I’m Dying For A Hug
We live a time that has been defined by its scholars as the loneliest civilisation in human history.
With the advances in communication and the standard of living it’s highest in all recorded history, you would think this could not possibly be true, but it is.
A Breed of Selfishness
Intimacy is so crucial to the development and the survival of the human species, it sets up the framework to the health and development of our entire neurobiological system. Intimacy, physical contact, facial mimicry and emotional validation impact the structure of your brain and how well your cells will function.
The more reciprocal physical connections you have the lower your risk is of developing a stress-related illness. You will live longer, get sick less often and feel as though your life has more meaning.
It is not new news that the smartphone has decimated our social structures and chemical bonds – since 2012 the rate of youth suicide has risen exponentially; along with heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and of course the basket of mental illnesses associated to loneliness and stress.
As we look at the hiking statistics of human unhappiness and mental illness it can’t be overlooked that one of the major contributors is the lack of social interactions. Social and emotional isolation and the poor quality of our already established relationships has crippled our health and wellbeing.
So why is it we can’t stop taking selfies and talk to our friends in person?
Some of the answers can be found in the research and analytics surrounding the study of narcissism and self-entitlement over the last 20 years. It appears we may be losing the skills to interact empathetically and compassionately.
The narcissism epidemic – ABC Radio National
Lynn Malcolm – 21 December 2014
Are we in the midst of a narcissism epidemic? Attention seeking behaviour, the need to stand out, an increased focus on image, fame and money seem to be on the rise. Researchers from the U.S. have found that young people’s average scores against the Narcissistic Personality Inventory are significantly higher than in previous generations. We explore the causes, symptoms and possible solutions to this growing trend of self-obsession.
Are smartphones causing more teen suicides?
Increases in depression and suicide appeared among teens in 2012 – the same time smartphone ownership became the norm
EVEN JUST THE PRESENCE OF A SMARTPHONE LOWERS THE QUALITY OF IN-PERSON CONVERSATIONS
This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.
It is not intended to replace medical advice.
If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.
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