Finding the Balance In Life:
Technology and Simplicity
In our day, image is becoming increasingly important. We put so much value in the intangibles, that when we get a hold of what's real, it is frequently insufficient in relation to what we are looking for. What's to blame?
One big reason just might be technology.
Part of human nature is repetition of actions along with habitual thoughts and feelings. Screen dependence is a real issue, mainly due to repeated technological usage over time.
The goal: achieve mental stimulation. This stimulation of our mind leads to the release of chemicals such as dopamine and adrenaline which makes each use of our phones, tablets, or computers independently exhilarating, slowly becoming habitual over time. One click leads to the next click, and so on.
Through a screen, it is simple to read about the new adventure that might be, or the new trend, or what the newest style might be. When we read about things that have so much attention, we want to give them a try. Often realizing too late, these "things" first experienced through our screens, are quite unfulfilling in the actual sense.
What is the ensuing problem?
The relationship between the overuse of technology, and its effect on overall happiness, is apparent. Studies originating out of Duke University, The University of Michigan, and Gothenburg of Sweden all concluded that an overuse of technology can negatively affect happiness and the mental well-being of adolescents, teenagers, young adults, and adults.
Not only is technology is evolving at a fast rate, but also the realisation and recognition of the severity that the overuse of certain technologies has on our physical, and mental well-being.
Many disorders are associated with the overuse of phones, tablets, computers, video game consoles, and also television. Disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sleep deprivation, insomnia, compulsive disorders, severe eye strain, and tendinitis are all easily preventable problems that can be treated with proper management, including limiting the usage of certain technologies. If not treated or managed, these disorders can evolve into chronic life-long issues.
In America, 90% of households contain at least one smartphone, tablet, or computer.
If you feel you are suffering from an overuse of technology, here's a helpful tip:
Limit the screen time and experience life first-hand. Real experiences and activities within the real world are the basis to our mental, and physical state.
There is no doubt that technology has implanted itself firmly within our society, presenting many positive and practical uses. However, like all things that we consume, we must put a limit on frequency and quantity to stay balanced and rooted in the world which we live.
Staying in touch with our immediate senses, and natural environment grounds us, and keeps us human. Technology is of great use, however, it requires a strong ability to be self-aware on its potential, and actual effects on our minds as well as our bodies.
Limit the screen time and experience life first-hand.