Escape is something we all do with our minds from time to time. Whether it's watching a movie or play, listening to a great concert or your favorite music, it can be very relaxing to take our minds off the day-to-day grind to lift our spirits heavenward.
Then there are those levels of escape that are unhealthy, always worrying about the future, spending more time thinking about the people you are not with than the people right in front of you, dwelling on events that 'might occur' if you take your attention away from them even for a moment. It can be exhausting to be somewhere you are not, living into a future that may or may not come.
The Internet has fostered our virtual selves in ways we are only beginning to understand.
According to the mental health encyclopedia, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Internet-use disorder will be listed as a condition “recommended for further study” in its forthcoming May 2013 edition.
A great friend of mine suggested that smartphones are the tether that pull us into a future that may not be healthy for us. Subconsciously, we are waiting for that message/post/feedback that will make our world alright again. It becomes a dependency, a reactive state that leaves us ultimately dissatisfied. We become dependent on that feedback, as if we will disappear if we don't get it.