Taking care of your outer body? What about your mental state?
Research suggests social media is the millenial generation’s drug of choice. While not technically considered an addiction, excessive attachment to your device is becoming more and more commonplace and problematic. In 2010 a study at the University of Maryland found many young people describe their dependence on the Internet as an addiction, even if they’re not officially diagnosable. In the study, 200 students were required to go on a 24-hour media fast and then write about their experience. Overall the students complained that they felt bored, disconnected, uncomfortable, and anxious without their phones and computers.
These withdrawal symptoms suggest there must be some benefits to being “plugged in” all the time, right? For many people, the allure of being attached to their device is the ability to keep tabs on family, friends, and breaking news whenever and wherever. Compared to reading a book or calling a dear friend for a nice long chat on the phone, social media encourages brief, unfocused, multitasking-friendly “check ins” rather than long periods of absorption. For better or worse, smartphones make it easy to check various sites and social media profiles with the tap of a fingertip, all while keeping the rest of our brains and bodies engaged in other tasks.
Learn why regularly disconnecting from your electronic communications devices is critical, to give your brain time to recuperate and archive information. Taking time for your brain to “do nothing” can boost your productivity. Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Compernolle on that very topic.