I have learned that plastic surgeons are doing a substantially increased number of procedures on the necks and chins of younger and younger people due to their extensive use of smart phones.
A recent study revealed five ways we're not keeping our brains sharp enough because we're relying on technology.
Remember when speed dial on our landlines was a common feature and when you had to use someone else's phone, you couldn't recall your sister's number? That's just the beginning.
Here are the highlights of the study:
"Nomophobia" is the "feeling of panic" that sets in when you can't find your phone. This condition was discovered in 2012 by researchers in the UK. This panic can ultimately become depression. People may delude themselves into thinking that they can be without their phones, but they can't. Perhaps it's time to "practice" being without our phones for short periods of times in order to desensitize ourselves to being "untethered".
"But my whole life is in that phone!" No, my dear, it's not...
Yes, electronic devices are interfering in our relationships. This current study indicated that many of us allow technology to interfere with our leisure time, dinner time and even conversations. "Just a sec, I have to take this..." Think about what your behavior means to the person standing right in front of you. Learn to walk away from the person who chooses the person on the phone over you. Train them to respect you and engage with you when you are in their presence.
The study regarding the 5 new brain disorders indicated that technoference is "correctly directly with lower relationship and life satisfaction". That's a hefty price to pay for answering a phone.
Think you've heard your phone when it actually wasn't going off? Then, you've had an attack of phantom ringing. Clinical psychologist, Dr. David Laramie, wrote his doctoral dissertation on this phenomenon.
What causes this? Dr. Bensmaia, a neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, surmised "because your clothes are rubbing against your skin, you cause activity in the same receptors and that activity is just similar enough to the activity caused by a vibrating phone that it triggers the learned association and the perceptions of a vibrating phone".
So, you're saying that our cell phones have trained us well? Yeah, it's like that. I had to chuckle reading this part because I remember the first day our son went to preschool. I vividly recall him shouting out, "Momma, Momma!" even though he wasn't there. He had trained me well.
A mom brought her 16-year old son to me because of attentional problems. I diagnosed him with undifferentiated schizophrenia. I explained to her that ADHD symptoms overlap 17 other diagnosable disorders.
You know that ginormous list of side effects for even the most benign medication and you never experience those? Same concept applies. The internet is the hypochondriac's nirvana and just fuels the neurosis. Ugh.
The Truman Show Delusion was first identified in 2003 by Joel Gold who is the professor psychiatry at NYU's School of Medicine. He co-authored the book Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness with his brother, Ian Gold, who is a professor philosophy and psychiatry at McGill University. [Sounds like an interesting read.] They claim that this disorder isn't new, but is a new version of persecutory and grandiose illusions. Suddenly, I'm thinking "selfies"!
This is not an unreasonable disorder considering that there are phones, phones everywhere with cameras, cameras, cameras and multiple platforms that carry our photos to the far ends of the earth and even into space!!
As the article said, "Truman Show Delusion is a product of our overly connected, reality-TV obsessed, social media-driven lifestyle that nurtures our most narcissistic qualities". This one sentence nails the whole thing.
Colin Lecher at Popular Science explains. In the 40's, those with delusions thought that the Japanese were controlling their minds with radio waves. You've seen those characters on tv wearing the tin-foil hats? Yep, they're the caricatures of those fearing the Soviets controlling their minds with satellites and the CIA using computer chips in their brains to send them messages.
"Take your pick of the Kardashian sisters, then compound it with a dose of the latest NSA revelations. The resulting delusions aren't real, but they certainly aren't random: They're a half-skip past reality,a snipped of the world taken and blown out of proportion."
Just do the best you can. TTFN, Claudia