Recently read one of the article from Brain Pickings called We’re Breaking Up by Rebecca Solnit about Modern Non Communication and how it is changing our lives . My mind instantly found words to conform the behaviors experienced everyday which I was communicating through words like addictions , dependencies on internet and phone.Undoubtedly internet has changed our lives forever and there is no life imaginable without internet,without our Dear Phones held in our hands constantly .
Being a digital migrant and some of you might be digital natives as well there is constant surge of anxieties within us all the time, for example right now I have switched the tabs on my Chrome Window once every 5 minute to check what’s happening elsewhere. I am always switching between my work laptop and phone. There is a constant anxiety to check Facebook or Whatsapp even if there is nothing really exciting happening .There is always this feeling of restlessness to keep switching from what I am doing currently. Is it lack of focus and self control or boredom ? Or is it FOMO , the fear of missing out on information ? My rate of getting bored of whatever I am doing is just ticking high with years passing by, I always feel an urge to keep switching my focus , my concentration to something else of what I am doing in that moment.This need of doing many things at one time , this lack of interest in one thing as soon as you start it, this lack of focus and attention of what a particular task deserves , it all annoys me in fact it bothers me. I want to be perfectly engrossed to what I am doing at that moment, that is how I was but not any more .
So far , I have been consciously minding myself and learning to discard these impulses, constantly reminding myself of how should I behave but the reality is the anxiety of Digital Age do exist and the struggle is also real , it is just that nobody is talking about it much until it will be an epidemic.The fact that you cannot be really alone even when you want to is disturbing ,to shut down your brain of everything else except where you want to focus is getting difficult everyday. To introspect, to muse requires lot of self motivation and practice than ever.
I am trying to regulate the behavior by switching off my data for few hours on work , going for a walk without phone, doing something for an hour without technology like reading a book , cooking , they are helping me so far. Do let me know how you deal with this untalked anxiety of our Digital Era would be great to know.