In today’s world, it is becoming more common to see people that they cannot disconnect from the virtual world, not even when they are resting. Nowadays, our most stressful factors are related to work, social life, culture and technology and the stress resulting from technology is referred to as digital stress. Recent research has shown that some people experience significant stress and anxiety when they are separated from their phones and can even exhibit withdrawal-like symptoms, comparable to those usually seen when someone has an addiction.
Here are some of the effects of digital stress
A variety of digital devices can cause digital eye strain, including televisions, computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and gaming systems, especially when they are used simultaneously or when switching repeatedly from one device to another. Blue light also referred to as high-energy visible (HEV) light, is another cause of digital strain, which is emitted by digital devices and increases eye strain. It may also contribute to vision problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Red, dry or irritated eyes
- Blurred vision
- Eye fatigue
- Sleep Dysregulation
Lighting sources and technology have experienced a revolution in the last decades. All of the modern technology devices like computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets use blue light. Blue light’s role in maintaining melatonin levels in our body makes it a huge factor in controlling our body’s circadian rhythm. Our circadian rhythm is responsible for telling your body when it’s time to sleep and wake up, so any disturbances to this cycle will have an effect on our sleep. As a result, we may experience difficulty falling asleep or even staying asleep.
- Physical Strain
All that time in front of computers, phones, and tablets is affecting people’s health. The majority of youngsters are suffering from the symptoms of digital-physical strain, including neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Mental stress
The excessive involvement in the digital world can affect the mental health of a person resulting in anxiety or panic attacks, isolation or withdrawal from social activities, increased secrecy, anger, depression, failing grades, rebellion, stomach aches, headaches or other general body aches not explained by a medical condition.
Management of Digital stress:
1. Digital Detox
A recent study found that restricting smartphone use in the bedroom improved sleep quality, and increased happiness and quality of life. The British Psychology Society recently posted an article on how taking a five-day break from Facebook can reduce cortisol levels (a physiological marker of stress), and other studies have found a similar positive effect on more psychological measures of wellbeing.
Regular eye examinations and proper viewing habits can help to prevent or reduce the development of the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.