Over the past decades,
the human beings and the society we have built have evolved in a very remarkable way, And with the advance of new technologies, our way of relating to the environment is very different from that of previous generations.
Just 40 years ago, no one could have imagined the impact social media would have on our lives today, or how a device called the “phone” would evolve as mobile devices became our inseparable companions.
The values of our society have changed, and with it our way of thinking. But changes have not always been for the better, and modern society can lead to various disorders that were not previously the subject of consultation in psychopathology clinics … unless there are cultural changes and new ways. to handle these situations are not introduced.
Disorders associated with modern society
But, What facts of modern life make psychology a profession of the future?
These four facts make the figure of the psychologist in the field of health essential in the present and in the days to come:
1. The obsession with the digital image
New technologies have burst into our lives with such force that it is almost impossible to live as a stranger to this new reality. Body image disorders are not new and are in fact quite a common occurrence in our society. Our culture rewards these individuals with a body image that borders on perfection, which leads many people to become obsessed with their body.
Excessive concern for how we look and what we portray makes some people extremely unhappy. Access to new technologies and the ability to stay connected to social networks all day long pose many challenges for people prone to this type of behavior.
We all know someone who spends hours and hours taking pictures and then sharing them on their Facebook or Instagram profile, which leads to obsessive behaviors.
In fact, the phenomenon of the selfie has become a hallmark of modern society. In this sense, the psychiatrist Dr. David Veale, From Maudsley Hospital in London, comments in an interview with the British newspaper Sunday Mirror: “Of three patients who come to the consultation for a body dysmorphic disorder, they are obsessed with selfies.” One could say that access to new information technologies accentuates this phenomenon. However, it is important to understand that the main problem is not new technologies, but their pathological use.
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2. Stress and techno-stress
Stress is not new either, but it has now become a very serious problem. It is common for people to see psychologists affected by the stress they are under in their lives..
Indeed, in the workplace, chronic stress or burnout leads to serious psychological problems. Stress is a complex phenomenon in which workplace variables, an individual’s expectations and their ability to cope with complex situations come into play.
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But recently, some experts claim that a new form of stress is affecting many people. The cause? The irruption in our lives of technology in the form of computers, the Internet, smartphones, tablets … what is called techno-stress.
For the psychologist Marisa Salanova, Professor at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, techno-stress is “a negative psychological state associated with the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) or the threat of their use in the future. The perception of a gap between the demands and the resources linked to the use of ICT are at the origin of this phenomenon which is characterized by a high level of psychophysiological activation, discomfort, anxiety, fatigue and development. negative attitudes towards ICT. “. And the fact that the use of smartphones and laptops blurs the lines between private and professional life can also be problematic.
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3. Use of smartphones
And of course, when we talk about the disorders and syndromes associated with the use of new technologies, it is inevitable to speak of nomophobia. For a little over a decade, cellphones have been with us everywhere, they are with us wherever we go. Since the advent of smartphones, we have access to the Internet 24 hours a day, and faced with this reality, it becomes almost impossible to disconnect for a single moment from the digital world.
Being connected all the time may not be so good, and in the long run, for some people, disconnection can have serious psychological consequences, making them anxious, with great discomfort, and even feeling lost in this world of new technology. . Psychologists can re-educate these people in the use of new technologies to overcome their cell phone addiction.
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4. New forms of relationships
In the modern world, the way we communicate has changed a lot compared to previous generations. We tend to be constantly connected to social media and interact with our acquaintances on a daily basis. Being permanently connected to the network has caused a new phenomenon called FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome or feeling lost. This syndrome has been recognized by psychologists as a mess produced by the advancement of technology and the number of options presented to us today.
People with FOMO feel their life is much less interesting than that of their acquaintances, which affects their self-esteem and emotional health. FOMO can also cause depression or anxiety. As in previous cases, education is fundamental to prevent this type of pathology associated with the use of new technologies, and psychologists can help people correct negative thoughts characteristic of this phenomenon.
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