Our lives have been greatly affected by the availability of different technological advancements- the internet at our fingertips, smartphones in our pockets, and a laptop on every desk. Even our brains have to constantly race in adapting to this digital age. While these have done a lot of good for the world, I think it's also worth highlighting a few of the more recent disorders that these progressions might’ve caused:
A lot of people are afraid of spiders; some of the dark; others, heights- the list of phobias is long but with today’s techy nature, researchers have added one more. This "No-Mobile Phobia" or "nomophobia" is the feeling of panic one has upon being separated from one's phone or tablet.
Well, I guess our digital isn’t just making us feel a bit panicky- it could also affect our relationships greatly. Technological devices are found to interrupt people’s leisure time, conversations, and meals with their significant other. And as expected, this higher technoference can lead to lower relationship and life satisfaction.
Moreover, it just gets worse. A study also found that smartphones are interrupting even our sex lives. A striking 40 percent of participants said they are willing to postpone or hurry through sexy time just because of smartphone use.
- The phantom ring
Have you ever sworn you’ve heard your phone buzz (or, more precisely, vibrate) but when you go and check, it actually didn’t? Well, you may have this fauxcellarm, phantom ringing, or ringxiety. It may not be as serious as the first two but hey, it’s still annoying, right?
Sure, the internet may be helpful to some in understanding their possible illness but truth is, these online symptom checkers are wrought with inconsistencies and inaccuracies. In the broadest definition, cyberchondria refers to people who research and diagnose their own illnesses online. This can be specifically detrimental to people prone to hypochondria or abnormal health anxiety as they tend to get neurotic, and go down a Google wormhole, frantically reading about every dreaded disease matching their symptoms that as said, are most likely false.
- Truman Show Delusion
You might have watched The Truman Show film
on which the protagonist sensed that somebody’s watching him and this feeling turned out to be true. While this film was intended as a sort of dark comedy, it is not funny to those suffering from the Truman Show Delusion, the false perception that their lives are being broadcast. Though this may not be directly caused by our digital devices, it’s is still a product of our overly connected, reality-TV obsessed, social media–driven lifestyles, cultivating our most narcissistic tendencies.