There are three main components that make up how we feel:
- Serotonin and dopamine levels
- Blood sugar levels
Did you know that every time you go to check your smart phone for a new message or alert, you are trying to give yourself a shot of dopamine?
No? It’s true.
Next time you go to check your smart phone and you realise that you have a message, just be mindful of how that makes you feel. If there isn’t a message, be mindful about how that makes you feel. Over time you might start to become aware of the different feelings each time.
We’re only 5-10 years into the whole mobile phone, text messaging, email, social media revolution, so no one knows the long term mental health concerns over smart phone and social media addiction, but it’s an addiction and of that I’m sure.
Whether it makes our lives become unmanageable is something that only time will tell. If you find you are constantly checking your smart phone then you may want to think about who and what is in control of that behaviour. OCD is simply obsessive thoughts that manifest into compulsive actions or behaviour. Repeatedly checking your smart phone is a sign of obsessive compulsive behaviour.
I’m more concerned for the current younger generation. The kids who are being brought up with smart phone technology. What’s the damage of this dopamine based addiction going to have in 15-20 years time?
Something to think about, no?