Sivas Cumhuriyet University (SCU) Faculty of Education Department of Educational Sciences Lecturer and Chairman of the Association for Combating Digital Addiction Prof. Dr. Tuncay Dilci said that as a result of the research in which 1986 participants participated with the digital analysis technique, they determined that 29 percent of the people experienced mental fatigue and digital burnout due to digital contact.
Stating that this mental fatigue is seen especially in people over the age of 35, Dilci said, “We have spent about 1.5 years in the pandemic, where digital contact has intensified. Although the same habit continues at the moment, one of the most obvious consequences of our contact habit is behavioral digital burnout and mental fatigue. We can talk about fatigue. We see that people have a serious decrease in self-perception and self-worth, which means that they have a lower level of self-perception in terms of hopelessness, commitment to life, identity and spirituality satisfaction.
Therefore, digital burnout mostly causes mental fatigue over the age of 35. We are faced with a behavioral problem, which we call rejection bonds, in the form of not being able to move away from that object and rejecting that object. Therefore, ties of rejection express an orientation towards digital objects for reasons beyond one’s control. We can say that people are mostly exposed to burnout, fatigue, inability to focus, and an exposure that will sabotage the flow of daily life, disrupting their communication.
‘We SHOULD SAY DIGITAL DIET TIME’
Stating that people who experience digital burnout are also unsuccessful in social relations, Prof. Dr. Dilci said, “These people feel even worse with lack of communication. Because the individual is faced with a life that does not fit their lifestyle. In order to be an individual with a higher level of dedication, we should be able to say digital diet time against digital objects. We should not use wifi systems in our living spaces. Devices like this should be used at certain times of the day. Let’s open the phones 30 centimeters away from our ears during switching on and off, and turn them off 30 centimeters away from our ears. It is also very useful to talk over the loudspeaker. It’s summer vacation and families are kind of playing corners with digital objects. “We are living in a period where families need to turn to nature, especially with their children,” he said.
‘I RECOMMEND YOU LISTENING TO THE RADIO’
Stating that in families experiencing digital burnout, there are also domestic conflicts, Prof. Dr. Dilci said, “This situation can negatively affect family relations. We recommend families with planned activities, reading hours at home, television and movie activities in a limited time period, and activities where we will be intertwined with nature. We have a holiday ahead. Family visits by paying attention to social distance. It would be a very right choice to make the right choice. I especially ask them to listen to the radio. Because their imagination and emotions will develop with the radio. They will contact the heroes they have created in their own world. I think it would be beneficial for them to have real and face-to-face relationships rather than being exposed to the unlimited and insecure environment of the digital world. ‘ he said.