Digitalisation is changing the shape of the world and changing the way people live their lives but digital distraction is a current issue. As much as digital devices are an advancement of our times and the online realm facilitates life on a daily basis, the entire phenomenon could be seen as a big distraction. But why is that?
People are now finding it increasingly difficult to ‘shut off’. There is a pressure to be available with online communication being instantaneous and more students are being distracted throughout their studies because of ‘social media’. Social media – what are the consequences of it?
Social media can bring about a lot of jealousy and fear in people. The online platforms and chat forums isolate people and create a sense of false hope, they make people feel like they have an abundance of friends and opportunities, but is it real? Meeting people in reality and having true human contact is what counts, that is what means something. Alongside that, depending on digitalisation on a daily basis means that there is a reliance on technology screens, which with frequent use, isn’t good for our health.
Researchers and psychologists all over the world are trying to dig deeper into the thoughts, emotions and triggers that are causing the distractions that are so obvious in many of our lives. Technology and digitalisation are distracting people from their goals, from their aspirations and even from their studies. Graduates may find themselves caught in an online sphere, because it has become the norm, and may grow to be afraid of entering the world of work due to the heavy use of social media and online. It is dangerous.
A growing number of studies from American universities are showing that the more students multitask throughout their day, the lower the grades are. Multitasking is becoming constant: while a group of friends are hanging out together, the majority are likely to be on their mobile phones instead of conversing. A lot of the time couples go out to enjoy a nice meal together and at one point or even several times will one partner (or both) pick up their phones and text somebody else – a friend or whoever it may be – the situation is worsening all over the world.
Basically, we all walk around needing to know who wants us, and who are calling out for us. And so, the norm is that you’re always on.
This attitude is contagious, and it is spreading to people who before may have had no interest in technology or mobile phones, but people now feel left out if they are not doing it. It is teaching bad habits that have now become uncontrollable and so ‘normal’.
So, what can be done?
Below are some simple steps that you can follow from today onwards to ensure that you stay on the right track and that you are no longer a victim of digital distraction. Rid the tech for a while and start ‘connecting’ with real-life beings…it’ll make you feel much more human and your emotions will balance into a realm of reality instead of being inside a realm of falseness that is full of fear, anxiety, depression, isolation and many more negative feelings.
• Limit the time you spend on your phone every single day – cap it and be hard on yourself.
• Leave your phone at home when attending an event and/or a special occasion.
• Don’t pick up your phone when around the company of others. Instead, talk to people and don’t be afraid to connect with strangers. You never know who you might meet or what opportunities may flourish.
• Make sure you have some downtime before bed. No phones or technology (including a computer/laptop and a TV) for at least an hour before bedtime. Instead, pick up a book and read!
• Leave your phone outside your bedroom when you go to sleep. If you need to set an alarm, buy an alarm clock! The radio-active waves are not good for the body or the mind.
• During break times at work and even the lunch hour, instead of catching up on social media and updates including emails, spend some time meditating or reading. Do more for YOU. Give YOU the time that YOU deserve.