Is Technology Causing Millennials to Suffer for the Rest of Their Lives?

Constant use of cell phones, laptops, and tablets can lead to short- and long-term physical and mental health issues.

A 3-year-old is the center of their own “me” universe, and it’s usually pretty darn cute.

However, if she acts the same way at 23, her “me-centered” attitude could be linked to her Facebook behavior — and narcissism is rarely cute.

The association between two elements of narcissism — grandiose exhibitionism and entitlement/exploitativeness — and Facebook usage was studied in a 2012 study from Western Illinois University.

Both qualities point to a person who isn’t likely to get along with others.

Those who scored high on a splendid exhibitionism exam were more likely to use Facebook for self-promotion, such as updating statuses and sharing images regularly.

Those with a strong sense of entitlement/exploitation were likelier to respond violently to critical comments and fail to support their friends. To put it another way, they engage in antisocial Facebook activities.

In a survey of 6.7 million internet users conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, a similar problem with attention span was discovered.

Researchers discovered that when online movies take longer than 2 seconds to load, viewers abandon them, demonstrating that as technology advances, our patience thins.

The brain’s effects

It’s easy to discover examples of how technology negatively affects millennials, the world’s most digitally connected generation.

Their frequent use of cellphones, laptops, and tablets may result in short- and long-term health issues.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are now 83.1 million persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 34.

According to at least one research, the average millennial spends up to 18 daily on digital media, and some of this is done simultaneously.

Furthermore, 90% of young adults utilize social media. According to the Pew Research Center, this increased from 12% in 2005.

In the long run, what does this mean?

Many of the young minds of this age are still forming. The human brain continues to mature until the age of 25, according to scientists at the National Institute of Mental HealthTrusted Source.

Although research into millennial brain development is still in its early stages, some medical experts believe that this generation’s brains are developing physically differently due to their near-constant involvement with technology. These changes may have an impact on the communication abilities of millennials.