Social media and the internet are great examples of this. Personalised algorithms are made to keep us glued to our screens, and the content we engage with stimulates the reward centres of our brain, creating an addictive ‘positive feedback loop’1.
The concept of technology addiction is a relatively new field of study, but its impacts on our health have been stacking up over the past few years – particularly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, where many of us were confined to our homes. Studies have shown that technology addiction and increased technology engagement are linked to disturbed sleep patterns, an inability to manage time, decreased energy, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, feelings of loneliness and more2.
Despite the impact to our health, technology is very much ingrained into our lives so here are three ways to build a healthier relationship with technology and set positive examples for future generations.