TEXT-SHAR­ING EV­ERY PROB­LEM WITH FRIENDS COULD BE MAK­ING YOU MORE ANX­IOUS

A TOUCH OF THE FO­MOS?

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

The con­di­tion ‘in­tol­er­ance of un­cer­tainty’ or IU, ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal of Anx­i­ety Dis­or­ders, re­sults from “neg­a­tive be­liefs about un­cer­tainty and its im­pli­ca­tions” and may be partly re­spon­si­ble for many anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and even de­pres­sion. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, un­cer­tainty and learn­ing how to deal with it prop­erly is vi­tal to our men­tal health. The rise of smart­phones, how­ever, has un­in­ten­tion­ally had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the abil­ity of many to man­age their FOMO (fear of miss­ing out). Rather than al­low­ing the brain to fully process the facts (and of­ten ra­tio­nalise-away any para­noid thoughts), phones con­stantly give us the op­por­tu­nity to check whether some­one has read our mes­sage or liked our post, or to in­stantly re­ply to some­thing be­fore we, per­haps, en­tirely un­der­stand what was said. This be­hav­iour of re­peat­edly seek­ing re­as­sur­ance via our phones, in­creases our over­all anx­i­ety lev­els over time, prevent­ing us from re­ly­ing on our­selves.

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