While technology has numerous positive effects on society, from improving our ability to manage multiple projects, to keeping in touch with people across the world, there are also a lot of things which are resulting in negative consequences. The effects of technology on our social habits, mental and physical health are undeniable.
As with all things, moderation is essential. Educating yourself on what the risks are, helps you make better decisions when finding your balance. Awareness is power, so here are some potentially adverse risks which you should take a look at when using technology in your daily life.
Shortened Attention Span
Social media, in particular, has had a significant impact on the average attention span. Since Facebook has become a part of many people’s daily lives as not only a news source and way of keeping in touch with people you love but also a distraction.
The infamous Facebook scroll has become like a twitch for anyone with a few minutes to spare. If we aren’t interested in a post or a video within in the first second, chances are we’ll keep scrolling. This “scroll” has transferred its way into our everyday behaviors.
There is less of a chance of being able to stay focused on something for an extended period of time. A lack of attention span doesn’t just mean getting bored easily but can even be dangerous if you forget you’ve got the stove on.
More and more people are depending on technology to stay connected with their loved ones rather than real human contact. It’s not a coincidence that antidepressants are on the rise since the rise in popularity of the internet. Technology encourages social isolation and lack of real human connection.
Comparing yourself to others through the lens of filters and seemingly perfect lives starts to have a negative impact on your mental health. Most of the perfection that people are so obsessed with looking at online isn’t even real.
The more time that people spend looking down at their devices whether it’s video games, Facebook, their work computers, or watching their evening Netflix, the less time that they’re being an active part of the world. The lack of exercise starts to create a significant difference in our bodies.
When you eat while using technology you’re also more likely to eat mindlessly. As you’re hypnotized by whatever episode you’re watching on tv, it’s more likely that you’ll consume as much as three times what you would eat if you weren’t engaged by technology simultaneously.
Have you ever felt a wave of panic as you realize you don’t know where your phone is? Sure, part of it may be because it cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s also a form of withdrawal. The idea of losing your “lifeline” can send you into a panic.
How will your friends reach you? How will you know what appointments you have tomorrow? What if you want to take a photo spontaneously?
Technology addiction is real, and its effects on your life can be detrimental if abused.