Recent statistics have shown that with the increase in technology, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have dramatically declined. Furthermore, studies have shown a direct link between increased technology use and decreased mental performance in almost all areas of life. The constant decrease of attention span means an inability to stay focused on one topic. This is because of the neurological damage that technology creates within the structure of the brain. Technology has been shown to severely and negatively impact the level of decision making and cognitive control. Studies found that the continuous flicking from one app to another damages a part of the brain called the cingulate cortex, which is involved in high-level information processing. Experiencing anxiety at being away from a phone or point of technology has become a reality for most people who experience an inability to 'switch off'.
At present more than 92% of adults go to sleep with their phones, and 32% of adults habitually binge-watch series. A dramatic increase of 70% young adults have said they experience significant eye strain. Excessive use of technology has been proven to cause emotional development issues, with many youngsters preferring to have important and vital conversations via SMS, rather than in person. Whilst this not only impacts their ability to communicate, this affects their emotional growth, as having an important face to face conversations is often critical not only to a successful conversation but in picking up the many non-verbal cues that cannot be accessed via technology.
Why do people become addicted to technology?
More often than not it is because of their desire to switch off by watching a movie or playing a game. Yet it is not authentic switching off because it is simply using technology to take a break which simply does not work! In order to switch off, a person needs to be able to fully disconnect from ‘the grid’, and find a space of solitude and peace in order to re-connect with himself or herself. The healing component of retreats is when a person finds the quiet and solitude they need to face the very issues they have been using technology to distract themselves with. This mental clearing is not only therapeutic but allows a person to have the time and space to heal and transform issues that were previously holding them back.
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