Detachment from thoughts in the modern age

Monday, September 28

By Ariana Noghreh

I’ve recently come to the realization that I can’t think as clearly as I once used to. At first, I had suspected that it could be because I have too much on my plate: part-time jobs, familial responsibilities, and interacting with friends more often than I used to a month before. These could still have a slight effect on my recently fuzzy thoughts, but after taking some time to rethink I how spent my days and time-logging, I was faced with a conclusion that was worse than I originally thought it was.

It’s clear that our lives are now dominated by social media and we’re more than familiar with its adverse effects. We keep hearing about eye and posture problems, sleepless nights, a surplus in people with social anxiety and depression, FOMO, and spending more time on social media than we do on anything else during the day. But what you rarely hear about is losing the ability to think. We often hear the phrase “this generation has turned into robots” but have you ever thought about the extent of it?

I realized that I’ve been thinking in fragments for a while and that’s why it took longer than usual for me to become aware if I’m acting different or if something is bothering me. I tried to look more into it and I also realized that I’ve become more numb in my day-to-day life and I’ve also become somewhat less intelligent.

After doing more research, I saw that I’d spend 3-5 hours a day on social media when it’d feel like an hour of scrolling instead of 3. I then saw that this mindless scrolling not only contributed to my inability to complete tasks as well and as fast as I used to, but it’s also affected my creativity, my ability to use logic as well as I used to in the past, and my energy during the day.

I know I’m not the only one feeling like this, which is why I’ve decided to write about it here. This consumeristic world keeps getting harder and harder to manage for everyone, especially when it comes to the phones that we have by our side 24/7.

If this goes unmanaged and uncontrolled for too long, our dependency on these little “black boxes” of our lives will increase and it’ll be harder to gain back the parts of ourselves that we can’t seem to reach as easily as we once used to.

 

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