We don’t want to miss anything. Checking our phone is the first thing we do in the morning and the last thing we do at night. I wonder if part of the uptick in anxiety and depression is related to our nervous system being bombarded increasingly from attention-seeking, sensory stimulating, electronic sources. as opposed to the more passive and subtle features of the natural environment. This tension – this hyper attention--- is intensified by the 24/7 incoming stream of news of traumatic events and images from all over the globe, as if this were happening in our front yard. Because of this flow of alarming information, our brains are constantly bathed in adrenaline and cortisol, the stimulants that ready the nervous system for dangers, real or imagined.
No wonder it feels to us like times are so tough, though we are living in the lap of relative luxury. Maybe we are so stressed because we are so wired?