TECHNOLOGY ISN’T ENOUGH
Technology is invented to make our lives easier, to make us happier and in many ways bring humans closer together. But sadly, whilst technology can help us to solve problems, it can also create them.
Ultimately we have reached a point where many of us have become so reliant on technology, that instead of thinking about the human we all are and how we work together, we get hung up on our technology, tools and processes.
In our ever-changing world, the use of technology is continuously expanding. It influences every area of our lives, from our ability to communicate with loved ones to accessing information at our fingertips. Unfortunately, we have also seen a number of negative effects of technology on mental health as well.
While technology has opened up links for individuals to readily access information, help, and support, there are significant risks associated with its increased usage. Specifically, screen time and social media use among kids and teens have been linked with an increased prevalence of mental health concerns. The effects of technology on children and teens can have an impact on social skills, their development and can be linked to a number of other subsequent factors.
Research has indicated that internet addiction, particularly among younger ones such as teenagers, is becoming a widespread issue. It has been linked to depression, low self-esteem, and loneliness – symptoms that often lead to diagnosable mental illnesses and worsening issues that were already present.
Technology is not the answer. Technology is not a resort. Technology is not therapy. Because we have a great technology does not mean our mental health is sure or 100% intact. Be watchful of the things you commit yourself to via technology. Be cautious and vigilant. Be aware of your responses and guard yourself. Technology is not always the answer.