What was once a common way of life before food was readily available in every city block, nomadism starts to rise again. This lifestyle that requires constant movement becomes the perfect the solution for those who find themselves restless in a constant environment.
Many who have embraced the digital nomad lifestyle have noticed how the constant change of scenery, people, and culture stimulates their brains and allows them to work at the peak of their abilities. As more studies are conducted on this group of digital nomads, one obvious attribute has emerged.
Neurodivergence is a common thread among nomads working the digital lifestyle. For those unfamiliar, this term refers to those whose brains function differently from what is considered “typical” in society. Neurodivergence encompasses people with ADHD and ASD.
Those diagnosed with ADHD are known to be forgetful, have difficulty concentrating, and be very impulsive. Digital nomadism has become a form of self-medication for many people with ADHD. They are exposed to new surroundings, new people, new adventures, and there is always something going on in their lives.
Psychologist Sonia Jaeger chimed in on the topic, stating that a large portion of the digital nomad community is made up of neurodivergent individuals. This lifestyle is seen as a positive way for people with neurodivergence to quell their need for constant change and lead mentally fulfilling lives.
In recent pandemic years, digital nomadism has exploded as more and more job opportunities slip away. Most of those who experience this lifestyle work in the industries of software development, website design and development, copywriting, and graphic design.