With depression and anxiety disorders affecting 40 million people in America today, one must wonder how technology is playing a role. While mobile devices make our lives exponentially easier, they also bring about stress from the sheer amount of information. Nearly 265 million people own smartphones and we’re starting to see the drawbacks, both personally and socially. Here are some of the consequences of having the world in your palm.
Addiction shows its face in many ways and recently, technology addiction has become a cause for concern. Constant interaction with the digital world brings about side effects that generations have never seen. Consequently, it’s nearly impossible to even enjoy dinner with a group and not see a phone out. This compulsion to constantly be connected can have significant impacts on the human psyche.
Avoiding In-Person Interactions
Besides the unfortunate fact of neck problems from staring at a phone, technology can also take away from face-to-face interactions. While the convenience of apps and the digital marketplace makes tasks easier, we also lose valuable social skills by not participating in the world around. Having a real human connection is essential to happiness.
In the age of social media, it can be difficult for people to be comfortable in their skin. Anxiety caused by attempting to live up to unrealistic expectations can be a major stressor. Everyone wants to make their life seem perfect in the digital world. Yet most depictions are a small window into what we all deal with in life. Be realistic to the perception and be grateful for the life you have.
Being Human is Complicated
These are just a few of the problems modern humans are beginning to recognize caused by technology. It is now an essential and beneficial tool that we need to navigate carefully to mitigate the downsides. Education and a conscious effort to be more present will go a long way in dealing with tech induced anxiety.
How We Can Help
If you or someone you love is experiencing tech anxiety and looking for a medical option. Give us a call at (385) 474-6946 to schedule a free consultation. It’s a fast-paced world and ketamine therapy could help you deal with the stress of the 21st century.