices, along with the knowledge of modern business curves, she endeavors to manifest vital facts to the reader. Her purpose is to provide important information in a coherent manner to make better choices.