The Medical Dangers of Overusing Technology

The Medical Dangers of Overusing Technology

How technology is rewiring the brain.
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“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”- Albert Einstein

Generation Z refers to the generation born between the mid-1990s up through 2010. Each Generation holds specific characteristics that identify what the majority of that population is like. As for Generation Z we have often been referred to as communicators, tech savvy, and sometimes narcissistic. However, It seems that the tech savvy area of these characteristics truly stands out over the others. According to global research, the average Generation Zer has the attention span of about eight seconds. It's quite shocking how short this is considering that Gold Fish have an attention span of three seconds. This is due to our fast paced lives that revolve around social media. We “have adapted to quickly sorting through and assessing enormous amounts of information”.

The future of our mental health is at stake. Information is processed quickly but not retained well. The new term,“Digital Dementia”, has been developed by German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer. Digital Dementia is used to describe how “overuse of digital technology is resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities in a way that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.” The overuse of phone use tampers with the developmental area of the brain. If we do not know when to put technology aside, the brain may not be able to recover from the gradual decay from this. Learning a new language, reading books, exercising, and learning how to play a new instrument are all things that help brain growth and development. We should acknowledge the importance of technology and how much it has advanced us, but we should also acknowledge the consequences it brings when overused.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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I Use My Phone To Write, Ask Me Anything

12-year-old me would be disappointed.

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I use my phone as much as the next young adult but I don't use it for reasons beyond social media. I check my accounts, YouTube, music and maybe reply to emails. I don't use it for school work, work in general, or even side projects. It's become such a norm to use my laptop that I convinced myself I need it in order to do work that needs to be done.

I use to write around 300 words a day before I was given my first laptop. I wrote stories and blog posts every week for my small group of readers. Writing on a phone wasn't easy but it was the only way I could read stories and write to them as well.

Since I first got a laptop, I stopped using my phone as a way to write. My laptop was more accessible and it was easier to catch mistakes. It made more sense to look for a larger screen. The con side was that because it became more accessible, I didn't feel such a weight to write.

I wasn't writing stories so much as I was writing a blog post and strange poems. My mind was too into reality with all of high school and college that fairytales could only be explored through other people's stories.

Recently I was left without a laptop at my disposal but my major is a huge reason I continue to have to constantly write. I have to grow with my writings and expand my thoughts from what I learn and what I realize about myself. For a long time now, I convinced myself that my laptop was my only way to accomplish a task. I had completely forgotten that I have the world at my fingertips with just a tap of my phone.

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