Do you ever feel like a slave to your smartphone? Does it sometimes seem like technology is taking over your life? If so, you’re not alone. But have you ever wondered how all of this digital exposure is affecting you as a person?
Media and technology have become an intractable part of our lives, and both have significant effects on our mental health. Mass media is essentially one giant messaging machine, and the ideas we are exposed to through books, television, radio or the Internet can either brighten our day or trigger feelings of anger and depression. Meanwhile, the habits we form when it comes to technology consumption can also impact our quality of life. Every minute spent in cyberspace is a minute we’re not doing something else (such as taking a nature walk, or interacting with our kids), and these changes in behavioral patterns can have a huge impact on our very existence.
This section of our site is devoted to helping you gain a better perspective on the role that media and technology play in your life, and how they might be impacting your mental health for better or worse.