Taking break from phones, internet is the way to go

By Saumu Jumanne

Social media has made the world so close and yet so far. We can know what is happening in faraway nations. We can follow what the world famous superstars are doing in the world of politics, football, fashion, etc.

Thanks to technology, you can access information about any country at any time via your smartphone and the Internet. It has made it extremely easy to share information and knowledge. Whether it empowers or disempowers is another question entirely.

Keeping your peace by monitoring what you consume on social media is of paramount importance.

This is because there is so much good and so much evil there. They say where your heart is is where your life will be.

When one has consumed too much depressing news or negativity for days, the result can only be depression.

A long time ago, growing up in the village, one could take a break and enjoy the tranquility of Mother Earth.

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You could go to the farm, sit under a tree and connect with nature in its true form.

The blue sky, the blowing winds, the birds, the vegetation and the ground – all made this inner peace and attitude to life so real. Today we go everywhere with our phones, and for those who can afford the internet, some are like slaves to their own phones. As time goes on, it becomes more and more important for human well-being to take time breaks from mobile phones and the internet.

Today online you see an image of an entire family sitting together, so close physically but worlds apart, while everyone is busy on their phones and lost in their world.

Sometimes we consume so much information that we cannot use, which also harms our well-being.

In conversations with some parents of teenagers, one of the latest problems is phone/internet addiction.

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Some young people have become irresponsible as they spend so much time on the phone, addicted to games, social media, reading gossips, etc.

We have so many “idiots” online spreading fake news (information) that they don’t even understand. Research shows that “just sharing information gives people confidence and makes them feel better informed about the information shared, even if they just read the headline.” No wonder subjective knowledge and fake news are everywhere in increase on social media.

Fake news has helped politicians around the world campaign against their opponents.

Consciously or unconsciously it hurts and can sometimes cause damage. Online we also have half-truths or people who translate information from one language to another and omit disclaimers. For example, if you google “the juice to improve/increase blood in the body” you will get many stories about roselle juice.

Several websites speak of roselle juice as a medicinal plant that has been used over time.

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The plant is said to treat toothaches, urinary tract infections, colds, and many other health problems.

But mostly there are no disclaimers that if the mother-to-be uses it (some of them) it can lead to a miscarriage. It is safe when consumed in moderate amount.

This means that moms-to-be in Tanzania who only use Swahili blogs or videos for such information are unlikely to get a disclaimer, which can lead to a tragic end to their pregnancy. Health experts say that taking too much roselle juice can lead to miscarriage, especially in the first trimester.

As much as we use the Internet to gain knowledge, we should never forget that seeking professional help on the Internet is essential.

However, the insights gained should come from the well-known medical professionals on their official websites or social media accounts. Misinformation on health issues can lead to fatal mistakes and even death.

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