logo en full

Research

These days more and more experts suggest that to enjoy your vacation and to fully experience the beauty and richness of the world, you need to log out and unplug from the Internet. Is it really possible and is it the right thing to do in the digital era? Jakub Kuś, psychologist from SWPS University in Wrocław, who researches the psychological impact of new technologies on people, answers these questions.

Internet Generation

For an increasing number of online users, constant Internet access is as obvious as the fact that the Sun rises in the East. Currently, the generation that does not know the world without the Internet is coming of age. For young people in their late teens and early 20s, online communication and online presence is as natural as breathing. It seems that any appeals encouraging them to log off the Internet and to unplug from digital devices are futile.

Digital Dementia

Psychological research related to online behaviors highlights numerous risks related to the unlimited use of the Internet. An acclaimed German neuroscientist, Manfred Spitzer, has coined a term “Digital Dementia” to describe the breakdown of cognitive abilities resulting from an overuse of digital technology.

Increasingly, people experience stress caused by the constant bombardment of information delivered by numerous sources. It results in emotional and cognitive problems. For example, an overreliance on digital technology that remembers things for you, weakens your ability to remember data, such as phone numbers, birthdays, or any other important information.

Research shows that the more you focus on capturing a moment on a photograph, the less you remember it later. Your memories fade away quicker and after several months you are not able to remember the event.

Jakub Kuś, M.A.

 

Committed to Your or to Digital Memory?

The challenge is to derive the maximum benefit from digital possibilities available today, but not fall victim to the digital revolution.

First of all you must be weary of the “virtual archive trap”. You do not have to photograph every place, every meal and every minute of your life to share it online. Allow yourself to actually experience the moment and forget about the perfect pose or the best frame for the photo. Research shows that the more you focus on capturing a moment on a photograph, the less you remember it later. Your memories fade away much faster and after several months you are not able to remember the event.

Nowadays, social media are a repository of hundreds of thousands of photos, which provide a constant feed of images from places and events that the Internet users share. There is nothing wrong with sharing a few photos with friends from time to time, but it is good to practice moderation in this matter. It is worth remembering that the world seen through your eyes is richer, because you can touch it, as opposed to the world seen only through a photo lens or the screen of a tablet.

Social Media and Self-Esteem

A Polish writer and journalist, Andrzej Stasiuk, wrote in one of his essays that “our civilization is increasingly based on transmitting virtual proof of one’s existence to the world.” Every photo and every social media post aims to create a carefully designed image and to remind others that the author of the post exists. However, it may lead to a dangerous tendency to base one’s self-esteem on the online feedback, or lack of it. It is especially dangerous for young people, who during their teenage years are in the phase of identity development. Linking your self-worth with the numbers of likes on Facebook is a slippery slope that may lead to serious psychological consequences for many years. The big challenge of our times is to teach children and young people that their worth is not measured in “likes”. Summer holidays provide a great opportunity to start this conversation.

Programs in English
at SWPS University

 

258 Jakub Kus

About the Author

Jakub Kuś – psychologist, researches the impact of new technologies on human emotions, ethics and cognition. He is also interested in the topic of online image creation.

Zapisz

Popular Science Blog

Popular Science Blog 12-12-2017

New Year’s Resolutions or How to Achieve Your Goals

Making a permanent change in your life requires stepping out of your comfort zone. It demands effort and sacrifice that come not only from your willingness to put in the...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 01-12-2017

Emotional Decluttering Before the Holidays

December is the time of year conducive to looking back at the year that was, a time for a little bit of soul searching and summarizing what went well and...

Read more

Psyche Space 29-11-2017

A Perfect Christmas Gift

Is it better to give or to receive? Does an ideal present, perfect for everyone, exist? Ewa Jarczewska-Gerc, Ph.D., social psychologist from SWPS University talks about problems, choices and motivations...

Read more

Psyche Space 28-11-2017

Why do you need a support network?

Psychologists often note, that mutual exchanges of social support are an important aspect of personal strength and wellbeing. Everyone has a network of relationships with other people which they build...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 16-11-2017

Know Your Rights: Illegal Job Interview Questions

A job interview is a stressful situation. Even a well-prepared candidate may be surprised with an unexpected question. Should you answer all questions during a job interview? What should you...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 10-11-2017

New Technologies and Protection of Personal Information

The existing laws and regulations are not aligned with the current development of new technologies, which generate gaps in personal information protection systems, with an ever accelerating speed. Businesses face...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 06-11-2017

Tips for Effective Goal Setting

Your goal is your North Star. It is the reward at the end of the road, but it is also the beginning of the road. A well-defined goal provides strong...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 02-11-2017

Self-sabotage - why do we do it?

Procrastination, excuses, and overcommitting are some of the methods of self-sabotage. Professor Dariusz Doliński, social psychologist from SWPS University in Wrocław, explains why some people focus their efforts on impeding...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 27-10-2017

“It’s Complicated” - New Relationship Model

According to research conducted by Jean Williams and Jasna Jovanovic and reported in Sexuality and Culture in 2015, over the past twenty years, non-monogamous relationships have become mainstream. Will these...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 25-10-2017

The Dark Side of Women

The word “victim” is often associated with women. And the perpetrator is commonly thought of as a HE, a man, who evolutionary is programmed to hunt, conquer and be violent...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 17-10-2017

Work-Life Balance or Burden?

