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Modern Technology and Mental Illness are Related

Black news from Pasadena - Religion - Social media and healthAs a modern-aged active person I've more Facebook Friends than the total sum of made-the-old-fashion-way-friends over the past 60 years. That includes all the friends in my life from elementary school to the local senior recreational center where I play Bingo and eat a $2.00 meal once a week. Many of my senior female friends are totally addicted to this new technology so much so that they seldom leave home for recreational purposes. Their entire social life is spent communicating on Social Media, except for church affairs. However, many of my male friends are worst; they are addicted to Internet Porn. I mean addicted like a junkie to dope because free on the computers. Nevertheless, more than an addiction to porn because of the easy access through technology many others have an addiction to Internet Poker and other gambling games. I know a man who lost his entire retirement funds through Internet gambling. These men and women were living normal well-balanced lives prior to the modern technology.

Teens and young adults have an even more serious addiction to modern technology than older adults, for instance Twitter. The lure of social networking is that it makes connecting and sharing so easy. In fact, it's so enticing that checking Twitter is actually harder to resist than sex or sleep, according to a study first posted in the Huffington Post. However, there are times when people must go without the Internet and electronic communication, unfortunately, much episodes actually causes anxiety. The same Huffington Post article reported that the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that college students who were forced to forego social networking for just 24 hours had withdrawal symptoms similar to those seen in drug and alcohol abusers.

Selfies are another major backlash in modern technology. Dr. Pamela Rutledge argued in Psychology Today that indulging in selfies may be indicative of low self-esteem or attention-seeking behavior. If teens and/or adults are allowed to continue taking selfies unchecked, it may spur more serious mental problems. Low self-esteem, narcissism, and depression have already been linked to high social media use, such as that of Facebook and Twitter. A study from the University of Michigan showed that high numbers of postings on social media were correlated with higher levels of narcissism. Researchers found that the more self absorbed a person is the more activity they have on the sites. The more 'likes,' 'retweets,' etcetera, that some people receive gives them a feeling of importance.

This obsession with modern technology is out of hand for the young and the old. We must heal ourselves one day at a time with small steps. It would better we back off the social media a bit and began to read newspapers again, make telephone calls and perhaps work ourselves up to writing a real letter, with pen and paper, and actually mailing it if only to a real friend. If you can't find a post office or mailbox use your GPS, I know you can do that.

[Richard O. Jones is a poet, clean comedian, author of nine books and creator of Ox and Donkey Relationships Cards for couples in crisis. Website: www.oxanddonkeyrelationcards.com, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]

 

 

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