Even though it’s called social media, apps like Facebook and Instagram might be negatively impacting your mental health and relationships. It is important to have family time without technology every day to boost your social connections and improve your overall well-being. If technology has taken over the way that you interact with the world around you, it’s time to unplug and reassess.
Technology Affects Your Well-Being
Believe it or not, a recent study demonstrated that young adults who used platforms like Facebook and Snapchat the most felt the strongest feelings of social isolation. Instead of connecting and engaging with friends and family, most adults end up feeling left out and more alone. While studies cannot definitively nail down direct causation, it’s clear that using more technology and social media does not improve your well-being. By spending time without looking at what others are buying or eating, you can focus on the wonderful things that you have in your life, which boosts your physical and mental well-being.
Technology Affects Your Relationships
Too much technology time can have a devastating effect on your familial and romantic relationships. A number of research studies have examined how cell phones and social media affect relationships, with mixed results. Cell phones can increase your connectedness throughout the day thanks to text messaging, which increases your sense of security. However, if you are pulling your phone out throughout the day to text your partner, you are negatively impacting the relationships that you have with your co-workers, your family members, and your friends. By unplugging on date nights or during family dinner, you can make authentic connections with those around you instead of worrying about the number of followers you have on Instagram.
Technology Affects Your Mental Health
Like many subtle addictions, technology and smartphones seem like they improve our lives. In reality, the overuse of technology can do incredible damage to your mental health. While technology changes every day to better meet our needs, that constant state of change also means constant adaptation in our personal and professional lives. Instead of waiting to see what memo was on your desk Monday morning, you can see it in your inbox on Saturday afternoon at family dinner. This constant state of work can negatively impact your happiness.
Technology, as stated above, can also increase your sense of isolation. While we are more technologically connected to those around the world than ever before, we are also more likely to be living alone or spending little time in person with friends. By focusing your energy on cultivating in-person relationships, instead of opening Netflix to finish the 6th season of a show you’ve already seen 3 times, you will be increasing your sense of belonging and improving your mental health.
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