3 Ways Your Phone Affects Your Mind
3 Ways Your Phone Affects Your Mind
Our phones can control our lives. This is because there are many advantages of using them, like reading this Blog! But we also can’t ignore the negative effects they have on people.
The average American adult spends on average 2 hours and 51 minutes on their phone every day. This number is growing… some studies show that it may be rising to over 4 hours.
1 hour 56 minutes of that time is spent on the top 5 social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube). That’s 5 years and 4 months of your life on social media!
Here are the 3 main negative effects your phone and social media have on you:
We spend 2 hours a day scrolling through the highlight reel of other people’s lives, on top of trying to keep our own profiles fresh with new pics and snaps. In reality, it makes most of us sad and depressed.
The problem is we compare ourselves to others. Thinking and believing the lie that everyone else’s life is so much better than our own life!
Comparing ourselves to others only has two outcomes:
Outcome 1 – They are so much better than me.
Outcome 2 – I am so much better than them.
Both outcomes aren’t helpful to anyone. This is one of the biggest problems with social media, because of its competitive nature. Everyone wants to be the best.
2. Social Anxiety
It’s ironic that social media is often the main cause of social anxiety.
Social media makes us super self-conscious. So, when we talk to people in real life, we put pressure on ourselves to get social approval. This is social anxiety.
We are all equal in value! God made every one of us in his own image and social media makes us fear other people more than we fear God.
If you have done your best to engage and connect with someone in person, you shouldn’t care what they think of you afterward.
What God thinks about you is far more important!
The Bible says God wants us to humble ourselves.
1 Peter 5:6-7 says:
‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ Social media can cause pride (the opposite humbling yourself) and social anxiety.
The secret to happiness is not a secret, you get happiness from helping others. The fulfillment you get from helping others is so much better than being selfish. But your phones and social media are designed to make you more selfish.
Companies hire ‘Attention Engineers’ to make them more addictive. They design your phone’s layout, social media interfaces and mobile games like ‘Candy Crush’. They make our brains think selfishly.
We never think about messages we could send to others to encourage them. We only think about the messages we have received.
Bonus tip: There is a feature on your phone, and not many people know about this so pay close attention. If you can utilize this, it might help fix some of the issues I’ve talked about. It works with any mobile phone.
First, find the button that will either be located on the top right of your phone or somewhere on the right-side panel. Then, hold the button for 1 second and a screen will appear giving you the option to slide right and power off your phone. Use your index finger to move the slider all the way to the right and your phone will power off. Your anxiety should significantly decrease as a result.
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