Are you one among those that is habitual to checking your smartphone for email, Twitter, Facebook updates? Well if that is true, you could be at an increased risk on developing stress.
Justifying the saying “Too much of anything can make you sick”, Lynn Bufka, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy said, “What individuals don’t consider is that while technology helps us in many ways, being constantly connected can have a negative impact on both their physical and mental health,”
It is true that smartphones have become an inevitable part of our lives. Every other activity we do needs us to depend on these handheld devices; be it travelling, booking a ticket, instantaneous communication, work, places to eat at, what courses to take up and the list gets long. And as they say free cheese only comes in a trap- We have been made captors of our dependency.
Negative effects of smartphone use have gradually and evidently crept into the realm of mental health. Anxiety, depression, sleep disorders is few of the many repercussions to excessive usage. High frequency of smartphone usage could also result in low satisfaction with life relative to peers who make less use of the smartphone.
What is more important to understand is the motivation provoking the use of the smartphone. If you are surfing the internet to keep your mind occupied while you’re waiting in line or while on a train, then your mental health isn’t at risk. But if you spend your time on you’re smartphone to avoid thinking of an unavoidable event, there could be bigger underlying issues. “It appears that people who use cell phones to avoid negative events in their real life also tend to have mental health problems.” -Dr. Alejandro Lleras
Well all’s not bad; there are ways by which you could have a technological detox.
- Minimize the urge to chat and play games at an ungodly hour.
- If you are sleep deprived, pick up a book instead.
- Pay more attention to loved ones.
- Wake up to the sound of blissful chirping.
- Make memories by being both mentally and physically present. Even if your hands itch, do not Snapchat.
- Set a curfew with your phone, for a peaceful sleep.