How Technology Overload Affects Mental Health

Even when you take your Neuroscience religiously each morning, the ways of the world today feel like a tremendous weight on your shoulders. 

It makes you feel beat up, run-down, and almost worthless.

Since mid-March in 2020, most families have been using technology to meet their needs more than ever. From social media interactions to Zoom meetings to grocery pickup, our lives are online.

That means technology overload can happen quickly. When it does, you might see these symptoms develop.

1. Sleep Problems

When people use phones right before going to bed at night, it becomes harder to shut off the brain. This issue can create racing thoughts, negative self-talk, and other symptoms that keep you awake. Everyone has a bad night’s sleep occasionally, but technology makes it a repetitive problem.

2. Visual Disturbances

If people stare at their screens for too long, they’ll risk overworking their eyes. This issue eventually causes dryness, strain, and blurred vision. It can even lead to visual changes that cause disturbances when closing the eyes to take a break. 

3. Weight Gain

Sedentary behavior reduces the calories the body needs to burn for energy. When a person’s eating habits don’t change, the result is often unwanted weight gain. Many people eat sugary or high-carb items while using technology, expanding the problem even further. 

4. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure and other chronic health issues can develop when a person’s body doesn’t get much movement.

5. Decreased Bone Density

People often use their devices while sitting down or lying in bed. By not getting enough physical activity each day, bone density levels can decrease, increasing the risk of a fracture or break.

The easiest way to counter these issues is to take a break. If you’ve been looking at a screen for an hour, take five minutes to do something else. It’ll help more than you might think!