Could we all turn in to Neanderthals?

​How many hours have you spent sitting in the last week alone?  I’m talking: at a desk, in a car, on the tube, at home in front of the television, at the table eating dinner?  The guess is it is quite possibly more than 50% of your waking life.  I’m sitting down typing this for example.

Then ask yourself how much do you rely on technology (whether you want to do so is another matter – sometimes we are forced).  This could be anything from the computer that is typing this, the system that is allowing me to upload the content into this website, the internet that is allowing you to read it, to the more inane supermarket checkout, the utility bill processes that calculate your usage to the way you chat to your friend via WhatsApp.   Compare that amount to ten years ago and you’ll realise that it will be a marked increase.   But what does all this mean?

If you’re like me you will have grown up in an era where we had to head to the library to search up information, we played outside in the woods instead of at home on the computer, and at work – we relied on our raw skills from hand designed engineering drawings to non-photo-shopped imagery.   It almost sounds like a dream aside the time it all would have taken us in comparison to today’s slick tech practices.  The irony is that we still, most of us, don’t have time today.  The neurons in our brain are not working as much as they did, and our bodies are becoming lazy.

Go Wild – Free Your Body and Mind from the afflictions of civilizations is all about the topic of the demise on us due to our supposed need for improvement.  The book looks at how despite us racing and competing for the best health fad, lifestyle accessory or work/life balance we are still all struggling in way one or other with mental illnesses, conditions such as Alzheimer’s being on the rise and how perhaps our fast-paced lives are not all they are cracked up to be.

The book questions why we have a brain and far from it being to think, it reminds us of the neural pathways and our primal need to move.  It makes a huge amount of sense.  Looking at how the evils of sugar and other such chemical elements in our diet are making us ill, and also wonderfully covers the nurturing element of nature.  It is a no brainer that our own destruction of the planet from the rainforest to create the palm oil to substantiate snack foods, to the lopping of inner city trees to pile up huge concrete over priced monstrosities has an enormously detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing.

It could be said that with technology doing everything for us, and with our increased levels of sitting down we will revert back to the Neanderthals that we once were.

With our younger generation living with technology as the ‘norm’, it could be said that it is in their best interests that we as adults allow them a choice.  Instead of radically changing how we do things through technology perhaps it’s time to also promote the simplicities of life we once had, provide children with a taste of non-screen information; let them reap the benefits of learning this independent way.

For all the positives we know of technology reality is it has sucked us in and we are barely able to go through life without it now.  We are aware that despite its space saving abilities we are left with virtual clutter and much of it we’ve spent our hard earned cash on.  Ultimately our new found advanced life is crippling us.

Change is one thing but perhaps it’s time that the change we need is to stop changing and embrace what we already have.

  • Be conscious of the time you spend moving versus sitting down
  • Eat without the chemicals
  • Make sleep as important as work
  • Make time for nature and ensure you have green within sight
  • Meditate
  • Slow down
  • Be mindful
  • Connect with family and friends
  • Learn something new
By Michelle Stromgren
Chartered Marketer and Performance Coach with a postgraduate diploma in digital marketing. Over 25 years of corporate and individual marketing experience. A mother of two, organiser of many, blogger, budding photographer, and serial student.