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IN Lifestyle ON 28 Aug, 2016
More and more cases of clinical depression and mental disturbances are being highlighted in the younger generation, but have we wondered why there is such a rise in the rate of mental diseases? Many researchers have claimed that being on the internet can result in mental abnormalities. Studies have been conducted on this and it has revealed a correlation between the number of hours you clock in on social media with subsequent feelings of isolation and sadness.
Heavy internet usage is a trigger to cause depression in anybody and that's the reason why our social media loving generation is being diagnosed with depression more than usual.
There has been a rise in the cases of depression among people who reportedly spend hours on social media platforms.
When you're communicating through text, you chose non-verbal cues to express yourself that is not good in the longer run.
Due to the absence of your communicating partner, you can't understand their sincerity or sarcasm clearly. Your interpretation of their words mainly depends on your mood or the emoticons used. In such a case, you use your own internal filters because you are just reading words out of a screen rather than having an actual conversation. In such situations, a polite refusal to something could be interpreted as a rude dismissal.
Although, you may interact a lot on the internet and you'll have a lot of friends on social media, but this is preventing you from having real ones. When you're busy improvising your life to be a more social media acceptable one, you are losing out on real life experiences.
A like or a comment on your profile picture will never result in the same amount of happiness as a hug from a friend. Hence, due to this internet addiction, we lose out on real relationships and tend to feel more alone. Basically, having more online friends prevents you from making real friends.
Due to a fast internet connection, we're used to jumping between web pages and apps very frequently. This encourages multi-tasking, but in reality, it is just reducing your capability to concentrate on tasks at hand because you are getting distracted pretty easily.
While we're busy multi-tasking, we fail to focus on just one task. We also lose out on critical and analytical skills related to focusing on the task at hand because we're so curious to switch to the next. Hence, your ability to recall (memory), along with IQ starts to deteriorate. Basically, the more one multi-tasks, the greater loss in cognitive abilities there is.
When you create memories, it isn't just used for recalling purposes. You are utilizing various circuits in your brain that activate the sensory and motor areas of the brain improving their function. When you don't recall something for a long time, the brain automatically discards it as a 'useless' form of memory.
Every time you use Google to obtain information instead of using your recalling capability, your brain tends to discard some information that it had previously stored. The human brain is capable of storing information better than any super computer, but since we are depending more and more on search engines, our storage space, and recalling capabilities are also being lost.
Long-time usage of the internet causes atrophy of the brain cells and that results in an addiction cycle. When your brain begins to deteriorate, you rely more and more on internet usage because your memory capacity fails you. That way, the more you use the internet, the more decay your brain will suffer. It proves to be a very vicious cycle and ends in an internet addiction.
Even if you try to, you can't quit the internet entirely. Businesses, companies, and the basic economy depend on the internet these days. More and more media producing companies and manufacturers are switching to a more digital platform in order to reach out to the public. You're probably not an addict, but make sure you always remember to draw a fine line.