There’s a lot of different things that have come about as a byproduct of technology. We find ourselves to be more productive, yet we are having machines do most of the work for us. We are claiming to be sociable, but aren’t interacting with people face to face. We are discovering that our mental health isn’t all that we thought it was when we are anxiously waiting for the two ticks to go blue and repeatedly checking back to see if you’ve been noticed. There has been a rise in anxiety and depression that has been linked back to an addiction to the internet within our generation. So how can we snap ourselves out of the digital blues?
Limit Your Technology
There is little chance that you are using multiple pieces of technology for anything other than convenience. The screens are bigger on laptops and computers to be able to watch your favourite shows via a streaming service such as Netflix; your phones are portable and can be taken anywhere with you to get in contact with whoever you need to speak to; tablets are good to play around on when you want to be more portable than being plugged into a computer. Streamlining what you are using in order to only use one can be a hard habit to get the hang of, but what truly are you missing out on? You can get Whatsapp and Kik for computer, plus many other messaging services if you are thinking of what you’ll be missing out on from your friends. You need to compact everything that you can, when you can; obviously this isn’t as doable if you want to be portable with your device but also need a laptop for your work stuff, but as long as you try to keep on top of it, it will help.
Organise More Meetups
Generally speaking, a lot of meetups now happen as a result of interacting with somebody online. Whether you’ve met them on a dating app such as Tinder, are friends with them on Facebook or are attending a Twitter meet with your online pals, people are joining forces with like-minded people. We have entered an age where it’s more possible than ever to get out of the house, but we’re just not really doing it. We would rather speak to our friends online through apps than see them face to face, and the anxiety of having to attend functions where we will actually be seeing real-life people is getting higher and higher. Even if it’s just for a coffee, make the effort to meet up with your friends and make an effort to not check your phone while you’re with them. Detaching yourself from a virtual world can be a good thing.
Kick The Habit
There is a release of a hormone called dopamine every time that you see that you have been given a like on social media or have a text/message waiting for you when you look at your technology. This stimulates our pleasure and reward senses; we literally think that we are being rewarded for doing something as simple as uploading a photo of ourselves or checking in at a destination. It’s an addiction that is strong as illegal substances, so there’s no wonder that we are craving it – often without realising it. You need to do one of two things; go cold turkey or slowly wean yourself off expecting good things to come out of what’s sitting in your hand.
Get A Hobby
Spending time on social media is now a hobby for the masses. We waste hours flicking through photos, reading what others are up to and clicking through to outside links, reading up on things that we would never go out of our way to invest our time in otherwise. It’s not a bad thing to use the internet to your advantage and see what else is out there for you to get involved in. The crafting community is big online, and you can get so many hints, tips and tricks on what you need to do to get started with things like knitting, crochet and painting projects. Try spending time doing things which bring you joy that doesn’t diminish within a few seconds; giving yourself something to work on and seeing a completed project at the end of it is one of life’s little joys that can’t be bought or replicating. Spending your time doing it with the people that you love is another bonus you can get from it.