Effect of Technology on Mental Health

As we increase our use of phones and technology, the balance seems to be shifting from these being tools of productivity to us becoming slaves to machines. Here are a collection of articles that offer some food for thought about your ever-increasing use of technology. How does this affect our attention span? Our ability to think? What happens when children today are growing in a society where the use of screens and technology becomes saturated to the point the know nothing of a world that is offline?

News Articles

On the world before the Internet

“We were lucky; so, so lucky. We didn’t have the whole world at our fingertips, at the tap of a screen, so we had to focus on the world around us, and on the world in our heads.”Christina Patterson

On Technology

“One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens.” – Joshua Foer

On Social Media

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

On the salience of video and pictures

“We've been reading words for several hundred years, listening to words for thousands, and learning from images for millions of years. We, as a species, are great with images. We can interpret / absorb an image 50x faster than words, as we've had a lot more practice with visuals. Just as music is cemented into our being in the late teen years, the images of our early childhood become fixed into our gray matter.” –- Scott Galloway