It’s wonderful to have the internet and be able to communicate with the world, but there are problems.
How is your mental state?
We’ve already said about the care needed when using screens for a long time, but there’s another negative impact of constant internet access – the impact on our mental health.
20 years ago if the info we were working with dried up, or our computers were loading photos at a snail’s pace over dial up, we would just make a coffee and wait.
Now, brief interruptions to our connection can cause all sorts of strong, negative emotions, from frustration to rage.
Remember when power cuts were a more common occurrence? They were a nuisance, but rarely did they make anybody terribly upset.
Mental state is altered by feeling so connected
However for some strange reason our mental state is altered by feeling so connected, and when that goes away the symptoms are marked – especially with teenagers.
The older generation may find it laughable that a day without internet inspires such a fierce reaction from young people, but it’s not laughable – they’re genuinely upset.
Suddenly they can’t keep up with their friends, family, and the rest of the world in the same way, which causes real stress and anxiety.
It’s not just young people who get frustrated either. All of us have had a day at work where the internet connection refuses to co-operate, interrupting our plans and thought processes by failing in the middle of tasks.
No easy solutions
There may not be an easy solution, but introducing periods of electronic abstinence – for young and old – is a good idea.
Just as a fast from food can be good for our physical and mental state, so can a fast from electronics. A day with no phone or laptop – removing that constant accessibility – can be quite liberating, and help put things into perspective.
Of course, for those days you’re not fasting, a consistent connection will alleviate the aggravation that stuttering and unreliable internet can bring.
To find out more, feel free to give James or Linda a call on 01228 217171 or email me.