Modern-Day Plague: Burnout, FOMO, Depression, and Anxiety

Someties going online can be dangerous for our health.
It's about time we talk about the elephant in the room - our modern-day plague made up of various rapidly spreading symptoms and diseases. On the table, we have burnout, FOMO, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and so on.

Should we battle them? Let's start with a simple request - don't save this article for later.

Many clues point to the Internet as a source of psychological problems and insecurities. After some time the virtual portal is starting to insert unnecessary thoughts in your mind which is already flooded with superfluous information. 

Going online feels like today's opening of Pandora's Box.
It may sound a little dangerous, that's why we should take some precautions.

Work 'till you burnout

The education system is a child of capitalism structured in a way that prepares you not for everyday life, but for work. And the tension is real - at some point you probably woke up at night, all sweaty, thinking about your project's deadline.

There's something hypocritical in the constant social tension that is pushing us to reach our materialistic dreams. We motivate each other to hustle hard... Then we burn out and end up on a journey to find ourselves 5000 miles away from home. 

So please, don't go overboard with the TED talks and seminars dedicated to millionaires' secrets. Self-check and self-help always comes first!

A break seems exciting and then FOMO enters

The ultimate opportunity to peek into someone else's life with one click can be a curse. It can also turn into a race without a winner. 

Have you ever felt like even your biggest accomplishment and most idyllic vacation can't battle FOMO? We've already suggested ways to battle against the urge to check other people's Stories and Posts. Never underestimate your current success and learn to enjoy it. Use technology wisely - not to keep up with someone, but to accomplish your goals and learn. 

Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks

The tension, the chills, the sweating, the chokes, the dizziness, the rapid heartbeat, the shaking, the trambling, the loss of reality. Most of these symptoms can be triggered by discomfort, money-worries or other intrusive thoughts. 

Unfortunately, much of our concerns and self-doubts are settled in the online world. Digital space contains so many stories of success that we can't help but question our own potential. Prior to research published at Journal of Experimental Psychology social media usage predicts declines in subjective well-being over time.

The conclusion? Society is in desperate need of higher mental health culture  backed by statistics, data and validated scientific methods.


Is hiding the likes enough?

You realize we've come too far in the war for likes when Instagram starts hiding the numbers. Allegedly, the goal is to help us manage time spent online in terms of becoming a safer content-focused place. But the hide of likes is not a sufficient tax for society's psychological suffering. In fact, no regulations are enough to protect us from ourselves.

Some suggest that Instagram just stops people from commenting, even though the feature is available for manual use and people are still not using it on their own will. 

As much as we hate the likes and comments we receive, we post content to spark a discussion or a dialogue. It's about time we accept the harsh truth - we have to voluntary and purposefully limit our tech time in the name of our mental health and self-reflection. 

Save for later

We love multitasking, scrolling, clicking. We want new interaction ASAP which causes our attention to switch from tab to tab every 47 seconds. But with so much fascinating information out there, it wouldn't be fair expecting to satiate the hunger for knowledge. 

Sure, this never-stopping brain stimulation can sound like an infinite crativity boost, but not when it's combined with boredom, unfulfillment and lack of enthusiasm. 

On the other hand, we're always in a rush! Interesting content goes into the "Save for later" tab. But why not now? It could be because of a built-up of guilt that we're wasting time. Whatever it is, we're postponing our potential actions and ideas. 


Is It possible to be "Digitally Bored"?

Do you believe there's a way to stop the online war for validation? Content holes are so deep that we're not sure if there's a way to go back to the "offline sober life" without side effects. 

Boredom usually works the other way - IRL. All of a sudden everyday life feels like a cliche and you suffer from creative destruction. For real, It's so hard to impress someone nowadays! Probably the reason why most things that previously made us excited are now virtual.

So if you're seeking for a motivational or curiosity boost, take a break from the Internet. Manage your time spent online wisely and protect your mental health on all costs. Digital detoxing is always an option.