Overstimulation: The Biggest Problem To Face In The 21st Century

Overstimulation: The Biggest Problem To Face In The 21st Century

In a world where we're encouraged to absorb as much as possible, we've lost the ability to unplug and unwind.

We have become accustomed to instant gratification — and I do mean instant. A Google search can wield over 620,000 results in 2.5 seconds, while you can access millions of videos on Youtube at the tap of your fingertip. You can click that purplish-pink icon on your Smartphone that resembles an old Polaroid camera and you're exposed to over 700 million user profiles.

It’s all there for us to soak up like sponges — and we don’t just suck it up, we bask in the tub of stimulation until we’re as pruned as a dried apricot.

I check my Instagram as soon as I wake up. I listen to Youtube videos on my way to work. I watch Family Guy on Netflix before I go to sleep. Every single day is filled with harsh, blue-light images, or Aden-filtered pictures of what my 800+ acquaintances had for dinner that day.

Our lives are comprised of light, sound, and text that never ends.

It’s quite… unnatural.

I’m not a social media or technology basher, so please don’t take it that way; but, I have noticed their effects on society. I find myself more restless than I've ever been before, and I was quite the hyperactive child. My mind and body never seem to settle, as if there’s always a need for more and more stimulation. I can’t help but to think it's the same for other people.

In fact, I know it is. Almost a year ago, I was at the Newark airport on my way to Puerto Rico. I noticed that every single person was glued to their phone screen or the television screens, even when they had friends and family to talk to sitting right next to them. When I went to eat at one of the airport restaurants, there were tablets stationed at every seat with games and other applications. We actually had to order our food using the tablets.

I used to work part-time at a restaurant and I had the pleasure of serving a good-looking older couple, maybe in their late-forties. They had all of five minutes of conversation before the gentlemen proceeded to pull out his phone and check whatever notifications he received, while the lady stared at the television screen behind his head.

Is human interaction becoming too boring these days?

Every doctor's office comes handy with magazines and newspapers, yet we’d rather catch up on celebrity gossip and political news on our 4.7in display screens.

I mean, how can we resist when there’s moving pictures and bright, fuzzy lights jumping out at us at every turn? Words on a page just can’t compare.

And I find that a problem.

As we soak in more and more of our pixelated addictions, we become desensitized, itching for something more grand and interesting. Speaking for the young people of my generation, we can waste over an hour on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter… And be bored the whole time we’re doing it. I’ve seen people click out of Instagram, look at their surroundings for ten seconds, then click back onto the app they just closed out of.

I’ve done it myself. In today’s fast-paced and sensory-overloaded world, there’s no room for quiet time or intervals of nothingness. The idea of nothingness has become innately boring. We have to feast on constant motion and action, leaving us feeling fidgety or spiritless if we’re not doing something at all times. We have slipped into a cycle of self-deprecating madness, hopelessly trying to motivate and berate ourselves into being more productive and reaching our goals, only to spend a significant portion of our time on our apps trying to cure our boredom and aimlessness, which then leads to us beating ourselves up about wasting time on our apps.

We see images of people hiking, clubbing, or going on business meetings (from my personal experience, I can vouch that many of those 'business meetings' people like to post aren’t actual business meetings, but I digress) and that plants the seed for our restlessness to grow.

We see, hear, and feel too much, leaving us with a need to go, go, go (or compete, compete, compete). What we see and hear online poisons us into thinking that life itself should always be as sensational as the Youtube videos, Netflix shows, and professional-looking Instagram photos we see.

Here’s an excerpt from Psychology Today:

According to a recent study by UK disability charity Scope, of 1500 Facebook and Twitter users surveyed, 62 percent reported feeling inadequate and 60 percent reported feelings of jealousy from comparing themselves to other users.

We are so plugged in that we misconstrue what we see online as actual reality. And the crazy thing is, even though many of us feel negative after using social media, we just. Can’t. Stop.

We are so used to receiving that form of stimulation that life seems foreign and empty without it. The kicker is that it’s not. Life continues to go on whether or not we check status updates or watch a TV show. Our feelings of boredom are mental blocks we place on ourselves, triggered by weeks, months, and years of colorful pictures being thrown into our face. Overstimulation is what causes most of our day-to-day activities to feel underwhelming and uninteresting. We crave to be interested so much that we inhibit ourselves from doing things that are actually interesting.

Social media and other online sights are like the bad kind of sugar — it tastes good, but doesn’t fill you up. Checking posts are fulfilling for all of ten minutes, but then you’re left with feelings of dissatisfaction and boredom.

Unplug and unwind. Read a book, start that exercise plan you’ve been wanting to for a while, or get started on that business proposal. The less stimulated you are, the more productive and fulfilled you’ll be. Our brains are the OG of televisions and social media — it’s all the entertainment we ever need.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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