Technology and Mental Health

Technology has become an integral part of our lives.

With the acceleration of technology in recent years, it has become irreplaceable in our lives. Although many times it has effects that make life easier, sometimes there are moments that can force people psychologically. It is the duty of adults to be protected from the effects of technology, which fills an important part of life for both children and adults, and to protect children.

For mental development, the brain must be meticulously protected for the first 20-25 years of life.

Especially for children, smartphones and tablets are becoming indispensable. Parents, on the other hand, from time to time to breathe a little, and from time to time, can not resist the insistence of their children and allow them to be intertwined with digital devices.

Many organs of a newborn baby have completed their development. Organs such as the fontanel (fontanel) located at the junction of the skull bones complete their development shortly after birth. However, the brain needs about 20-25 years to complete its development. Accordingly, many things to be considered regarding mental development should be meticulously protected for the first 20-25 years. For example, while socializing with their peers, children learn to play, argue, resolve conflict, love, protect boundaries, and many other skills. However, children who are immersed in playing with technological devices and stay away from human communication stay away from the chance to experience this experience. These children, who also spend less time with their parents and siblings, may not learn to recognize, express and cope with their emotions. They may miss an opportunity to advance their communication skills and emotional development. In addition, it has been proven by many studies that the electromagnetic waves of technological devices negatively affect the developing brain.

Photos and videos on social media that last a few seconds and are easily replaceable make it hard to be patient with the stagnation of real life.

With the introduction of technology into our lives, we can count many physical problems such as insomnia, eyestrain, posture disorder, physical problems due to insufficient physical activity. In addition to these, it is possible to talk about psychological effects that overwhelm people. For example, constantly encountering content on social media causes the mind to get used to this speed, and individuals’ trying to catch this speed in life causes them to exhibit an impatient attitude even if they cannot. Photos and videos that last a few seconds and are easily replaceable make it hard to be patient with the stagnation of real life.

Especially for adolescent individuals who have difficulty in getting used to their changing new bodies, altered bodies can be accepted as a standard, as well as eating disorders.

Watching unreal lives and comparing them with their own lives is another problem created by technology. These lives, which are constantly exposed, can make this unreality ordinary after a while and lead individuals to the misconception that it is normal. In a process where these lives are believed to be ordinary despite being far from reality, individuals may try to fit their lives into this mold by force. When it doesn’t fit, it will be possible to face disappointment, anger, sadness, and perhaps mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Especially for adolescent individuals who have difficulty in getting used to their changing new bodies, altered bodies can be accepted as a standard, as well as eating disorders.

Being unable to stay away from technology delays and complicates the transition to sleep.

Sleep disorders and consequent difficulties in focusing can be interpreted as another result of technological devices. Being unable to stay away from technology delays and complicates the transition to sleep. A good night’s sleep, on the other hand, manifests itself in the next day with symptoms such as absent-mindedness, inability to focus, and physical fatigue. For a good night’s sleep, all electronic devices should be taken out of the bedroom and it should be expected to fall asleep without tiring the mind with technology, even if it takes a long time. The brain likes to categorize, so the bed should be a place used for sleep, not a place used for studying, doing work, spending time. In this way, the message that it is necessary to sleep when going to bed can be conveyed to the mind more easily.

Technology does not only produce negative consequences.

So far, we have always talked about the negative consequences, but of course, the technology that is newly established in our lives, of course, also has positive effects on human psychology. For example, since it is a useful way for communication, individuals owe technology to be close enough to receive social support, even in other cities or countries. It is also seen that people who experience negative life events such as grief and peer bullying come together through social media and hold virtual meetings, thus creating a social support network for themselves. Individuals who have difficulty leaving the house can access psychological support via the internet, and students who do research for their courses can access articles and books over the internet. We have discovered the place of technology in our lives much more clearly, especially in the process of experiencing a worldwide epidemic and staying at home.

In addition to these, it is known that technology and social media are also effective with dopamine release. Dopamine is a natural chemical substance found in the human body and directly affects the emotional state of people. Dopamine, a hormone that triggers the feeling of reward, motivation and happiness, also increases the use of social media as it gets appreciated. We can say that there are parts of technology that are beneficial for psychological health, as it provides a momentary well-being.

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