How much daily worry is TOO much?
Anxiety resulting from a terrifying experience.
Difficulty adapting to new or recurrent life stress.
Chronic fear or apprehension when required to interact with another person or group of people.
Spiders, airplanes, swimming, public speaking...trouble coping with things that scare us.
When the only way to reduce anxiety is through specific compulsive behavior.
IT'S JUST TOO MUCH...
Juggling Today's Life Stress
"Overwhelming" fails to adequately describe the laundry list of things we all worry about and must keep in mind on a daily basis. Many of our concerns continue to gravitate toward perennial life stressors--those that have burdened society for generations (i.e. family, work, school, bills, love, friendships), but with the advent of modern technology we are now inundated with far more. Email, text messaging, social media, instant news updates, these are just a few of the newer obligations we all unwittingly agreed to just by being alive during the digital age. Being connected to the world takes on a whole different meaning for our generation, and staying connected has become a stressful social expectation.
It's this expectation of constant connectivity and being "in the know" that can quickly turn the exciting possibilities of technology into burdensome obligations. As modes of communication become increasingly instantaneous, so do our expectations regarding vigilance and speed of response. Think about how easily annoyed we get if someone doesn't respond to a text right away or reply to an email we sent. Society practically commands us all to have smartphones so we know the recipient of our correspondence has a phone on him/her, or somewhere nearby. So what is their excuse for not responding immediately!? Unless he/she is literally in the ICU, we assume they are ducking us or are far too busy to type a few words and hit SEND. Because
Technology has firmly stitched its way into the fabric of our world such that we struggle to live without it. I know that if I leave home without my iPhone I literally feel uncomfortable, disconnected, almost naked. Heaven forbid I should go without distraction waiting in a doctor's office. I might actually have to talk to someone...
Here is a fun activity to try. For just one day track how many times you check your email, read texts, check one or more social media accounts, browse the internet, or read online news articles. Even for someone without a significant online/social media presence, I counted upwards of 75 times checking my phone or my computer before 6:00 PM. If you're a teenager, you can easily double or triple that. If you're in the business/political world, well...let's not even get started on your likely smartphone addiction.