How digital technology affects our brains
Have you ever fallen into the endless trap of scrolling through social media, news sites, and forums? You decided to go on your phone for 5 minutes before bed, but suddenly it’s 1am and your mind is buzzing with the information you’ve forced yourself to consume. This is just one example of how digital tech can override our human needs (sleep, in this case) if we aren’t disciplined with how we use it. Instead of allowing yourself to naturally wind down, relax and process the day’s events – you’ve overloaded your brain with endless content. No wonder you can’t sleep!
Digital tech like phones, laptops and game consoles are a huge part of our everyday lives. But are you aware of how this technology can impact your brain? Although technology can be fantastic, when it is abused and overused, it can do more harm than good. When we allow ourselves excessive screen time, it can lead to:
- Inability to focus and concentrate
- Worse memory
- Disrupted sleeping patterns
- Lack of empathy
These effects are especially prevalent amongst children, teens and young adults who have no cap on the time they spend surrounded by tech. As well as making us feel sluggish and apathetic, tech can impact our mental health. Spending hours on social media can cripple your self-esteem, confidence and sense of self.
On this page, we’ll be exploring how digital tech can affect our brains, and what we can do to stop any negative effects from happening. Look at the resources below.