Just a thought. My last post on Taking the Dive – Cliff Divers was a “jumping off point” for looking at how we spend time and if are we spending too much time online. I was watching, not participating, so is that no different from looking at a computer screen? Why, yes it is because I was there taking in the full experience, like I said in the post, Waiting for the Sun to Set. All three posts and one coming up have a connection of thought.
Seems hypocritical to mention wasting time looking at beach scenes, no? When you consider how beneficial it is to mental and physical well-being, taking a vacation is a great remedy. But constantly being on the web for social interaction or blogging? Does it make us lazy or do the neurosciences have a warning for us?
That is a really good question and science still does not have any concrete theories on detrimental cause/effect on moderate use, (except for internet addition of those of constant use or how it affects sleep patterns if on the web late at night). You can’t get addicted to blogs (but maybe the act of blogging), but you can easily tire of them.
Our world changes at earth-shattering pace. Technology at record pace itself. So being connected to the world for information has its good points. Ironically though, from the safety of our media screens, the emotional content of film, video and television can affect the psychological mood or health of a person.
Today, attention is constantly directed toward stimuli that is streaming TO us. TV, radio, cell phones and the internet bombard us constantly. We generally are passive participants, not actually engaged in the adventure of others. It seems this would for certain have psychological or sociological effect.
Scary things happen in the world, and people do have the curiosity to want to know those things. We get information on violence, famine, the Earth warming with glaciers melting, the political unrest around the world, and a whole host of other calamities.
The linked article above studied people watching these negative news reports and you just might be surprised how it affects us. We are bombarded all the time by negative or frightening news. My next post looks at a scary issue affecting this world and how one country is dealing with it and our country not so much.
If that’s the case, take stock in what is wasting your time, limiting your possibilities or ruining your day with worry. While I like to keep current, bad or exasperating news puts people in sad or miffed moods.
After having health issues these last few years, (after a life-long job working at a computer desk in architecture and graphics), I learned how this sedentary activity was affecting my health. Electrical activity to muscles drops dramatically or ceases. I walk a lot now, miles and miles a day, and am now on the web infrequently.
Many of my posts get written when I am stuck and unable to get up and roam about (like on a plane). Scientific reports have led to studies on the relationship between physical activity, physical fitness, and cardiovascular health. It seems staying active is the best medicine one can engage.
So what is the internet good for? I think it is great for learning and great for inspiring. And pretty darn good for seeing the world.