A resilient brain in a digital economy

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Silvia Damiano

Maintaining the balance between technology and our humanity is necessary to stay resilient in this fast‑paced world.

As I read the Google digital trends report for 2017 and statistics provided by Code Computerlove, I couldn’t help but smile. Mobile payments are thought to be the most sought‑after technology this year, which would definitely make our lives easier. But at the same time, surveys also show that 1 in 5 people are aiming to spend less time in front of screens, and 9 out of 10 consumers claim no interest in using augmented reality anytime soon.

Perhaps we are beginning to understand that to have happier and more joyful existences we need to remain socially connected with our friends, our families, and our peers. Maintaining the balance between technology and our humanity is necessary to stay resilient in this fast‑paced world.

The digital economy that we live in can be overwhelming and unsettling, particularly if our biological systems gets out of balance. Too many hours of work, the overuse of technology, and the lack of physical movement, sleep, and healthy relationships can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression, making us less resilient. While perusing the current literature on resilience, I discovered that despite the continuous advancements in trying to understand what makes up a resilient brain, the neurobiological underpinnings are not yet well defined enough to establish the profile of a stress‑resilient individual.

There are complex genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved, as well as neurochemistry processes and personal experiences that when combined, can impact the capacity of someone to deal more effectively or not, with life stressors.

Even though the research is still unclear, we know that when we exercise, create, meditate, socialise, help others, travel, and experience loving relationships that life tastes, sounds and feels much better. Consequently, we are more likely to become stronger in the face of adversity.

Silvia Damiano is an expert in digital trends, neuroscience and leadership. Silvia is presenting at i4 Tales: Creating Brain Friendly Cultures, on Saturday 3 June as part of Vivid Ideas.