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In this day and age we are very fortunate.  With all the wonderful modern technological marvels we have that are making our lives easier, things faster and freeing up our time to do the things we really want to.  Or are they?

 

I love modern technology.  I love the fact that I can be plugged in anywhere, anytime and get real time updates when needed such as weather, baby sitter updates, family alerts and of course business updates.  But..... that all comes with a price.  There is also a negative side to all of this technology.

 

We are almost always plugged in.  Go out in public and look around.  Most people have their faces buried in a phone or electronic device when they are with friends or family.  What was life like BEFORE these distractions?

 

Growing up in a time before social media, cell phones, computers and many electronic devices wasn't bad.  In order to bully someone you had to actually say it to their face.  In order to make an unkind statement, you had to have a friend tell this person, call them on your home phone or do it face to face.  We did not have electronics to hid behind like we do now.  The aggression factor has come on fast and furious.  Now, children are not the only bullies.

 

Keyboard Warriors

Have you ever heard this term before?  A keyboard warrior is someone who would say something mean, condescending, hurtful or down right rude because they can hide behind a keyboard and do it.  There is no culpability, there is no human interaction to see how the person reacts to the statement just said so the person saying it doesn't need to feel bad.  Most people feel bad when they say something and know it hurts another person, they can see the level of hurt based on the other person's reaction.  With keyboard warriors, that isn't the case.

 

On social media, you can swoop in, say something unkind and then leave.  Blocking someone after you say something horrible seems to be quite common place as well.  There is a lot of aggressive behavior in the world these days, can screen time be to blame?

 

Screen time, can it lead to aggression?

 According to Psychology Today, there are 6 main reasons (below) why they feel screen time is making people more aggressive.  I realize this article is regarding children and teens, however, why can't it apply to adults? 

 

1. Screen time disrupts sleep and desynchronizes the body clock.

Because light from screen devices mimics daytime, it suppresses melatonin, a sleep signal released by darkness. Just minutes of screen stimulation can delay melatonin release by several hours and desynchronize the body clock. Once the body clock is disrupted, all sorts of other unhealthy reactions occur, such as hormone imbalance and brain inflammation. Plus, high arousal doesn’t permit deep sleep, and deep sleep is how we heal.

2. Screen time desensitizes the brain’s reward system.