Beyond the Screen - Real Connections in a Digital World

Beyond the Screen - Real Connections in a Digital World

In the digital age, where our screens often dominate our attention, it's crucial to understand the impact this has on our mental health. A comprehensive study conducted by Twenge and Campbell (2018) reveals that increased screen time is closely linked to a rise in unhappiness and depression among young adults. This research, published in the journal 'Preventing Chronic Disease,' underscores the need for balance in our digital lives.

However, there's a silver lining. Engaging in real-world activities and fostering face-to-face connections can significantly counteract the adverse effects of excessive screen time. Psychologist Susan Pinker's research demonstrates the importance of in-person social interactions for mental health, reducing feelings of loneliness and depression (Pinker, 2014).

To add real value to our lives, we should strive to find a healthy equilibrium between our online and offline worlds. This might involve setting boundaries on screen time, actively engaging in hobbies, and prioritizing face-to-face interactions. By doing so, we not only protect our mental health but also enrich our lives with meaningful relationships and experiences.

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  • Twenge, J. M., & Campbell, W. K. (2018). Association of Screen Time and Depression in Adolescence. Preventing Chronic Disease.
  • Pinker, S. (2014). The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier and Happier.

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