In an age where communication tools have never been more accessible, the contradiction of this is evident:
Despite the ability to connect with anyone, anywhere, we find it increasingly challenging to discuss our emotions. This modern dilemma highlights a growing disconnect between our technological needs and our ability to emotionally express ourselves, raising some important questions about why we have become so desensitised to our feelings.
I am not saying online social media and the latest technology are all bad. I think it's a great tool to use as long as it's used correctly. When it's not, it can be detrimental to one's mental health.
When individuals are unable or unwilling to share their emotions due to the superficial nature of online interactions, they may suppress their feelings. Over time, this emotional suppression can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression.
Imposter syndrome has never been more alive than now. Comparing our lives to others on social media can lead to self-esteem issues. Constantly seeing others' achievements and happy moments while suppressing one's emotional struggles can result in feelings of inadequacy and poor self-esteem.
Reduced Coping Mechanisms:
When faced with stress or difficult emotions, many people turn to digital escapes such as gaming and social media for instant relief, rather than using healthier coping mechanisms. Over time, this can eradicate our natural ability to cope with life's difficulties.
Communicating through screens can create a sense of emotional detachment. It's easier to be dismissive or judgmental when interacting online because it's often easier to convince ourselves it's not real. This can deter us from sharing our true feelings for fear of not being understood or supported.
Emojis: We all use them, and yes, they can be light and fun however, they can quickly become another way of masking the true depth of how one may be truly feeling.
How does this impact from a Chinese medicine perspective?
The impact of technology-driven emotional isolation and its effects on mental health can extend to the realm of fertility and trying to conceive. The stress, anxiety, and emotional imbalances resulting from our digital age can create additional hurdles for couples seeking to have a child. High levels of stress, which are exacerbated by the fear of judgment or isolation often seen on social media, can disrupt the delicate hormonal balance needed for fertility. Additionally, emotional disconnection from one's partner due to excessive screen time can hinder the intimacy and communication necessary for a healthy and successful conception journey. In this way, the digital age not only affects mental health but can also pose challenges for those embarking on the path to parenthood.