Examining how technology shapes our mental well-being and its role in contributing to depressive symptoms
In the digital age, technology has become an integral part of our lives, shaping our ideas, interactions, experiences, and perceptions about the world. While technology has given us numerous benefits and provided opportunities for connectivity and education, it has also presented challenges to our mental health.
Technology has advanced tremendously, transforming nearly every aspect of human life, be it in fields such as education, healthcare, communication, transportation, etc. Technology has made things easier and more affordable. For example, technologies like social media, smartphones, etc., have revolutionized how we communicate, allowing us to connect with people all over the world. Advances in medical technology have led to improved treatment, diagnosis, and overall health outcomes. Life-threatening diseases can now be cured with technology, and transportation has become more accessible, enabling travel to other countries in just a few days.
In this technological era, the education system has also improved, with online classes and study materials available for every subject on the Internet. Students can pay for high-quality education through online modes. Similarly, shopping has transitioned to online platforms, allowing people to purchase clothes, shoes, books, bags, etc., from the comfort of their homes. Today, even food and daily-use items can be ordered online and delivered to our doorsteps. Overall, technological advancements have reshaped societies, economies, and cultures, offering both opportunities and challenges as we navigate the complexities of the modern world.
However, technology has also been associated with negative impacts on our mental health, most notably depression. Depression can have many causes, such as family pressure, academic pressure, life trauma, events, etc. It significantly affects our ability to function in daily life, impacting our performance at school and work. Individuals with depression may isolate themselves, leading to feelings of loneliness and affecting their physical and mental health. Some individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol, further straining relationships with family, friends, and society. Depressive symptoms can also affect concentration levels, resulting in problems at work and in academics.
Technology itself can contribute to depression. Excessive use of social media and entertainment can lead to isolation and loneliness, increasing the chances of depression. Comparing oneself to unrealistic standards promoted on social media can lead to feelings of low self-esteem and inadequacy. Additionally, late-night use of electronic devices can disrupt sleep patterns, contributing to depressive symptoms. Cyberbullying, facilitated by internet accessibility, can also lead to emotional consequences and depressive symptoms.
Excessive dependence on technology, prioritizing online interactions over real-life activities and relationships, can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. Furthermore, while online marketing has brought significant benefits, it has also contributed to unemployment, particularly among modern youth, leading to depression.
In conclusion, while technology has brought about numerous advancements and conveniences, it also carries significant implications for our mental health, particularly its role in contributing to depression. It is important to recognize that technology itself is not inherently negative, but rather it is how we interact with and depend on technology that can impact our mental health.
The writer is a student at Government Degree College Sogam and can be reached at [email protected]