The more you work the more productive you are. It seems logical. If it takes X minutes to produce Y number of products then one should be able to produce...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 09-10-2017

Holidays, Pop Culture and Marketing

According to the 2013 survey conducted by the Public Opinion Research Center (CBOS), as many as 72 per cent of Poles opposes commercialization of holidays. Despite this opposition, many people...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 29-09-2017

Effective Learning - How to Study to Get Great Results

Effective learning means working smarter not harder. Professor Czesław Nosal, psychologists from the Wrocław Faculty of Psychology at SWPS University explains how to study to get the best results and...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 11-09-2017

Becoming Yourself

“Be yourself” is a popular tenet of the Western culture. According to this viewpoint, to have a good life and garner admiration of others one must live in harmony with...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 31-08-2017

How to Overcome Post Vacation Blues

The end of vacation and the return to your daily routine and the usual responsibilities may cause uneasy emotions. Joanna Gutral, psychologist from SWPS University, explains how to deal with...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 22-08-2017

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Curiosity as Motivational Force

What motivates people? What makes them venture into uncharted territories despite doubts and apprehension? What pushes people to constantly experiment? Why do people look for new solutions when they could...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 10-08-2017

Summer Vacation, Your Pets and Animal Rights

When the weather gets warmer and temperatures rise, leaving your pet in the car, even for a few minutes, may result in tragic consequences. Unfortunately during the summer, the number...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 07-08-2017

Internet Generation and Phenomenon of Entrepreneurship

The development of technology has always been one of the key factors of entrepreneurship growth, but who are the modern day entrepreneurs and how they succeed? Magdalena Kubów, management and...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 25-07-2017

Can Lack of Sleep Actually Kill You?

In today’s fast-paced 24/7 world that never unplugs, there are so many responsibilities, tasks and online distractions that tend to creep up on the time previously spent on exercise, cooking...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 24-07-2017

Virtual Vacation

These days more and more experts suggest that to enjoy your vacation and to fully experience the beauty and richness of the world, you need to log out and unplug...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 21-07-2017

The Power of Simple Acts of Kindness

How do you define kindness? Most people would intuitively answer that being kind means doing nice things for other people. Others might add that kindness includes being kind to oneself...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 19-07-2017

Can work make you happy?

A popular belief is that high earnings are the most important aspect of job satisfaction. However, research shows that although the salary is a significant factor of professional happiness, it...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 13-07-2017

How to Like Yourself

Self-esteem is a very important aspect our wellbeing. It affects the way we look at our achievements and relationships and it impacts the way we perceive our future. High self-esteem...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 21-06-2017

Five Tips on Decision Making

Every day we make choices. Most of the time, we make decisions about insignificant things, such as: latte or cappuccino, white shirt or blue shirt. However, from time to time...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 14-06-2017

Five Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill” – this apt and humorous simile was coined by an actor Christopher Parker. Many...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 01-06-2017

Robot Teaches Programming and Helps to Name Emotions

During my flight to Earth, my spacecraft crashed into an asteroid. Its parts scattered all over the world and now children help me find them. This is a story of...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 26-02-2017

Oscars as Element of American Mythology

Nowadays, the annual Oscar Gala has become a global celebration of cinema. It is an event full of glitz and glamour attended by artists and celebrities from around the world...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 14-12-2016

Quo Vadis Pakistan? Radical Islam and Religious Minorities

In Pakistan, torn by internal conflicts, radical Islamic groups are growing in strength. They often use the so called “blasphemy laws” as the justification for brutal attacks on their victims...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 18-11-2016

Artificial Intelligence in Recruitment and Career Planning

In today’s economy, companies that know how to attract and keep well qualified employees are the most successful. The task of finding the best talent with great potential is a...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 01-11-2016

Memories, Identity and Mortality

November is a month of remembrance in many countries. North American nations celebrate Memorial Day and Remembrance Day, which are devoted to commemorating fallen soldiers and surviving veterans. Catholics around...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 17-10-2016

Test of Salt for Seasoned Managers

Professor Mark Snyder, social psychologist from the University of Minnesota, joked that he would not like to have a boss who seasoned his meals prior to tasting the food. Why?...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 19-01-2016

Influence of Money on Human Behavior

A study conducted in a group of children, has shown that handling money may reduce helpfulness and generosity, but increase perseverance and effort applied to difficult tasks. The study was...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 07-10-2015

Designer Drug Generation

Designer drugs are the fourth most popular recreational stimulant used by young people today. The majority of users know these psychoactive substances only by their street names, such as “Cocolino”...

Read more

Popular Science Blog 23-02-2015

Weighty Data

Can abstract properties of an object influence its weight estimate? An international group of researchers, including psychologists from SWPS University in Sopot, studied what properties influence weight estimates with respect...

Read more