Smartphone use and mental health
Digital interactions may be adversely changing your brain! 🧠
The overuse of modern technology correlates with the presence of mental health issues. Internet users have fewer face-to-face interactions. Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) ruins lives by causing neurological complications, psychological disturbances, and social problems.
If you are feeling like overuse of the Internet and social media negatively affects your mental health and well-being, this is what you can do:
1️⃣Delete the most distracting apps from your smartphone.
2️⃣Stop sleeping with your phone next to your bed
3️⃣Start tracking the usage of certain apps. Why? Raising your awareness of your own smartphone use can be the first step in the right direction of decreasing smartphone use.
You can manage your digital exposure by using the T.I.M.E. framework:
⭐️Time-restricted – set a timer to accomplish your goal. Example: set a timer to do online shopping only for 20 minutes.
⭐️Intentional – does it truly benefit you? Is it a good use of your time?
⭐️Mindful – awareness of how you are using it and being conscious of the way it is making you feel. Incorporate pauses where you question the way you are using the tech and the way it is making you feel. Does it make you feel angry, envious or self-conscious?
⭐️Enriching – is it a waste of time or it helps you gain more knowledge? Does it make you feel more rested and optimistic or just distracted?
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