How To Improve Your Sleeping Pattern In Technocracy Era
There are two things that have been changing the way we feel, sleep, and even think: social media and smartphones.
We are constantly looking for free WiFi, when we feel bored or anxious we take our phones out of our pockets, we have a hard time approaching someone else because we prefer the anonymity dating apps offer us.
And whenever we need information about an ongoing event we search on Twitter, and sometimes, the information we get from social networks is manipulated or twisted in favor of someone’s interest.
Today, I would love to discuss with you how social networks are molding the way we see ourselves and the world, and if you think you are immune to this problem, you may want to think twice about it.
The Problem With Social Media
Actually, there is nothing wrong with social networks. They were created with a solid purpose: to connect with others. To make sharing with other people something easier, to shorten distances, to discover the world from the comfort of your home.
The problem with social media is actually their users. The problem is us.
We got used to showing others what we do every day because we got approval from them. It’s a basic psychology behaviorism experiment; when we upload a picture and 10 people like it, that makes us want to upload more and better pictures.
Then we start using them (social media apps) more often because they are intuitive and are now in the palm of our hands.
Social networks are the place we go to show who we are, but we disguise it a little bit because everyone is looking, all the time.
It’s a place where we are heard, independently of what we have to say. There is always reading our comments, liking our pictures, making us questions, and we love it because we feel connected.
There’s Nothing Wrong With That, Is It?
There is nothing bad about posting a picture or a Facebook post. But what happens when our need for approval feeds constantly of these actions?
And even if we are not the ones posting anything, we like to see what others are doing.
Notice, for example, how many times per day you check your phone. Most of the times we don’t even have a notification waiting for us, we just unlock our mobile and open any app that can show us something we are not living personally.
Is it that we are having a hard time living alone with ourselves for just a couple of hours? It may be, what we know for sure is that this fatal attraction we feel towards social media is affecting us deeply.
We Sleep Less And Worst
Checking our phones is the first and last thing we do during the day; scrolling down for 2 minutes can become 30, or even an hour.
When we go to bed, our brains need less light, silence, and tranquility to fall asleep. If we check our phones before going to bed, the light of our mobiles, even if they have the minimum brightness, they are so close to our eyes that our brain has a hard time making us fall asleep.
Scientifically speaking, mobiles have blue lights that send signals to our brain to telling us is daytime, so we must stay awake. Then our brain releases cortisol hormones, the ones that keep us awake and alert.
And if we combine cortisol with the emotions we feel when we see something interested in our social media, we get distracted and fully awake. Which can explain why we feel so tired in the morning.
The solution? Put your phone away from you when you go to bed, and stop using it for at least one hour before falling asleep.
We Compare With Others Constantly
Competition makes us stronger, smarter and can push us out of our comfort zone; three things we need for survival and to be the best at something we do.
But constantly being challenged is not good for us; there’s always someone who’s better looking than us, with a better body, more money, better clothes, etc., at least that’s what we think.
Hence, when we have our social media feeds flooded with “better” looking people, we feel the need to be more like them, and sometimes we don’t have the time nor the money to invest on it, and we get depressed.
Young people are particularly vulnerable to this feeling, the effects of social media on our body image and self-esteem are ferocious, and can even help to destroy lives.
We need to understand that what we see on Instagram has a production behind, that people’s lives are not perfect no matter what they portray to us on Instagram.
And influencers, artists, people with many followers need to remind this to everyone else. That what we see has a purpose, and it may not reflect that that is what complete happiness looks like.
Since everyone has a voice on social networks, an event can be presented as one way or another depending on their opinion.
For example, we believe that a picture is worth more than 1000 words, but on social media, it can mean more than 1000 scenarios.
When we see a picture of someone hurt in a street protest, we tend to feel outraged and immediately call the police savages; but a few hours later we see a video of that person trying to destroy a police vehicle, so they actually had to use the force to stop him.
We are particularly sensitive to what we see on social media, especially if it touches our human rights and freedom. So to avoid falling for fake news, experts recommend the following:
- Do not share news unless you actually read them;
- Check the website where it was posted, it is very easy to create a web page to share fake news or satires;
- Take five minutes to search for information about what’s going on in other sites.
Fake news is very easy to spread because they pull out our most visceral emotions, and if you do not wish to spread anger or fear without a reason, please check your sources before sharing.
Learning to use social networks is something we should all do, and honestly, it should also be taught at school.
We see so many harsh comments online, even we can be rude once in a while thinking it’s just a silly digital comment, but words have meanings and meanings can do harm.
There’s no need to bully others, for any reason. And we could take a break from this constant connectivity and actually see the world with our eyes instead of living through a screen.
When was the last time you talked to a stranger in a library? Or what about walking around your city without specific plans?
Dare to go out there and leave the phone off for a few hours, I promise you won’t regret it.
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