More news has been coming out about the various effects of technology on our world. As we all know, technology is extremely pervasive in our lives today! For some, it’s had an amazing contribution to their lives. For others, it’s detracting from their real life interactions with others.
A recent Gallup poll shows that those who feel that technology is causing them more stress still feel they have better lives! So low stress may not be synonymous with life satisfaction for everyone.
Mobile technology is at the root of this particular Gallup poll because of its invasive quality. It’s different from old school technology, like a desktop PC, where you’re not able to access it while driving or participating in outdoor or family activities.
Social media and other forms of electronic communication are the top distractions that lead to stress for many people. Our social and professional networks are always seeping into our lives. You’re checking your phone or laptop before bed, while on vacation, etc. Can any of you relate to this?
People who utilize mobile technology for work report working an average of seven more hours per week than someone whose job isn’t dependent on it. This extra time spent working and less relaxation time can also increase stress.
It didn’t matter what age, gender, or ethnicity you were in the poll, all signs pointed to the fact that mobile technology is a factor in how much stress you carry with you throughout your day.
The odd thing was, these same high-stressed, overworked, over-engaged individuals were the same ones who gave their lives a higher overall rating for satisfaction. They consider themselves thriving in life.
You may not really have a choice as to whether or not you use mobile technology, since it’s so much a part of our lives. Employers, friends, and family expect us to be readily accessible, but we can still set limits. Everyone needs a break! Set rules to reduce the amount of screen time, whether it’s on your phone, computer, or tablet. Perhaps you can set “technology free” periods for certain times of the day, such as during family dinners or while you’re exercising or driving.
As a highly sensitive person, how do you feel about the omnipresence of cell phones an other mobile devices? Do you spend too much time online or on your phone? Do you feel that technology helps or hinders your social life? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.