It’s not uncommon to walk into a restaurant or any place of business to find both young and old glued to a small screen. Countless hours spent scrolling through social media platforms, that were created for us to be social, that has led to us being less social. Recently, I have been given a lot of thought to the effects of my phone and social media has on my life.
1. Loss of true connections: I can’t tell you when was the last time that I met a friend at a coffee shop or simply spent time with them. Rather, I have felt like I am somewhat connected to them because I see them post pictures of their kids and surroundings that I don’t need to connect. Because of this, I’ve felt over and over that I don’t have close relationships like I once had. That I find myself longing for the old days of going on a car ride or coffee.
2. Shortened attention span: I honestly didn’t know this was possible. I find my mind constantly racing and wondering all the time. It is hard for me to focus and remain still. While one could simply say you have ADHD, I think this is due to instant and changing information that is put on screens.
3. Overall Sad Outlook: Because of the information that is constantly before me, much of which is terrible news, it seems like a much more sad outlook on life. That everything that is going on is terrible.
There are much more negative effects on life brought by these wonderful devices. The question is, when are we going to do something about it? How do we reverse this? What’s your thougths?