We've come a long way in terms of how technology has shaped our lives and interpersonal communications in the virtual space. While it's a great medium to keep in touch with the world, see what your friends, family, and celebrities are up to, and do a million other things with, technology is altering our lives in more ways than we would like. Not only is our digital dependence physically altering our body, it is also compromising our mental health and emotional quotient to a large extent.
The obvious ill effects include bright screens messing with our eyes and affecting our vision in the long run, stressing our retina and leading to more severe problems such as headaches and even migraines. Staring at bright screens for long periods of time during the night can significantly reduce your body's ability to produce melatonin - a hormone which induces sleep - and negatively affect your sleep pattern leading to larger health problems in the future. Other physical problems that technology makes you vulnerable to are spinal issues that start from the neck, carpel tunnel syndrome, and so on.
Being wired to the virtual world 24x7 also alters our perception of time, and makes our brains believe we're busy doing something at all times when we're actually not being productive for a large part of the day. After prolonged seamless transitions from one device to another, our brain perceives everything we do as work, and that we haven't taken a break in the entire day. And that is exactly why we're so stressed, and drained of all our energy by the end of it.
That's not all. According to studies, each time you browse through social media, you lose a significant amount of self-esteem and experience dissatisfaction with your current situation. And in worse cases, this feeling may lead to disorders such as anxiety, depression, and so on.
While we have painted a grim picture of what technology is doing to our lives and our bodies, all is not lost yet. And no, we are not a generation doomed to die out because we have digital privilege. There is still a lot we can do to improve our lifestyle and curb the negative effects technology has on us. All we need is a digital detox from time to time, and here's how you should start with this healthy lifestyle.