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How Technology Is Creating Stress And Anxiety In The Modern World

The Effects of Technology on Stress and Anxiety

By Kabinga Charline MazabaPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
How Technology Is Creating Stress And Anxiety In The Modern World
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In today's world, it's difficult to escape the constant bombardment of technological stimuli. We are constantly connected to our devices and the internet, and this constant connection can lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety.

Studies have shown that there is a link between technology use and stress levels. One study found that people who use their phones more than they should are more likely to report feeling stressed. Another study found that people who use social media more than they should are also more likely to report feeling stressed.

So what is the link between technology and stress? It seems that the more we rely on technology, the more stressed we become. This is likely due to the fact that we are constantly bombarded with information and notifications, which can lead to information overload and anxiety.

Additionally, many people feel like they need to be available 24/7 in case someone needs them, which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed or always needing to be "on" and be constantly available and the fear of missing out (FOMO).

But with the advent of things like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and self-driving cars, are we starting to feel over-connected and underwhelmed?

The effects of technology on stress and anxiety are numerous and varied. From the constant stream of notifications to the never-ending news cycle, it's no wonder that our anxiety levels are through the roof. A recent study found that the average person checks their phone 74 times a day, and that number is only increasing.

Not only does this constant stimulation keep our brains in a state of high alert, but it also makes it difficult to focus on anything else. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed and stressed, as well as increased anxiety.

Self Awareness Issues Caused by Social Media

Social media interaction has been shown to have an array of self-awareness issues, including decreased self-esteem, body image concerns, and anxiety. Social media can be a great way to connect with friends or family, but it can also be a source of comparison or damaging self-talk. If you start to feel down after looking at social media, take a step back and remember that what you see online is often filtered and edited. Everyone has their own unique story, so don’t compare yourself to someone else’s highlight reel. If you're struggling with self-esteem or body image issues, talk to somebody about how social media is affecting you.

Some Ways To Reduce Your Stress Levels

  • Take a break from social media and the news. It can be tempting to constantly check your phone or read the news for hours, but this can take a toll on your mental health. Try to take breaks throughout the day, even if it's just for a few minutes at a time.
  • One of the best ways to reduce stress is to disconnect from technology and go outside. Spend time in nature, take a walk, or just sit quietly and appreciate the world you live in.
  • To reduce stress levels, it's important to take care of your body. Make sure you get enough exercise and eat a healthy diet.
  • To combat burnout, find an activity that engages your mind and body. Some of us need to read, while others need to listen to music. You might want to spend time with loved ones or play sports. There are a variety of tasks that can help you unwind and lower your stress levels.
  • Some people find that talking to someone, whether in person or online, can help them feel less stressed. Giving the emotions of your day the attention they need can reduce anxiety levels.

Most importantly make time for yourself: It's important to schedule time for yourself each day, even if it's just a few minutes. This is time when you can disconnect from technology and clear your mind.

© Kabinga Charline Mazaba. All rights reserved.

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About the Creator

Kabinga Charline Mazaba

- Blogger & Content Writer

- Founder of the clothing brand "Lifemotiva": a mission to inspire people to live their best lives.

- I help people who have experienced trauma in their lives to heal and move forward.

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