Do you love your Phone

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When was the last time you looked at your phone? Isn’t it ten minutes, five minutes back or even less than that?

Our phones have become an inseparable and an inextricable  part of our daily lives for many of us. This phenomenon is without a doubt ubiquitous. According to WHO, 94 percent of participants in a recent survey felt upset when they didn’t have their phone with them, 80 percent felt envious when someone else handled their phone, and 70% anticipated to feel unhappy, scared, and powerless if their phone was lost or stolen. In another survey, half of the participants said they would rather have a broken bone than a damaged phone.

While these figures may not surprise you now, they would have surprised someone four years ago. It wasn’t until 2018 that the majority of Indians owned a smartphone. To put it another way, a single technological item has gone from outdated to an object for which people are prepared to sacrifice food, sleep &family  in just four years.

Slow and steady wins the race….here the phone won!!!

This significant uptick in phone usage did not occur overnight. It happened gradually, beginning with a little chemical called dopamine in our brains. Here’s how it went down: You probably did certain things that made you happy when you first acquired your smartphone. Consider reuniting with an old buddy, reading a thoughtful text message from a pal, or receiving a notice. Dopamine was released as a result of all of these processes.

Dopamine? What’s this now?

 It’s a dopamine-producing neurotransmitter. When we do something that meets a survival need, such as eating or extremely happy, our brains are designed to release dopamine. Numerous studies have shown that talking on the phone causes our brains to release dopamine, which makes us feel energised, motivated, and happy. Dopamine plays a role in how we feel pleasure. It’s a big part of our unique human ability to think and plan.

However, you undoubtedly performed a few ordinary activities in those first few months of phone use that didn’t make you feel warm and enthusiastic, like aimlessly scrolling through curiously pleasing videos on Instagram or gazing at images of strangers.

However, your brain began to discover a pattern each time you performed anything that caused dopamine to be released. Your brain began to correlate ‘cell phone’ with ‘dopamine’ after a while. And, since your brain wants quick bursts of dopamine, it began to desire your phone.

And then, all of a sudden, a habit arises…………

The pattern becomes imprinted in your brain pathways when you repeat a certain activity that results in a specific reward. Your brain will eventually grow to seek that reward on a regular basis.

That is the fundamental issue with dopamine. It quickly breaks down in your brain, leaving you wanting more and more as soon as possible. As a consequence, after the dopamine impact wears off, your brain will do all it can to recapture that sensation as soon as possible.What’s a quick and easy way to receive a boost of dopamine? You’re about to pick up your phone. That is exactly what your brain instructs your body to do.

The issue is that every Facebook post, text message, YouTube video, tik tok, or Instagram snap will not offer your brain with the knowledge it requires. But we’re designed to work hard for these dopamine highs, and we’ll keep filtering through the mediocrity along the way.We may even add to the reward system ourselves on occasion.

Have you ever found yourself sharing anything on social media simply to make yourself feel better? Or just sending a number of SMS to pals to keep in touch? You’re not alone, so don’t worry. It occurs to the best of us, and it’s due to our working neurological systems.

Why only phones?????Why is this just happening on phones and not on other devices? What is it about phones that causes such a dopamine rush?

Take, for example, tablets. They’re similar to phones in that they’re sleek, computerised, and relatively portable. On the other hand, the difference between a phone and a tablet is that we prefer to use tablets for more personal, passive activities like watching movies and reading books. These activities, produce a wholly different brain response.

We, on the other hand, prefer to utilise our phones for a different purpose. They act as a connection point to our social world. We spend the majority of our time texting, looking through social media, and messaging pals on our phones.

So,how does this relate to dopamine? It turns out that all alerts we receive on our phones — from social media, messaging applications, and other sources – cause our brains to release dopamine. In reality, the most addictive smartphone features all have one thing in common: they appeal to people’s urge to connect with others.

Aristotle the legendary Greek philosopher said, “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.” Man cannot live alone. The need to seek and maintain interpersonal relationships is a basic need of all human beings.

Our need to be sociable is encoded into our brains, much as the release of dopamine. Humans have an innate need to form and sustain strong bonds. It’s as important to our mental health as hunger and thirst are to our physical well-being.

Why? It has its origins in evolution. As humans progressed, they became increasingly reliant on one another to thrive in difficult environments. Those with greater bonds with other humans had a better chance of survival since they have other people to rely on for assistance.

The impulse to keep an eye on other people, in particular, has a long evolutionary history. Humans required constant input from others as they evolved to determine culturally appropriate behaviour. This was their means of achieving significance, long-term objectives, and a sense of self. It’s no surprise that social media – particularly photo sharing – has become so popular.

