FACTS ABOUT DIGITAL ADDICTION

Tom Gary, was speaking at an event recently in the hall of an upscale hotel. On either sides of the platform were the  LED screens  of a very large magnitude that have become ubiquitous at programmes these days.While giving his lecture, he kept looking out into the front rows of the audience to make eye contact. However, as he looked out he couldn’t find a set of eyes with which to connect. Just about everyone was looking to their left or right,at his projection upon one of many LED screens. There is something so magnetic about these screens which they automatically hijack our attention.

For Whom The Beep Tolls

Even when we are not interacting with our phones, not expecting a significant call or text, even then, an important number of our brain energy is focused on anticipating the following beep or buzz from our phones. The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin,conducted an experiment where participants had to perform a series of tasks on a computer, tasks that took full concentration. The study indicated that those whose phones were in another room performed significantly a lot better than those whose phones were face down on the desks. Simply having their phones within arm’s reach, even ugly and on silent mode, diminished the available cognitive power of the participants.

Considering the fact that most of us live, eat and sleep with your phones within arm’s distance, simply how much of actual life are we missing as a result of being unconsciously distracted by the mere presence of the device, even once we are not taking a look at it? And considering it, needless to say, actually reaching it, is even worse. Our phones are becoming inherent, and dangerous he believe, facets of our very identity. We craft and create online identities that project not who we actually are but who we’d like the entire world to consider we are. Being forced to curate one identity is hard enough. However, needing to curate two identities — a real one and a screen one — may be the stuff that daily stress and depression is created of.

It’s now not only ‘Who am he?’ but additionally it is become ‘Who should he be online?’ We compare and contrast our real lives with others’ screen lives. We forget that just even as we carefully curate our online personas,so do they. Everywhere we look online, others are exuberant. A buttery croissant or cappuccino with a center drawn in the foam accompanies our friend’s smiling face and her status of ‘very happy.’ Whether she is actually happy and enjoying a croissant or whether she’s good mood perhaps tired or bored or confused and using the buttery croissant to numb her emotions — the subtlety is glossed over and what we see is her status of ‘very happy.’ We then, experiencing a deep and pervasive sense of not-good-enoughness, post a photo of ourselves, with perhaps a Monet landscape within our triple soy latte (anything to beat one’s heart in a cappuccino) and check in as ‘awesome.’ Except that,we are not.

At the least not until we get enough likes and comments on our post. Then, a friend who is also facing the same, sees our post of unbridled exuberance and feels exactly the same anguish  how come everyone so happy except her? And therefore the dominoes continue to fall, with each of us projecting that that will be not, in order to cover up our insecurity over that which is, and inside our simple effort to produce ourselves feel better, most of us wind up perpetuating the myth that haunted us in the initial place: everybody else is happier than we are. The differences between real life and the screen world is largely determined, and we begin to compare ourselves unfavourably not just to the neighbours, friends and co-workers as our parents and grandparents did, but and to our personal online identities. We don’t only have to keep up with the Jones or Kardashians. We’ve to maintain the very roles we’ve designed for ourselves online.

The Internet & Intranet

As soon as the internet reached mainstream India,his guru began cautioning people,“please remember to keep connected and to the internet.” And of course we can’t your investment intranet — our real-time, real life connections that are actually far better face-to-face than face-to-screen. Staring at a photo of a sumptuous feast all day will do nothing to satiate his hunger. To be able to be nourished by that food, she must reach through the screen, bring it in his hands and carry it to his mouth. In the same way, we may have a lot more screen friends than real friends, and our screen identity might be a many more exciting than our real identify.

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