Smartphone use is a part of our everyday life. From banking to texting to checking our social media sites we have our smart phone handy and ready to use. When we look around campus many people are walking and using their phone on their way to their next stop or in classes. We may even send a snapchat or a text to our friends. It appears that digital connection is the new normal for connecting with our family, friends and school mates. Connecting digitally to others is a great tool as it’s quick and convenient, but are we missing out on what is in front of us?
Recent research has indicated the young adults spent on average 4 hours a day on their smart phones. The average age for SAIT students is 26 years old, right within this demographic. It would be safe to assume that smartphones would bring us closer together but research has revealed they could actually hurt the people who are right in front of us.
Spending too much time on our phones can impact our mental health and well-being. Studies have shown that increased social media and smart phone use could affect our self-esteem, happiness, and mood. Similar studies have also linked increased social media useto increased feelings of loneliness, anxiety, stress, and depression.
Why is our well-being affected by smartphone and social media use? It could be that when looking at other peoples best highlighted lives on social media we compare it to our own life. Or we could be anxious because we fear we might be missing out, commonly known as (FOMO- Fear of Missing Out). It might also be that the people we are with in the moment feel the connection is lost or disrupted because we are always checking out phone.
To help address this common issue, The Outreach Wellness Leaders (OWLs) with Student Counselling and Development are bringing SAIT the Disconnect to Reconnect campaign! This campaign aims to provide awareness about the effects of smart phone and social media use on our well-being and to provide opportunities to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with each other.
The OWLs, in partnership with SAITSA and other SAIT services have set up six locations across campus to bring people together to socialize without social media. Drop by one of the designated lounge spaces for coffee, tea, snacks and fun – plus, a chance to win prizes!
Get Me There! Tuesday, April 2, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, in the following locations:
- Chinook Lodge Resource Centre, NN108, Senator Burns building (crafts, board games)
- Interfaith Centre, MB227, Stan Grad Centre (games)
- Trojans Board Room, V206, Campus Centre (colouring, meditation with SAIT Trojans)
- Heritage Hall café (board games)
- 2nd floor, Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre (board games, trivia)
- Room 119, East Hall Residence (colouring wall)
Drop-in style, no registration required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SAIT’s Mental Health Promotion Specialist at 403.284.8959.
We look forward to seeing you there!