If you can think back to the way things were twenty years ago, you’re going to remember a lot more face time and a lot less FaceTime. Back in the good old days, none of us were as reliant on technology as we are today. Even “hold outs” who boycott social media are still using more technology than they did twenty years ago. It’s almost impossible to avoid.
But is all this coming at a cost?
We can clearly see the benefits technology has had on our lives, but the harmful effects aren’t always as clear.
In this post, we’re going to cover what happens when too much of a good thing starts having consequences.
Here are the ways in which technology may be harming us.
Depression and anxiety
There have been many studies linking depression and anxiety with social media usage. People who use social media most often tend to be most depressed. But there is a silver lining here.
A 2016 study found that people who reported having more positive experiences online saw more positive social media usage benefits. Those who reported a more overarchingly negative social media experience reported symptoms of depression and anxiety.
So although technology, in this case, maybe the cause of some people’s depression, it seems to depend on how you use said technology largely. If you are on social media, be sure to fill your feed with positive, uplifting stories and connect with supportive people. Avoid spending time in busy comment sections where you’re likely to encounter many internet trolls.
Using any technology for hours on end can lead to eye strain that can have long-term effects. This could lead to vision issues later in life, and it can also cause headaches. To combat eye strain from using technology, try taking breaks every twenty minutes and consider getting blue-light blocking glasses to counter the harmful rays coming from your devices.
When you’re talking to someone face-to-face, you’re going to be more cognizant of your posture and body language. We all know that these things contribute to someone’s overall impression of you, and we usually want to make a good one. When we’re slumped over in front of a computer for hours on end, good posture goes out the window. Poor posture can lead to weak core muscles and neck or back pain.
To avoid slouching as a permanent stance, take frequent breaks from technology. You may also consider getting a posture brace that you can wear under your clothes to help keep your shoulders from hunching over. This will help keep your core muscles engaged as you sit and stand, and it can help prevent your posture from deteriorating as you use more and more technology.
It’s no secret that technology was designed to be addictive. The unlimited scroll feature was a major nail in the coffin, but it won’t be the last. We’re quickly getting buried with addictive technologies that keep us tied to our phones no matter where we are, who we’re with, or what we’re doing. Just go to any schoolyard, and you’ll see how big of a problem this has become. Instead of communicating with each other, you’re more likely to see kids with their heads down facing their phones. And while an addiction to the internet may seem benign compared to heroin addiction, it can still steal hours from your life every day. To avoid getting addicted, limit your time on social media sites.
Technology can have many benefits, but its downsides are becoming difficult to ignore. It’s okay to use technology to your advantage, but try to remain aware of when the tables start to turn and technology is doing more harm than good.