Is Social Media and Technology Stressing You Out?

Social Media and Technology May Be Stressing You Out: Here are 5 Tips to Retrain Your Your Mind

It has only been a little more than the last decade since the launch Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Along with that came the iPhone, iPad, Pinterest and Instagram.  Since then social media and technology stress and technology has grown by leaps and bounds.

Survey findings suggest that more than eight in ten Americans are attached to their gadgets on a typical day (86 percent say they constantly or often check their emails, texts and social media accounts).

“Constant Checkers” equates to Forty-Three Percent of Americans

For constant checkers, stress runs higher than for those who do not engage with technology as frequently. On a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress,” the average reported overall stress level of constant checkers is 5.3

How many times are you distracted during a day? 

Are you heavily addicted to social media? How many times a day do you check your devices? Do you think it is 10, 25, 50 times?   Now, take that number and multiply it by 25. That’s how many minutes of concentration you’re losing.  It takes an average of about 25 minutes (23 minutes and 15seconds) to return to the original task after being interrupted, according to Gloria Mark, who studies digital distraction at the University of California, Irvine.  According to Mark, “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity,” Mark wrote in the New York Times. 

Social Media and Technology Stress for Teens

Snapchat, Instagram and You Tube, according to Pew Institute are the most popular online platforms among teens in 2018.  Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social use, but it is no longer the most popular online platform.  Today, around half (51%) ages 13 to 17 say they use Facebook, which is lower now than those who use You Tube, Instagram or Snapchat.

There are mixed views of the effect of social media on people their age; many say it helps them to connect with others, some admit concerns about bullying.  Approximately (45%) believe social media has neither a positive nor negative effect on people their age.  Some of the respondents emphasize how social media has made it easier to communicate with family and friends and to connect with new people.

Teens describe their internet use as Near-constant

A majority of both boys and girls play video games, but gaming is nearly universal for boys. There is a whopping 90% who say they play video games of any kind (computer, game console or cellphone) per day.  Roughly 97% of boys say they play video games in some form. What kind of world is our youth facing?  Some 45% of teens say they use the internet “almost constantly.  Another 44% say they go online several times a day, equating to nine-in-ten teens that go online multiple times per day.

Addiction to Social Media

In Epoch Times, Silicon Valley software designer Tristan Harris has described in her trade lingo, “behavior design,” which is in plain words, the practice of designing apps and devices that get you to click and scroll more.  Harris also states that there are now advocacy groups which “appeals to product designers to create software that doesn’t exploit our psychological vulnerabilities.”

Take a Social Reprieve

Here are a Five basic starting point suggestion to retrain your mind:

  1. Charge your device outside of your bedroom.  Do not bring your device into your bedroom.  Charge it in another room.
  2. Turn off social media notifications so you are not interrupted to immediately check your device.
  3. Have unplugged designated times during the day.
  4. Don’t allow cellphones at the dinner table.
  5. Make a personal commitment to drive cellphone-free, by putting it on silent so you are not tempted to answer it.

Take Back Control

The consequence of practicing addictive social media is that we are overstimulated, over-wound, and ultimately unproductive and unfulfilled.  I believe we need to reprogram our mind to get your social habits in control.  We could schedule designated time allotments to check email and social sites.  I conclude that you will experience a more peaceful and abundant life with less stress from all our technology.  Whether we want to admit it or not, this all has an impact on our daily life and health consequences. Let’s start now to purposely develop healthier habits for our own sanity. Would you try it today!

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