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The Digital Dilemma: Decoding How Technology Shapes Mental Well-Being

A woman prioritising mental health

Not a day goes by without using digital devices – for work, entertainment, and even our social lives. With technology taking over almost all aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that it is affecting our mental health. Embracing a new lifestyle comes with its own set of challenges. As we are still very new to the digital era, where technologies bombard us every day, it is essential to understand their impact on our mental well-being. After all, awareness is the first step towards management. 

Work-Life Balance and Perpetual Connectivity 

We are connected 24/7 now. Most people are in the habit of interacting with their phones, even when using the restroom. Accessing everything is just a few clicks away. While it might seem good, it can lead to a lack of work-life balance. Work can so easily be carried home and intruded into our personal lives. This makes it harder to set boundaries between work and personal life.   

Man discussing over the phone about work

 So, corporate employees today need to consciously take steps to maintain a healthy work-life balance. One way to do this is to switch off work-related devices during non-work hours and switch off work-related notifications on the phone. It is also essential to take regular breaks throughout the day from work to refresh and rejuvenate. This has the potential to alleviate stress and avert mental burnout. 

The Rabbit Hole of Social Media

The Rabbit hole of Social media

Social media through digital devices is one of the most significant additions to our daily lives. It has reshaped our interactions. Today, we can keep in touch with even those who live on a different continent and stay informed about everything that’s happening around us with ease. However, this constant exposure to others' lives, opinions, and perspectives can be stressful and cause anxiety and even depression. It can create pressure to maintain a facade of a perfect life and give us a constant feeling of not doing enough. 

Unhappy teenager with no Social media engagement

The key to preserving our mental health here is moderation. Guard against social media monopolising your free time. Take some time to enjoy other activities such as reading a book, exercising, or pursuing a hobby. Don’t be afraid to disconnect from the digital world and spend time with yourself or loved ones in real life. And finally, learn to accept that nobody is perfect; comparing ourselves to others can only make us feel worse. 

The Burden of Information Overload

A person being tired because of information overload

There is so much information available to us at our fingertips that it is overwhelming. It is also challenging to figure out where to start or which sources to trust. This constant exposure to information can also lead to mental exhaustion, affecting our focus and productivity. Excessive information can also cause analysis paralysis or the inability to decide. 

To combat information overload, focus on understanding the quality and credibility of each source before consuming it. Set a specific time limit for yourself each day when you purposefully avoid access to digital sources of information. Use filters or news aggregators to keep your search results organized.  

Changing Lifestyle Habits 

The increased screen time has a range of effects on our lifestyle, which can affect our mental health in the long run. The digital age has also led to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. We spend most of our time sitting in front of our computers or scrolling through our social media feeds. This can lead to several health issues, including weight gain and poor posture. The constant use of technology can also lead to disturbed sleep patterns. Studies show that excessive screen time and exposure to blue light from screens can disrupt our sleep patterns, negatively impact our mood, and put a strain on our relationships.

Man saying the prize is life changing when we change lifestyle habits

Conscious efforts and lifestyle choices are crucial for good physical and mental health. Make minor changes like getting up from your chair every 30 minutes, reading a book before sleep, and taking a walk after lunch to incorporate more physical movements and off-screen time. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and practising mindfulness are other lifestyle choices that contribute to better physical and mental health. 


Technology has seamlessly integrated into our professional and social spheres in the contemporary landscape. While its omnipresence is undeniable, acknowledging its profound influence on mental health is crucial. Striking a balance between online engagement and well-being becomes imperative to harness technology's advantages.  

The modern era's demands on mental health have underscored its significance. In this context, ekincare, a trusted digital health and wellness platform, discreetly but effectively steps in. With a comprehensive suite of wellness programs, resources, and personalised support, ekincare empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the digital age while preserving their mental well-being. This holistic approach bridges the gap between our interconnected lives and mental health, enabling us to enjoy the best of both worlds. 

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Nivetha Kannan

Content Writer, Silver Oak Health

Nivetha Kannan writes blogs on mental health and well-being topics for Silver Oak Health. She is a professional content writer and is passionate about the field of psychology & personal development. She writes impactful content that brings positive changes in people. Her mantra for life is to 'be curious and not judgemental'.