Since ancient times, human beings have sought ways to stay informed. This information can be related to the climate, to the food, to the territory, to the people that surround it, to the dangers to which it is exposed on a daily basis, etc.
In fact, it is so important to stay informed about the current situation that it has used different means and tools to find out about the situation, not only in the locality where you live, but also in the whole world.
While it is true that this has its positive side, since you are no longer in ignorance, it also makes you more aware of the tragedies, misfortunes and unfortunate news that plague humanity. However, this gives you the opportunity to take a stance, passive or active.
Today, thanks to the great advances in technology, man can have access to a great wealth of information of all kinds, which he acquires through different electronic means, such as radio, television, cell phone, etc. tablets, among other devices.
This situation or action is known as hyper connectivity. You probably know what it is, but you are not familiar with the term that names it. However, in this article, I will tell you everything you need to know, and more, about hyper connectivity.
You will know both sides of the coin. That is, its benefits, but also what are its disadvantages. In addition, you will know how it influences our daily lives and much more. In such a way that, if you are interested in expanding your knowledge on this very interesting and current topic, you cannot stop reading what follows. It will surely be very useful to you and you will be able to get the most out of it. Let’s see what this is about.
Hyper connectivity is a concept that refers to the current condition in which most people find themselves, who spend their time connected to different types of information through different devices, as I have already mentioned before.
The time of use of electronic devices has increased a lot since the arrival in the world of Covid-19 and the confinement situation that was taken, as a preventive measure, to prevent the contagion from spreading further.
This increase is not only due to the fact that more leisure activities are now carried out than before, but also because work activities are also carried out via streaming and by other means.
Information and communication technology has always been at the forefront of the technological revolution, given that it has been responsible for opening doors to human relations, the world of work, research, entertainment, education and much more.
In addition, thanks to hyper connectivity we can be in contact with people who are in different parts of the world and be aware of their lives, just as if we were close by. In such a way that the distances have become shorter and shorter.
Without fear of being wrong, I can say that we are currently more connected to the world than ever. This has many advantages. For example, it facilitates the free expression of ideas, news, knowledge, etc.
On the other hand, it has made it possible to create a motivating environment capable of working on the cognitive stimulation of the youngest, through educational computer programs.
However, hyper connectivity also has its downside. It can affect our daily lives in different ways. Hence, you need to find out what they are.
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Although information and communication technologies are neither good nor bad in themselves. However, the misuse and abuse of these tools can have negative repercussions.
But what could qualify as misuse? When these means of communication are used to insult, defraud, harass or otherwise harm a person. Now, the abuse begins when you spend so many hours connected to the Internet that you stop carrying out certain activities and even responsibilities.
Some of the consequences of hyper connectivity are the following:
- Suffer from episodes of anxiety.
- Fear of missing something or being excluded from social networks.
- Lack of creativity.
- Loss of critical analysis of reality.
- Cognitive distortions.
- Having trouble socializing.
- Tendency to isolate yourself from others.
- Show compulsive behaviors.
- The risk of depression is increased.
- Sleep-related problems, such as insomnia, begin to appear.
- It suffers a restructuring of the personality, etc.
It might seem that the matter is being exaggerated, but the truth is that these symptoms are real and are very similar to the withdrawal syndrome experienced by someone who is starting to give up drugs or alcohol.
Therefore, to avoid going through this bad time, you need to take into consideration some important recommendations related to this topic.
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Hyper connectivity is part of a reality from which we cannot escape. It is almost inevitable to spend long hours sitting in front of the computer or glued to mobile devices. However, does that mean you have to resign yourself to becoming a technology zombie? Not necessarily.
So what can help you? The first thing you have to do is pay attention to the signs that may indicate that you are falling into excesses. Some of these signs are:
- Anxiety when being without the mobile in the hands.
- Failure to fulfill daily responsibilities.
- Abandonment of recreational activities.
- Too many hours of exposure to these technological communication tools, etc.
If you are aware that something is wrong, you may have the opportunity to do something about it and take back control of your life. The idea is that, when using information and communication technologies, you are the one who directs them and not the one directed.
Among the things you can do are the following:
- Set a time limit. Dedicating a certain amount of time to the use of technology can be very instructive and enriching. But, you cannot allow them to become the center of attention in your life.
- Set limits and basic rules related to the use of ICT. For example, not using the phone before going to sleep or during lunch break. Neither during study or work hours, or while you are in the company of friends and family.
- Try to find a balance between your online life and your real life. Mixing both things could change your perspective of reality and succumb to a world that others do not have access to.
- If you are a parent, monitor the time your children spend using these tools. It also controls the content with which they are recreated. Remember that everything that enters the mind has an impact on its behavior.
On the other hand, you cannot forget to give them the example. If you forbid excesses and ask for self-control, you must be the first to act in the same way. Remember that words can teach, but by example you will leave a deep mark on them.
Although it is true that hyper connectivity is the order of the day, it could be described as a necessary evil, since it allows us to stay informed and up to date with the events that unfold around us.
It also makes it possible for us to be in constant communication with those who are far away and to keep abreast of their joys and sorrows. However, if you’re not careful, the balance could quickly be thrown off balance. The use and abuse of these tools could start to affect your personal and work life. In addition, they could isolate you from the people who love you and affect your interpersonal relationships.
Actually, it would be a real disaster. Therefore, before falling into this unfortunate situation, he gets to work and puts everything in its rightful place. This way you will avoid falling into the trap of hyper connectivity.
Tanner AbrahamData Scientist and Software Engineer with a focus on experimental projects in new budding technologies that incorporate machine learning and quantum computing into web applications.
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