Do You Have Busy Life Syndrome?
4 months ago
Doctors declare a new epidemic brought on by stress and social media
*cue sad music and concerned voice*
Did you forget to return you friend's phone call? Are you setting alarms on your phone to remind yourself of menial tasks, like taking out the trash or picking up clothes from the dry cleaners?
Have you lost your car keys?
Can't find that last pack of hot sauce from the wings spot?
Do you know where your left shoe is?
You're not alone. Dozens, hundreds and maybe even thousands of people can't find their left shoe and have no idea that it ended up in the trunk of the car they can't find the keys for. But now, finally, after years of suffering, people like you finally have an answer for why they keep forgetting to call people back and pick up that dress shirt.
You may be suffering from Busy Life Syndrome.
What is Busy Life Syndrome you ask?
Well, it's when your already hectic life of working, paying bills, raising children and watching TV gets bombarded with an influx of information from social media, smart phones and the Internet.
Here are some probable symptoms:
You know your neighbor's Twitter handle, but not his real name
Half of your work day is spent TFTing: Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr
You'll send a phone call to voice mail, but will answer a text instantly
Living out the movie "Dude, Where's My Car?" every time you enter a parking lot
“We believe there are widespread signs of the problem,” says Angela Scott-Henderson, spokesperson for CPS Research, the firm who created the term "Busy Life Syndrome." “Our attention spans and concentration levels are going down. It’s getting to be more common, affecting people at younger ages.”
Up until now we've seen studies that have people blaming social media for everything from divorce to spending more. We've even seen cases where social media is said to have negative effects on self-esteem and good manners in general. But now it's being blamed for literally losing your mind?