Overall, it appears that smartphones give us with a platform to fulfil our intrinsic desire for human connection, which, according to Dr. Veissière, is a “basic characteristic of human development that precedes cell phones by hundreds of thousands of years.”

Why can’t we stop picking up the phones????

They satisfy one of our most fundamental needs: human connection, in a quick and easy way.

This appeals to humans in particular since our brains are built to look for shortcuts in order to spare cognitive resources for other activities. Digital businesses simply serves to amplify this impact. Several tech businesses recruit psychologists, neuroscientists, and social scientists to assist them in developing addicting products such as different apps & games that keep dopamine levels high. Dopamine Labs, for example, employs neuroscience to assist tech businesses in making their products more ‘sticky.’

Knowing the psychology behind why we do things can be the first step to stopping our harmful habits….

Is it true that using a phone is harmful?

After all, if our use of smartphones is based on evolutionary needs, they must be beneficial to us in some manner.

According to another poll, cell phones allow us to maintain contact with pals even after changing from high school to college or relocating to a different place. As a result, we’ll be able to tap into a larger network of individuals to confide in, travel with, and learn from.

But it’s also worth noting that in face-to-face situations, our phones may disrupt some of our most crucial connections. Furthermore, studies have shown that even having a phone on the dinner table or present during a meaningful discussion interferes with your sense of connection to the other person. And it’s generally those deep, face-to-face discussions that draw us closer together. It is also true that if either participant placed a mobile device on the table or had it in their hand throughout any talk, the quality of the interaction was assessed as less gratifying.

Participants who pulled their phone out in the middle of a conversation showed less empathy for the other.

Is this a burning issue then???
No, it’s not, but we are on the danger side of that. To begin, let’s establish that cell phone usage does not elicit the same brain reaction as chronic addiction. Phone usage is often not accompanied with high withdrawal symptoms; rather, it is a habit that can be broken with a reset and cleanse.

That is, we may use our phones to remain in touch with our friends while also maintaining a good connection with them.

Start tracking how many times you pick up your phone each day with an app like Moment. It’s possible it’ll catch you off guard. The benefits of reducing that amount by simply 10 or 20 per day may astound you as well or in your mobile Set up Digital Wellbeing by following the below steps-

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Under “Your Digital Wellbeing tools,” tap Show your data.

Wait for blog-2 on de-addiction of mobile phones…..

Sailatha Rajesh,
Principal, Chrysalis High,Kadugodi

Chrysalis School is a hidden gem that is absolutely amazing. The experience started when we were driving through in search of school for our kids and saw this attractive newly built school.

Our interaction with school alumni assured us that our child will be in the best hands with the teachers and staff. The faculty and staff truly care about the students and are available around the clock to help with student needs.

Cheers!
Yaduveer Singh & Tanu Chaudhary

I started my journey at Chrysalis High in the third grade, and have been studying in the same till now and from all these years, I can say that Chrysalis High has the best staff and curriculum.

PUPA (Prior Understanding of Pupil Attributes) is a unique method used in Chrysalis High to understand a student’s learning ability, skills and emotions. They gain this knowledge from the parents and us in an effort to understand us better. The extracurricular activities, inter-school competitions, sports and cultural days organised help incorporate fun and games along with academics.

The student council and the elections for its positions familiarise a student with a sense of responsibility and teamwork. Studying at Chrysalis High has helped me grow to my full potential and has indeed trained me for the exam called life.

I would like to thank all the teachers and staff at Chrysalis High for making my learning experience the best.

Ms. Indrani Singh

Chief Vision Officer, Principal, Chrysalis High Marq & Head - Chrysalis Kids

Ms. Indrani Singh possesses a MSc and B.Ed degree to her credit. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of education and has climbed the rungs of leadership with her sheer dedication, hard work and love for her profession. She joined as the Head of Chrysalis Kids in 2013, which is a pre primary school of Chrysalis. Her out of box thinking and her ideology of doing the right thing for the children have helped her to pioneer new processes to make learning an enriching experience for the children. Across a period of seven years, Ms. Indrani Singh has become a flag bearer of Chrysalis vision, especially the PUPA (Prior Understanding of Pupil Attributes) Program. Indrani brought in the idea of Pre-CHAMPS to all Chrysalis schools. Known for her ideation & focus on quality, Indrani leaves no stone unturned to ensure children have a wonderful learning experience at Chrysalis. In 2017, she was made Associate Academic Director – Pre Primary & again promoted to Academic Director – Pre Primary, a role she handles along with the responsibilities of Chrysalis High, Marq. Under her supervision and guidance, many initiatives like Pre-CHAMPS, AwSTEM, Festival of learning were initiated and appreciated by all. Today she handles multitude of responsibilities from heading two schools to overseeing the Pre-Primary Curriculum Team of Chrysalis as the Academic Director. In addition to these profiles, she was recently promoted as Chief Vision Officer to propel PUPA, an initiative of Chrysalis, to greater heights. To this day, her ideas and her sheer determination to always try something different and new makes her a formidable and integral part of Chrysalis. With an unending pandemic looming over us, the future for education looked uncertain. But Ms. Indrani with her belief that learning should not stop for the children, ideated on the perfect balance of online and live class model to suit the learning styles of the children. The plan started with what best would suit the children and also help the working parents who were facing their own challenges and obstacles. The online model started with curriculum videos which the Chrysalis teachers recorded with the right guidance and methodology which was well defined by her. The live classes began with once a week class to slowly introduce the children to digital learning. With children adapting to live class, the sessions increased to add more to their knowledge. Teachers were sensitized about the challenges of live class and how to ensure that they do the right thing for the children and be an integral part in their learning given the circumstances. Providing the right support to parents and the challenges they faced, were also key elements of the whole digital teaching process. Providing individual support to the children was one way to ensure we partnered with parents to provide the right support to the children and ensure that the learning did not stop.

