Technologies, such as smartphones and computers have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. Using smartphones and computers, we can order and get groceries delivered to our doorstep, enroll and obtain training in any course, send gifts across the world, apply for a new job, and even can work from a remote location. What’s more, technologies have also helped us stay in touch with our loved ones living in different parts of the nation and globe via phone calls, texts, emails, messages, etc. To cut the story short, technology has touched almost all aspects of our lives.
Now the question is can technologies like smartphones, computers, tablets, laptops, smart TVs, artificial intelligence (AI) devices, etc. impact our mental health? Well, it is what we are going to discuss in this blog post. Let us look at some of the ways how technologies can impact your mental health:
A large part of the population has a habit of using smartphones even after they go to bed. They keep on browsing through social media posts, read e-books, watch movies, and whatnot. The habit is particularly prevalent among children and adolescents that result in low-quality sleep which ultimately impacts their mental health.
Changes in Body Movement
The increased use of technologies implies less engagement in physical movements. For your mental health to be in a good state, it is crucial that you get yourself engaged in a certain sort of physical activity. If leaving your home for physical activity is not possible for you, try dancing at home at least.
According to psychiatrists, young children, who spend considerable time using smartphones and computers, have a difficult time in language and communication skills acquisition. The increased use of screens provides them with no time to interact with a human in person that hinders their psychological development.
About the Author:
Dr. Sanjeet Diwan is a psychiatrist in Bhopal with extensive experience in the field. He works with people suffering from various kinds of mental health disorders and offers them cost-effective treatment. He is a passionate mental health doctor who believes in rendering personalised treatment.