A clean break, part I

This week at Millbrook Beds we’re in detox mode. Putting smoothies and raw juices aside however, we’re focusing less on what we’re feeding our bodies nutritionally and more on what we’re feeding our minds digitally.

 

When it comes to social media, most of us know enough to know that after a mediocre day, spending hours trawling through other’s glory reels on Facebook is not necessarily a terribly good thing for our self esteem.

 

Likewise we know that having a Twitter handle doesn’t qualify the content or opinions of every would-be political or social commentator broadcasting their views late of an evening; and sometimes their prejudices too.

 

We also know that spending our evenings beavering away behind the glare of a laptop as we work late into the night ‘just catching up on a few emails’ is a ticking time bomb for managing stress levels, as well as for our overall mental and physical wellbeing.

 

However, in spite of this awareness – this pre-existing common sense from our fading memory of a pre-digital era when our lives weren’t lived around chargeable devices – these are hard habits to break. And for good reason because, for many people, these activities aren’t habits, they’re addictions.

 

A study compiled by the Psychology Division of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University gave credibility to a ‘Facebook Addiction Disorder’ likening typical addiction criteria including ‘neglect of personal life, mental preoccupation, escapism, mood modifying experiences, tolerance, and concealing the addictive behaviour’(1) in people excessively using social networking sites.

 

Does this sound worryingly familiar? If so, a digital detox may be in order. Stay tuned for the next instalment of our two part blog special ‘A clean break’.

 

 

  • Online Social Networking and Addiction – A Review of the Psychological Literature by Daria J. Kuss and Mark D. Griffiths (2011) International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University
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