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In an interview with Good Morning America, Selena Gomez is back to talk about mental well-being, a theme that is very close to her heart and that she has crystallized in the recent project of the Wondermind platform. During the TV chat, Selena said she had abandoned the internet for 4 years and was more than happy she did. She reiterated – which she often does, to tell the truth – that since social networks no longer have too much power over her, her mental health has improved markedly.
Selena Gomez has implemented a plan intense digital detox also by virtue of the bipolar disorder he spoke of during the same interview (“For me it was really liberating to know that I had bipolar disorder” he said), the suffering generated by the continuous confrontation with unrealistic aesthetic standards, by gossip and rumors related to his past relationship with Justin Bieber.
But, even without activating such a drastic anti-social defense mechanism, Selena offers us a great starting point to talk about right to stand-bya respite that, in frenetic years from the point of view of interpersonal relationships played on a virtual plane, we have totally forgotten to possess.
Disconnect for a while (or forever)
The feeling is that we have become accustomed to the idea that the relationship with social networks is a lasting relationship, sanctioned by a bond that cannot be severed. In short, a contract for life. And the most recent smartphone usage statistics tell us we took this relationship very seriously. One in particular revealed that, in response to the digital boom in the pandemic era, 86% of the people involved use the telephone while talking to friends and relatives; that 69% check their phone within 5 minutes of waking up every morning; that each user checks the phone on average 47 times a day, that is 17 thousand times and more a year. They seem cold and distant statistics, but, potentially, we could all fall into these percentages that tell us how much the relationship with the digital world has become important, defining our lives and relationships.
The consequences of these internalized habits on mood and well-being have repercussions on the levels of anxiety and stress; also affect the narcissistic tendency of each, often with unpleasant emotional consequences; they can increase levels of depression and exacerbate the feeling of loneliness. Finally, they can lead to disturbances in attention he was born in sleep.
Listening to feel good
A very recent research on the brain response to use of podcasts reveals to us how much listening becomes fundamental in contexts of noise, infodemic and digital addiction. The study, carried out by Tobin SJ and Guadagno RE, is entitled “Why people listen: Motivations and outcomes of podcast listening”: explains why those who have integrated this type of content in their daily life suffer less on the mental front, are more balanced, less obsessed with information and more oriented to follow the stimuli generated by intellectual curiosity. When compared with the results of recent studies on side effects of social media exposure, the podcast wins from several points of view: the habitual listeners of entertainment and information products of this type, in the research, are described as independent people, with less psychological discomfort and, in general, with levels of emotions negative like lower stress and anxiety.
It goes without saying that, for example, speaking of Selena Gomez, the singer and actress made the best decision for herself, imposing firm periods of digital oblivion to safeguard its well-being. And that podcasts – but the information content can change according to everyone’s attitudes – can become an excellent shield to stay updated without news and virtual relationships taking over the psyche. Even without deleting personal profiles on all the social networks on which we have one or eliminating Google forever from our life, nothing prevents us from granting ourselves periods of silence and stillness to regain the lost balance. It is an investment in our well-being: let’s make it pay off.
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