Could Technology Be Taking A Toll on Your Holistic Health?

We are a technology-driven society, there’s no doubt about it. Our cell phones, computers, televisions and more provide us with information that’s never been so easily accessible before. Our children are learning of technology at much earlier ages, and technical fields are becoming some of the most prosperous careers to be in. Technology allows us to manage our tasks, research new information, and stay connected – what could be so bad about this? As you’ve likely heard before, “too much of anything is bad” – and technology does apply.

Madeleine George, Ph.D. candidate from Duke University, stated, “On days at-risk adolescents use technology more, they experience more conduct problems and higher ADHD symptoms compared to days they use technology less.”

There’s no doubt that our younger generations are dealing with some issues concerning technology, but what about adults? Holistic health refers to a person’s mind, body, and spirit, as all three entities that make up our lives are interconnected. With holistic health, we focus on the whole person rather than one particular ailment or symptom their experiencing. Technology fits into this by tapping into all of our holistic elements, which can make us more susceptible of developing anxiety, depression, and other related disorders.

Harvard Medical School stated earlier this year that technology can lead to hand pain, hand numbness, and tingling, as well as neck and back pain. Of course, this has a direct impact on the body – but it can also take a toll on one’s mind, causing more stress and anxiety than necessary. Our spiritual element is made up of a number of things, including:

  • Being able to help others
  • Feeling as though we have meaning and purpose in this world
  • Volunteering

Technology does have the propensity to take us away from these things if we let it. If we become ever consumed by social media and online news reports, we may be taking away precious time with loved ones or helping others in our community. The next time you use a piece of technology, ask yourself, “Is this benefitting my health and wellness?”

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