How Technology Is Affecting Your Well-being And Mental Health…


How Technology Is Affecting Your Well-being And Mental Health



We live in a society where technology addiction is real. We are constantly on our phones, computers, or watching TV and all of this technology overload may be affecting our well-being and mental health. Let’s look at a few impacts of this “always on” mentality.

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We Neglect Our Physical and Mental Health

When we spend all day on our phones and computers, our physical and mental health quickly take a backseat. Our bodies are made up of mind, body, and soul, and spending all of our time on technology neglects all three of these. Sure, scrolling through social media may provide instant stress relief, but after time it can make stress and anxiety worse. Instead of staring at a screen, go outside to get exercise and fresh air, or practice some mindfulness or meditation techniques to focus on your mental health.

Our Communication Skills Decrease

With the advancements in technology, we approach communication differently than we ever have. We can contact anyone we want to with a quick message, but longer, deeper conversations often fall by the wayside. This can have an effect on our relationship building skills, critical thinking, and overall well-being. While technology is great to keep in touch with many different people, don’t forget to take time to have deeper, more meaningful conversations with the ones you love.

We Continually Compare Ourselves to Others

Social media has made it easy to see the highlight reel of other people’s lives, which we are tempted to compare to our everyday life. While we all want to craft the best image of ourselves on social media, it’s important to remember that this curated version of people is not the real them. Constantly comparing yourself to others can be dangerous and depressing, especially for people who already have mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.



We Don’t Take Breaks

Before cell phones and computers made it possible to always be on, there was a time when after you left the office, work was done for the day. You would then go home to spend quality, face-to-face time with your family. But now, we are always on and most employees are expected to be on their phones and computers all the time. Even when we’re at home or on vacation, we’re expected to be checking in.

This is dangerous to our overall well-being and mental health because we need regular breaks to help us recharge. We need to take a step back from the stressors of work for the sake of our mental well-being. Taking regular breaks from technology can help you recharge, refocus, and spend time working on your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you feel like technology is affecting your well-being and mental health, try a technology detox.

This could mean shutting your phone off for a whole day and just focusing on what’s around you, it could mean promising not to check email after you shut your work computer off for the day, or it could include going outside or learning something new instead of watching TV. These are a few ways to step away from technology, if only for a little while.



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Rachel O'Conner

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Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in communication from the University of Delaware. She is now an experienced content writer who…

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