Imagine a day without screen time. Technology is rooted in almost every aspect of people's lives. People wear watches, carry phones, or have tablets that keep them connected with everything in the world. For many people, there isn't a time they aren't linked to something. There are some good things about technology. However, there are also reasons you should unplug from all of your devices from time to time.
There are benefits to being connected to the world outside of our lives. A few good aspects of being surrounded by technology include:
However, even with the advantages of technology, there remains a troubling side to being linked with everyone and everything 24/7.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts worry about the damage being virtually plugged in can have on your mental well-being. These professionals point to the increased risk of anxiety and depression in those that spend excessive time using technology. Excessive screen time and technology use affects your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Some of the adverse effects on your well-being include:
Dr. Michael Rich explains that the length of time you spend using technology isn't the problem. His research shows that how you use your phone, watch, or tablet is the problem. Your brain is continuously constructing neural links and eliminating lesser-used cells. Your screen time impoverishes the use of some of your cells, meaning you lose the brain cells you need.
The blue light emitted by phones and tablets disrupts your sleep patterns. The light decreases the amount of melatonin released, a hormone that helps you sleep. Additionally, if you're awake and texting or engaged in social media, you're not sleeping.
The games you play or the sites you visit help engage the reward system in your brain. Soon, you may find more pleasure from a screen than other things you used to enjoy. As a result, you invest in what's going on in the game over other people's lives.
Beyond the effects that screen time has on your brain, there are potential risks to your mental health. Too often, people follow accounts that don't always show the reality behind the screen persona. "Influencers" or friends may not post their imperfections or lows. Try to remember that not many wake up looking put together, their relationship may not be as perfect as you think, and social media is not the same as face-to-face contact. Put down the screen and connect with people in real life.
The reliance on technology for school, work, or social information is undeniable, making it hard to get away from your screens. A total blackout from your phone or tablet may be overwhelming or not practical, so instead, try to take small breaks. What does a small break look like? It may look like:
There are several reasons why you should unplug from technology. The positive effects a technology detox can have on your mental and physical health are numerous. Decreased screen time can help build the neural connections you need throughout your life. When you put down your phone, you also strengthen your creative abilities and improve sleep patterns. By detoxing from your screens, you clear a path to meaningful connections beyond relationships and activities. Unplugging from your screens allows you to re-connect with yourself. SokyaHealth is here if you need guidance in living without the constant information overload you're used to. Through the help of our telehealth programs, our therapists and coaches can aid you in learning about yourself. With our comprehensive care program, you can set goals, learn self-care routines, and find inner peace while helping you overcome your struggles. Call SokyaHealth today at (877) 840-6956 for more information on the treatment options available.