Technology, which makes our lives easier, brings us together with our loved ones thousands of kilometers away, and offers an endless source of information, can sometimes seriously affect our mental health. One of the experts of DoktorTakvimi.com, Uzm. Cl. Ps. Esin Kırcalı discusses the positive and negative effects of technology on people.
In recent years, technology has become irreplaceable in our lives. Most of the time, technology makes our lives easier, sometimes there are moments that can force people psychologically. It is the duty of adults to be protected from the effects of technology, which fills an important part of life for both children and adults, and to protect children. One of the experts of DoktorTakvimi.com, Uzm. Cl. Ps. Esin Kırcalı talks about how technology affects our mental health.
Especially children show great interest in smartphones and tablets. Parents, on the other hand, from time to time to breathe a little, and from time to time, can not resist the insistence of their children and allow them to be intertwined with digital devices. Stating that for mental development, the brain should be meticulously protected in the first 20-25 years of life. Cl. Ps. Kırcalı underlines that spending a lot of time with technological devices affects children's communication skills and emotional development: “For example, while children socialize with their peers, they learn to play, discuss, resolve conflict, love, protect their boundaries and many other skills. However, children who are immersed in playing with technological devices and staying away from human communication stay away from the chance to experience this experience. These children, who also spend less time with their parents and siblings, may not learn to recognize, express and cope with their emotions. In addition, it has been proven by many studies that the electromagnetic waves of technological devices negatively affect the developing brain.
Tamed bodies on social media may cause eating disorders in adolescents
Technology; In addition to many problems such as insomnia, eyestrain, posture disorder, physical problems due to insufficient physical activity, it can also cause psychological effects that overwhelm people. E.g; Since constantly encountering content on social media causes the mind to get used to this speed, individuals try to catch up with this speed in life, and if they can't, they show an impatient attitude. exp. Cl. Ps. Kırcalı draws attention to the fact that photos and videos that last a few seconds and can easily be replaced make it difficult to be patient with the stagnation of real life.
Reminding that watching unreal lives and comparing these lives with one's own life is another problem created by technology, Uzm. Cl. Ps. Kırcalı continues his words as follows: “After a while, a person may try to fit his own life into this mold forcibly, since it is believed that these lives are ordinary even though they are far from reality. When it doesn't fit, it has to face disappointment, anger, sadness, and perhaps mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Especially for adolescents who find it difficult to adjust to their changing new bodies, the standard acceptance of filter-shaped bodies can lead to eating disorders.”
Being unable to stay away from technology makes it difficult to fall asleep
Stating that sleep disorders and the resulting problems in focusing can be interpreted as another result of technological devices, DoctorTakvimi.com experts, Uzm. Cl. Ps. Kırcalı said, “Not being able to stay away from technology delays and complicates the transition to sleep. A good night's sleep, on the other hand, manifests itself the next day with symptoms such as absent-mindedness, inability to focus, and physical fatigue. For a good night's sleep, it is necessary to take all electronic devices out of the bedroom and fall asleep without tiring the mind with technology, even if it takes a long time.
Technology does not only have negative consequences, it also affects human psychology positively. E.g; Since technology is a useful way of communication, people can establish closeness with their friends, family and loved ones to receive social support, even in other cities or even in other countries. Individuals who have difficulty leaving home can access psychological support over the internet, and students who are doing research for their courses can access articles and books from tens of thousands of different sources. Underlining that we have discovered the place of technology in our lives much more clearly, especially in the process of experiencing a worldwide epidemic and staying at home, Uzm. Cl. Ps. Kırcalı continues: “It is known that technology and social media are also effective in dopamine release. Dopamine, a natural chemical in our body, directly affects the mood of people. Dopamine, a hormone that triggers the feeling of reward, motivation and happiness, also increases the use of social media as it gets appreciated. We can also say that there are areas where technology provides benefits for psychological health, as it provides a momentary well-being.”