Too Much Technology is Hurting Our Brains: Here’s Why You Should Unplug and Slow Down

Too Much Technology is Hurting Our Brains: Here’s Why You Should Unplug and Slow Down

We carry a swiss army knife of technology in our pocket everywhere we go. 

Texting, emailing, reading, listening, watching, photographing; it never ends. 

We’ve all felt at some point that too much screen time is probably not a good idea. Now, the scientific studies are showing us we were right all along. 

Jumping from task to task on our phone has been shown to raise the stress hormone cortisol, something we definitely do not need more of. 

Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT says that our brains are “not wired to multitask well… When people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost in doing so.”

Experts on screen time and the brain have found that excessive tech time has a negative effect on emotional wellbeing and cognitive function. 

A study published last year in JAMA Pediatrics showed that excessive screen time negatively affected cognitive and language development and caused physical changes in children’s brains. 

The goal here is not to scare anyone away from using their technology; in fact, avoiding screen time all together is simply not realistic. 

The goal is to be mindful of how we utilize our technology and time spent in front of the screen. 

The science is clear; if we want to feel our best mentally, it’s time to reconsider our habitual use of technology throughout the day.

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