Focus on physical and digital stress Focus on physical and digital stress

Stress, which has always existed in the world, has a lead role in modern society with the connectivity needs that technological developments bring to it.

Medical Advisor: Juliana María Velásquez Suárez, physician and psychiatrist

Specialists explain that there is such a thing as positive stress, which occurs at a moderate level and makes us increase our productivity in order to respond to a certain situation. It only becomes a problem when this stress gets out of control. Juliana Velásquez, a physician who has a subspecialty in psychiatry and that practices at San Vicente Foundation Hospital in Medellín, states, “When our mechanisms for adapting to a stressful situation are insufficient, they turn up in our bodies as physical and mental symptoms.”

Due to the busy pace of modern life, stress is a condition that is on the rise. During the last few decades, work and social pressure have been the greatest triggers of this condition. New factors connected to technology have now appeared and have led us to discussions on digital stress, which is specifically related to the constant connection to information that we have access to today through mobile devices and social networks. “The need to respond to several emails in a short period of time, as well as responding to conversations on social networks during work or study hours, or the need to update information and news constantly in places where this is not allowed,” are some of the implications of this phenomenon. Read also: The effects of digital stress

2020 is the year that WHO estimates stress will be the leading disease in the world.

In multitasking mode

Associated with modern life, this condition happens when an individual performs more than one task at a time, which affects their attention and makes them more likely to commit errors and remember less.

Hyperconnectivity and Nomophobia

This first term refers to the excessive connection to digital information. The second term refers to the fear or irrational anxiety that occurs when a cell phone cannot be regularly accessed.

25% of participants from a 2014 study on cell phone use were found to use them in a way that could be diagnosed as pathological.

Stressed out children?

Children are accessing social networks and mobile devices at increasingly younger ages. To encourage children to interact with their peers, and engage in non-digital games and recreational activities, limit how long they can use these devices as well as the type of information they can access.

Reduce digital stress:

– Establish a schedule for checking e-mail, social networks, news, etc.
– Increase the time spent on recreational activities that require physical activity.

Fuentes: A preliminary investigation into the prevalence and prediction of problematic cell phone use, San Francisco State University. Organización Mundial de la Salud.