TSU investigates how to lessen the stress from living online

2021-09-15
The whole world is going digital, our lives are being transferred to online spaces, and many people feel more and more stressed by it. An interdisciplinary research team of TSU scientists is determined to figure out how stress forms and develop mechanisms of saving the nation’s mental and physical health.

“Total digitalization was accelerated by the pandemic,” – explained Leonid Kapilevich, one of the researchers, head of the Department of Sport and Wellness Outdoor Tourism, Sports Physiology and Medicine. “A virtual sphere is formed and lives by its own laws, and influences ‘the real world’ more and more. The deeper we go into the digital world, the more often we have to cross the boundary between the real and the virtual, and the deeper we go, the more stressful each crossing gets.”

The researchers compare crossing the border between the virtual and the real with changing climate zones or going from a high to a low altitude environment. If a person who lives in the valley climbs a mountain, the body will need some time to adjust, and if it happens often, the body can’t adjust in time. It affects the cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.
The same situation happens when a person crosses the border between two realities, but this time the strain is more mental than physical. Physical problems appear with time too: eyesight gets worse, the musculoskeletal system does not function properly. Scientists think that this trend will only grow.

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