Transport

We provide a fleet of well-maintained buses with trained drivers and lady attendants. Special care is taken while appointing the drivers, to ensure that only the experienced and qualified drivers are appointed after undergoing a driving test. The buses are equipped with safety equipment and a first-aid kit in case of an emergency.

Being GPS enabled, the school can locate the position of a bus at any time during commute and in case of a breakdown, can send a replacement bus instantly. To avoid rash driving and speeding, speed governors are installed in all the buses.

Salient Features

Nutrition

The School serves balanced and nutritious vegetarian snacks and lunch to students who have opted for the facility.

To supervise students during lunchtime, a teacher is appointed for monitoring each table. Children are trained to keep themselves clean and display correct dining manners.

Reverse Osmosis systems for purifying drinking water are available across the campus throughout the day.

Student Safety and School Security

Safety Always a step ahead!

Chrysalis is inarguably the only school where at no point of time, any child is left without supervision of a female teacher!

CCTV Cameras- Entire premises

Precautionary measures

Working at Chrysalis High has been a wholesome experience for me. What stands out for me is the support I receive from the school management in standing by my vision and passion as a teacher.

It would not be an exaggeration in the slightest, if I said that I feel always supported by the principal, coordinator and staff in performing my duties to the best of my abilities. This makes me confident that I would be given room to grow as an educator. It feels great to be part of a group that takes meaningful steps towards turning our philosophy and values into action!

The values we would love to instill in our students at Chrysalis High are strongly rooted in our hearts by our compassionate and efficient school heads and mentors and model them to our students.

The induction programme has been nothing short of immense learning and much-needed guidance to face all our challenges head-on and it has helped prepare ourselves for the year ahead.

At Chrysalis High, I find myself doing what I love to do, staying true to what I strongly believe in and above all I can see myself as a passionate learner with new opportunities to learn each and every day. To top it all, the love and support my students shower on me is an additional perk without which I cannot be the happy teacher that I am today.

Suhasini. S
Secondary Teacher

Chrysalis High team integrates compassion into their teaching standards, emphasizes the importance of values and builds leaders through each of their classes and lessons. It allows for a lower student to teacher ratio. Online teaching during difficult times of Covid – 19 was indeed a huge challenge for all schools but the support provided by the school to transcend the challenge of teaching students by providing apt and timely training to teachers in online teaching methodology is commendable. This has been very useful to students as well as their parents. The teachers had worked hard in coming up with innovative methods of teaching to keep the students up breast with subjects with their enthusiasm intact.  It’s been a wonderful journey for me at Chrysalis High so far.  The entire team works in unison with one thought in mind – the betterment of the children.

My sincere thanks to Principal ma’am, Coordinators and last but not least my colleagues for the constant support and love.

Upasana Banerjee –
Primary Teacher

I am very happy studying at Chrysalis High Bannerghatta Road. I got admission during the lockdown period. The online classes were well organized and very interactive.

I gained a lot of knowledge during online classes, and the teachers understood us quickly and were there for us at all times. Even though we didn’t meet personally, the atmosphere at Chrysalis was always very warm and supportive. Even though online classes were new to everyone, our teachers were able to identify where we were lagging, and they provided Individual Support Classes (ISP).

The teachers are very interactive, friendly with us, and support us to come up with our own ideas. Practical explanation of the subject through STEaM is also one of the most exciting sessions in our school. The teachers also covered extracurricular activities and enrichment activities during the online classes. The warm welcome by the teachers to the offline classes made us more excited to attend school and a day at Chrysalis High with my friends and teachers is something that I eagerly look forward to every day.

