Unwittingly addicted to tech? 7+ things you should know
Technology has advanced at such a rapid pace little notice has been taken when it comes to the negative side.
From the beginning, distracted and fascinated by “bright shiny objects”, we have been overjoyed with convenience and advantages personal electronic devices have provided. And why wouldn’t we want to spend hours a day engaged in utilizing them? It makes life easier and has become a necessity for most to take care of personal and professional essentials.
But are we overdoing it? What is our attachment to all these gadgets doing to us? And isn’t it ironic that I am about to share some of this quoting an “Online Course Report”?
Not that OCR’s report isn’t shocking enough, the stats that follow are probably at least two years old. Doesn't it make you wonder what the stats would be today? However it was compiled based on information provided through reliable professional sources.
7 ways OCR says the internet is changing our brains:
1. We experience FOMO (Fear of missing out)
A. 56% of social network users experience anxiety when unable to access their profiles.
B. 4 in 10 of those between 13 and 67 years of age say social media has increased their FOMO
2. Our sleep patterns are worse
A. 90% using a tech device in a bedroom before bedtime
B. 87% report at least one sleep problem a few times per week
C. 16% report surfing the internet while awake at night due to sleep problems (?)
3. Our attention span is waning.
A. Currently 8 seconds, 1 second shorter than that of a goldfish!
4. Impulse Control Disorder (ICD) is now a bona fide psychiatric disorder.
A. Symptoms of ICD: Aggression, irritability, lack of patience, social isolation, depression,
difficulty concentrating, uncontrollable urge to buy/steal/lie.
5. We’re more creative!
Millions of apps Millions of Tweets and Instagram photos posted daily YouTube (an endless
6. BUT our memory is suffering.
In a memory study of two age groups:
A. 87% of those over 50 could remember standard personal information.
B. Only 40% of those under 30 could so, having to reach for their phones to find the answers.
7. We MIGHT be addicts.
A. 1 in 8 Americans suffer from problematic internet use.
B. 60% of new cases of sex addiction are attributed to widespread sexual content available on mobile devices.
C. 5,000,000 (Five million) is the approximate number of children addicted to online gaming.
There’s a lot more to this this story that should be taken into consideration. These 7 things represent the tip of the iceberg.
Another article I wrote entitled “Digital Heroin”, which addressed children, but could apply to anyone. It gets into how it has been proven that your brain on Mindcraft tests like a brain on drugs! You can find that article here: http://www.sophiacayer.com/single-post/2016/10/10/Digital-Heroin
Within the “Digital Heroin” article, you find a link that goes to an in-depth piece and scientific study reveals the impact on the brain and life.
A more expansive picture that we all need to think about can be found here: