Ditch your smartphone, get out in the countryside, and feel better about yourself

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Nature lovers are significantly less anxious and have higher self-esteem than people obsessed with their smartphones according a recent study.

They are also more conscientious, emotionally stable and more open to new experiences than those addicted to technology.

The on-line research at the University of Derby examined people’s mobile phone use and their connection to nature. Participants were also assessed on their personality and self-esteem

It found that those most in touch with nature used their phone half as much each day as the rest of the population and were more emotionally balanced i.e. 2 hrs 15 mins each day (which seems a lot to me) compared to 4 hrs 8 mins for those less connected to nature.

They also took 87% fewer selfies but three times as many pictures of nature.  So we can probably assume that they are also less narcissistic.

Miles Richardson, head of psychology, said “Nature connectedness isn’t about going back to some halcyon days where we lived in harmony with nature. It’s about realising our place in a wider ecology here and now

I’ve posted on this topic several times over the past few years and my message is still the same. Forget the smartphone (and social media) and get a life!

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5 thoughts on “Ditch your smartphone, get out in the countryside, and feel better about yourself

  1. kindadukish says:

    Reblogged this on Kindadukish's Blog – I am not a number, I am a free man (The Prisoner) and commented:
    Some more wise words from friend and colleague Mike:

  2. […] As I’ve posted before about smartphone users – Get a Life! […]

  3. […] No wonder girls are suffering more from depression than boys (but I also blame them for spending too much time on social media) […]

  4. […] But back to the Light Phone. It will sell for $100 in America and should be available in the UK by the end of the year. It shares the same number as your regular phone forwarding calls to it. It’s called “going light” – no emails , games or apps. Perfect when you’re out for a meal or enjoying some quiet time in the countryside. […]

  5. mikethepsych says:

    Reblogged this on Mike the Psych's Blog.

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