By EVA CHRISTODOULOU
Time and time again, we hear how invasive technology has become in our lives. And phones play a big part in this.
There was a time (not many years ago, I must say), that we only had fixed lines and we were not reachable 24-7, wherever we were.
Times have radically changed, and there are very few people on this planet without at least one basic mobile phone.
And even though this may be helpful in many instances, it continues to distract our lives in ways we may not necessarily think of straight away. The truth is, everyone wants the latest smartphone.
Most people love spending time on the applications that are available, endlessly being “in communication” with friends and acquaintances, or finding out information about anything and everything around us.
We are now expected to be reachable at any time of the day, and to be able to find out information at the touch of an icon.
Happiness, however, and stress levels, take a hit.
Professor Paul Dolan from the London School of Economics argues that smart phones have made people so distracted from those present around them.
With all attention drawn to the device and what it provides, people tend to not concentrate on family, friends, and building these relationships that really enhance their lives. Dolan warns that this may lead to mental illnesses if it does not stop.
He goes on to name a few mental conditions that have already been attributed to technological advances.
These include Internet addiction, and Phantom Vibration Syndrome (when people imagine hearing a text or call coming in).
If you want to live a healthier, less stressful life, switch off your phone for a while.
Pay attention to what is around you, including people you may have been neglecting all this time.
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Eva is the Research & Development leader at Leaderonomics. She believes that everyone can be the leader they would like to be, if they are willing to put in the effort and are curious to learn along the way, as well as with some help from the people around them.