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!