Chrysalis High, is a great school which develops a good foundation for kids both academically and also in character building. Both the pre primary and now the primary school years for Samay, have been socially nurturing and academically challenging. Our son loves his school, he has come a long way from his nursery days till today, the 3rd grade.

Everyone at school, be it the Principal, Coordinators, teachers or the administrative staff, all have been really cooperative and supportive. Chrysalis also has one of the best parent – teacher relationship!

Overall, Chrysalis High, has been a wonderful experience for both Samay and us till date. We appreciate the great work and looking forward for more!

Regard,
Kavita

I have been in Chrysalis High BG Road since 2018. The teachers have laid a strong foundation, helped me improve on my basics in all subjects and played a major role in me evolving into the best version of myself. My school has given me many opportunities to develop my leadership skills and I will always feel grateful about that. I have made many friends in the last couple of years, thanks to the warm atmosphere at Chrysalis High. During online classes our school left no stone unturned and even though our classes were online, they ensured we learnt with the same enthusiasm.

My Voyage at Chrysalis High Marq has been spectacular and overwhelming. The school has positive vibes that makes it a beautiful shelter for not only students but also for the teachers. Here at Chrysalis we are motivated to nurture the young minds in the best possible way.

I learnt number of years of work experience is not that counts, what is more important is the quality one possesses through their learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and unfaltering curiosity.

Chrysalis High is an impressive organization that makes educators feel supported and equipped. I ’am proud to be a part of this institution that strive to take eloquent steps to transform our care philosophy and values into effective action.

I feel privileged to be an integral part of such a proficient and progressive workforce. Chrysalis oozes integrity and excellence that is t=refreshing and essential in our daily duties.

Chrysalis exemplifies what it means to be an organization that is “To help our children excel by understanding them, guiding them on the right path and strengthening their self belief.”

I enjoy working at Chrysalis High because this is a place where high energy meets absolute dedication.As a teacher, each day is a new day for me and I fully value the myriad opportunities that enhance my experience.

I also appreciate the unique working atmosphere and  the collaborative culture  that allows me to grow not only as a professional, but also as a person.

The school provides me with a lot of scope to interact with children and their parents, and this gives me an opportunity  to gain deeper insights into ways to help each of them achieve their academic goals.

The school’s vision for children is a guiding principle for all of us. It is indeed a pleasure to work with my immediate superiors who are both-understanding and supportive in all aspects. Together, I am certain that we will have a mutually enriching and exciting academic year ahead.

Anuradha Shankar Venkataraman,
Employee, Chrysalis High Marq

Chrysalis High Marq has paved new roads of possibilities of learning and fruitful experiences for both teachers such as myself and the students.

The things that are most satisfying for me are the never ending opportunities to learn, perform out of the comfort zone and most importantly the endless love that I receive from the children. Life is a continuous learning process and Chrysalis High Marq has made it possible by giving me many opportunities to be creative in the way I work. The whole team works as a family by supporting and helping each other at any given point of time .

The motivation, appreciation, support and positivity received by us is in turn passed on to our students. The school believes in the holistic development of all its children and takes all the necessary measures to nurture the young minds in a fruitful way. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Chrysalis High Marq family.

Shivani
Educator, Chrysalis High Marq

In the field of Construction, they say- “ A well-designed and strong foundation keeps the building standing while the forces of nature wreak havoc.” The same purpose that a foundation serves for a building, schooling does for our children- ensures they are wholly prepared for the journey called Life!

Having worked for a few schools in the past, I was aware of the paramount role a school plays in the initial nurturing of a child. While joining Chrysalis, I expected a similar school environment as in my past, but to my astonishment, things were incredibly better. While the academics here are indeed exceptional, even better is the focus on the character development of each child. Teachers know their Children really well, beyond just recalling the child’s name; all thanks to initiatives like PUPA. The teachers nurture children in a way that is not just caring and loving but also instills in them qualities like compassion, collaboration, empathy and many more from an early age. Children are also encouraged in a way that they constantly thrive to develop confidence in their own unique abilities.

Well, what we reap is what we sow; and not just the teachers but the whole team in Chrysalis believes in this fact. We work together tirelessly because we know we are nurturing kids to form a responsible and noble generation for the future!

Anjali E
Faculty, Chrysalis High Marq

I have been a student at Chrysalis High Marq for two school years and from what I have experienced, I can tell you it is a great school. The staff is excellent and the rules help keep the school safe and in order.

There is an equal balance of learning and reviewing the information. There are enrichment activity classes as well to where we have life skill and ink well sessions that help in the refinement and polishing of the mind. Chrysalis has initiated many activities for students. We have engrossing and fun-filled Indoor Champs, Performing Arts classes, Buddy interaction time etc. The teachers in Chrysalis are hardworking and determined . I am so proud and lucky to go to Chrysalis!

Sean Lennon
Grade VIII