Technology has come such a long way, from the first telephone up to now with the ever-changing smartphone. It is a never-ending evolution of technology that has dramatically changed the way we live. Nowadays, we can communicate with anyone, and anywhere with a simple touch of a button. We can work from home, buy food and things, pay our bills, and do our stuff without stepping out of our homes. These are all the positive things that we have because of the power of technology, but other factors can negatively affect not just our physical health, but also our mental state. A mental health therapist will agree with these ways.
Below are the seven ways that electronics affect our mental health.
Electronic Devices Causes A Sensory Overload That Affects Our Focus And Attention
Faced-paced images on television and also on phones can overload brain sensory. The mind goes into overdrive and cannot process slow moving actions or even slow or normal – paced activities. This is the cause of children having a difficult time focusing and concentrating on other activities. This then causes ADHD in children and increased by 800% from 1980 through 2007.
Excessive Social Media Use And Smart Phones Can Lead To Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
Do you notice yourself continually checking your phone for any messages or just absent-mindedly scrolling through your social media feed? This can be a form of compulsive behavior that can lead to OCD. Studies also show that people who overly use electronics have brain degeneration, mostly on the frontal lobe of the brain that is responsible for planning and impulsive control. Gaming and excessive use of gadgets cause this.
Electronic Devices And Internet Use Can Promote Addictive Behaviors
The internet could provide you with everything. From shopping online to finding a date, you could do it all on the internet. These things could ultimately make you addicted. With only a click, you could find everything, and you can even engage with people without seeing them.
Social media can help you with anonymity, and people can have a thrill with hiding their identities. This can also allow people to be bolder and aggressive and can lead to violence or cybercrime. The feeling they experience is the same feeling a person with an addiction has, and some people go overboard with their anonymity that can also become harmful.
Some versions of the digital fast recommend off-line activities you should perform instead (with all the spare time freed up from not texting and Facebooking): going on a walk or a hike, or organizing a pot-luck meal with friends who are also digitally fasting. — Utpal Dholakia Ph.D.
Electronics Can Make People Incapable Of Connecting With Others
You might think that this is not true because social media encourages you from socializing to anyone from anywhere around the world, but other people have a hard time connecting with others in a more personal note. Socializing face to face with someone else can get awkward, and you wouldn’t be able to read their expressions because you are used to talking on the phone or typing what you want to say. This can develop anxiety with meeting new people or interacting with others. Spending so much time on the telephone or television can harm your family and loved ones. You might feel disconnected with your family, and you may lack intimacy with your partner.
Being Dependent To Electronics Can Lead To Loss Of Creativity And Spatial Abilities
The ability to think and plan is lost because of the dependency we have on technology. We can have help in finding our destination with just listening to our GPS. We can copy and paste from the internet and have an essay about any topic given to us. We do not exercise our minds to think and be creative anymore because we know that everything we need and everything we need to do can be found on the internet. There is no more thrill discovering places and finding out some new technique because we have the internet and our devices to back us up.
You know that much of what disrupts a day are unexpected “fires” that must be put out immediately. These unanticipated events disrupt your focus, take up time, and set your schedule back, often so far that you can’t catch up. — Jim Taylor Ph.D.
Too Much Exposure To Electronic Device Screens Can Lead To Depression
The blue light from the screens mimics daylight, and with that illuminating our night, our body does not produce enough melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone responsible for our sleep, and with lack of sleep, a person can develop depression and other serious mental illness.
Electronic Gadgets Can Boost Mood Dysregulation Disorder
This behavioral problem is characterized by constant irritability of children and adolescents. Children and adolescents who spend too much time on their screen can have this condition. They are irritable and have random outbursts and tantrums for no reason. This is also associated with bipolar disorder in children because they show the same symptoms and about 2 to 5 percent of children have this condition.
Do We Have A Remedy For Mental Health Problems Caused By Electronics?
Limiting yourself and your children with screen time can drastically change their behaviors. Disciplining them and letting them have information about this problem can help them understand why you are doing such actions. It is better to prevent them from developing mental illness and giving them activities that will keep them occupied can be a good start.
We want a more mindful, purposeful use of technology so that it is serving our needs rather than we being servants to our screens. — Mike Brooks Ph.D.