The most addictive form of communication is the one that ALMOST works.
We ALMOST feel connected during that text messaging exchange.
We ALMOST feel satiated when we gape at the gourmet meals posted on Instagram.
We ALMOST feel romantically hopeful when Sima Auntie sets up dates on Netflix’s Indian Matchmaker.
We ALMOST feel like we are immersed in Bali’s paradise when we see a waterfall crashing on the screen.
We ALMOST feel belonged to a community when we scroll through Facebook posts and click “Going” to events.
Communication that ALMOST works to help us feel connected, has been linked to the leading cause of mental health in the world—Depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest, changes in sleep and appetite, and affects how you feel, think, and behave.
What has caused so many people to physically move into depression? Could it be the increased use in technology?
With the introduction of smartphones and a steep 92% youth ownership of these phone by 2015, the nation entered into a mental health epidemic with the rise of depression, suicide rates, and youth seeking mental health counseling. The increase in depression was in tandem with the use of smartphones.
The smartphones ALMOST helped people feel connected, however, left many socially isolated. What is supposed to connect us and open up communication, is actually pulling us away from genuine connections into physical and emotional states of depression. Although recent evidence suggests a correlation between social media and depression, we are learning that technology is not the issue—it’s the symptom to the cause.