1)Sleep.All electronic devices can mess with your sleep patterns and habits, potentially leaving you with a sleep disorder. It has also been found that late night use of your device is associated with stress and depression. Turn it off well before bed and keep all devices in a different room from where you sleep.
2)Depression. A study done by the Journal of Pediatric Psychology found that mobile phone use after bedtime may be associated with poor mental health, suicidal feelings and self-injury in both early and late youngsters. However, no matter what the age, constant cell phone usage is more likely to report depressive symptoms. Take an hour or more each day (at least!) to put your devices down.
3)Addiction. The brains of technology abusers develop a certain pattern of change over time. Studies suggest that the amount of time users check their gadgets is just enough to trigger that part of our brain that is linked to addiction. The Journal of Behavioral Addictions found that cell phone use appeared to have impulsive tendencies, at least for college-age students. It is important to pay attention to how often you feel the need to be connected to a device.
4)Stress. If you come home at the end of the day and immediately turn on technology, your brain doesn’t get a chance to de-stress and unwind from your daily activities. This will keep you in stress mode around the clock if you don’t take a break.
5)The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Because of social media and the sharing of everything, our society has moved into feelings of “is everybody having fun without me?” Take the pressure off of yourself by realizing they are not all having fun without you!
6)Anxiety.Social media can lead to anxiety about everything from FOMO to the fear that life is not exciting enough since everyone else’s life looks more interesting. Surveys have found that women often have anxiety that they are not creative enough after using Pinterest. Social media also can cause anxiety of not being successful enough or smart enough because of sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Turn Your Devices off and Live in the Now
You will be happy to see how a digital detox will save you unneeded stress and anxiety, and end up giving you more time for the things that really matter.
Technology is useful for so many things, but it is important to remember, life is right in front of you, not hidden behind a device. Are you ready to cut the cord?
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