Perhaps there are times when you are on the streets, and you happen to think about how you should walk correctly in front of the public. Or all of a sudden you feel hungry that you would want to grab a burger or any satisfying food. Or there are instances that you often try to look in the mirror and compliment how you look. The particular manners are what a psychologist calls the behavior as subjective self-awareness. It is where your attention focuses on yourself. It is where you start to compare yourself to the way you genuinely are. With this particular instance, it often changes your behavior. But the alteration does not happen automatically. One factor that impacts it is technology.
It may be fair to wonder whether technology supports mental health, but there is little doubt some technology has the potential to support treatment efforts. — Camille Larsen, MA, NCC, Registered Psychotherapist
Self-Awareness Is A Huge Part Of Being Human
It is something we sometimes use for judging things and making critical decisions. And the way we incorporate it with technology is massive because it often leads us to change our ways. It is as if like there is an instant buildup of alter-ego. Imagine picturing yourself when someone takes out a phone and aims it in front of you; you become self-aware. You try and change your behavior and mood because you know that a camera is trying to record or take a picture of you. From that, you tend to feel either confident or conscious.
Another example is when you are on the radar of a speed limit. There are cases that you appear to drive fast because you thought no one knows it but you. But then, when the speed tester beeps out, you begin to freak out. The same reaction happens when you get to be photo tagged in social media having a candid shot. You suddenly feel the urge to review your captured pose and facial expression.
All of these permanent behavioral alterations are now a regular part of a person’s living. But why is that? Now that everyone is addicted to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, every moment of people’s lives are digital. With all these social connections, people become self-aware all the time. That is because there is a buildup of the belief that one needs approval from the majority of the public. You might think that you are not one of them, though. But honestly, there is a significant chance that your part of the broader percentage of those people who wants to feel validated.
As technology fits more integrated with every individual’s lives and media becomes more connected to our identities, all of us are going to deal with the same amount of stress. And when self-awareness begins to drop, deindividuation happens. It is a feeling you get when you try and blend into a crowd and appears to think that no one notices you. The situation loosens you up, and it makes it easier for you to do and see things out of the usual ways. It is as if the deindividuation frees you from understanding the standard social rules. One best example of this is when you are in a subway. You notice someone doing things that do not approve such regulations and norms. You begin to feel disgusted and irritated. But instead of attempting to create a confrontation, you begin to tweet it secretly. Admit it; it is a true story. You often feel the need to use technology and social media to receive a validation even though not everyone entirely cares.
Our habitual, compulsive use of our screens can result in some of our basic physiological and psychological needs getting squeezed out. These include sleep, physical activity, and in-person interaction. — Mike Brooks Ph.D.
Well, technology is all that bad. There are useful applications that support a better technological function. These include live broadcasting. It helps people share experience from real individuals. The use of smartphones exposes justices and serves the public interest as well. It also contributes to the convenience of the public in both industrial and medical fields. It is also a big part of learning and social development. It aids people to become more active with their community. Technology provides countless benefits to treatment and recovery too. Therefore, it entirely has a lot to offer to people. The only concern of some experts and other professionals is entirely on individuals’ way of handling it. Because since they are now dependent on technology, it creates psychological effects. With that, the adverse instances grow more and more each day.
As therapists, our work and our example can help support the positive application of social media, even as we help our clients understand that language itself is still a relatively new feature of our evolution. — David Harris, MS, MTS, LAPC
As technology rises, we can expect a lot of convenience on our way. But can we prepare ourselves in the changes that will soon stay constant after a hundred years? Are we able to sustain the kind of mental strength we still have? Well, let’s see.