These days our attention spans are shorter than that of a goldfish (which is nine seconds, by the way!) because we are constantly distracted by our digital devices.
This article will not be a lecture about how you should not spend so much time on your digital devices – because the truth is, we already know this. But it will provide some informative facts on the effects of excessive digital consumption.
Have you ever heard about attention deficit disorder? Sounds pretty complex, right? Well, it is quite simple. It means that we have trouble paying attention to what we are doing. The more time we spend on the internet and digital devices, the more our minds ‘shrink’, which changes the way we live our lives. Digital dementia, memory loss and irreversible deficits in brain development are just some of the findings medical doctors have written about with regard to ‘children who spend a lot of time on electronic devices, such as laptops and mobile phones’. The days when playing outside with other kids was cool and reading was a fun hobby are gone! But it does not end there. Have you ever thought that your phone was vibrating only to pick it up and realise it wasn’t? Don’t worry, you are not crazy. This is a symptom of Phantom Vibration Syndrome. We are so accustomed to constantly being connected to our devices that we even envisage our phones vibrating when, in fact, nothing is happening.
Our attachments to the internet and technology is also making us multitaskers. We find it hard to stick to doing one thing at a time. Whether it is watching Netflix whilst browsing through our phones, or watching TV during dinner, the idea of doing one task at a time is becoming nearly impossible. According to researchers, ‘If you were asked to complete a Sudoku puzzle and a word search, the evidence suggests that you would finish much faster if you did one then the other, rather than flit back and forth between them.’
More likely than not, you have been linked up to the internet and your digital device for much longer than necessary. So, for the sake of your sanity and health, try to take a break from it. It will help you in the long run and give your exhausted brain a break.
Do you find it hard to balance your use of digital devices? If so, come to our Addiction Cleansing Therapy meetings every Sunday at 4pm. These meetings provide great support and aim to help people overcome their addictions and promote balance in their lives.
The Internet and digital addiction is very common and many people waste hours on digital devices, which can have negative effects on their mental health. The digital world is beneficial; however, it can also become a great distraction and barrier in our lives if we do not control the amount of time we spend immersed in it.
So, if you are experiencing this and would like help, come to these beneficial meetings every Sunday at 4pm. Please call our 24-hr helpline on 020 7686 6000 for more information.
Event: Addiction Cleansing Therapy
Day: Every Sunday
Location: Rainbow Theatre, 232 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3NX