The world is witnessing a catastrophic shift in how human brains consume and process information. The fast-paced, visually arresting, audio-blasting digital media has taken over, leaving behind the once-cherished art of reading. The human brain has become the captive of the digital media monster, with the captives exhibiting symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome.
Gone are the days of slow-cooking our minds with a good book as we feast on unhealthy fast food for our brains. The video content, with its ability to control input, visuals, narration, audio, and speed, has left nothing to the imagination. Over time, the brain cells and sense organs become numb, losing their ability to connect the dots and relate to things, which are essential human functions.
YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and countless other social media platforms, as well as mainstream television and OTT platforms, have all contributed to this brain-hijacking. The consequences of this shift are dire, with the average human brain losing its ability to engage in critical thinking, imaginative reasoning, and introspection.
The digital media monster has taken over, and it’s time to regain control of our brains. Here are some steps you can take to break free from the clutches of the brain-hijacking monster:
- Limit your digital media consumption – Set limits on your time on social media and other digital platforms. Instead, spend that time reading, engaging in outdoor activities, or pursuing a hobby.
- Pick up a book – Reading is a slow-cooked meal for the mind, helping it to grow and develop to its fullest potential. So make time to read a book daily or at least a few times a week.
- Disconnect to reconnect – Turn off your devices and disconnect from the digital world. Instead, spend time with family and friends or simply enjoy nature.
- Be mindful of the content you consume – Be selective about the content you consume online. Avoid the constant barrage of negativity and choose positive, educational, and uplifting content.
- Seek professional help – If you feel overwhelmed or addicted to digital media, seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can help you develop a plan to break free from the brain-hijacking monster.
The Stockholm Syndrome of digital media is accurate, and it is high time we take action to free our brains from the shackles of this all-consuming monster. Instead, let’s embrace the art of reading, which provides a slow-cooked meal for the mind, helping it to grow and develop to its fullest potential. The time to reclaim our minds is now before it’s too late.