The Effect Of Technology On The Human Body
Things to know before it’s too late
Technology has jumped leaps and bounds in the past few decades and the turnover rate is getting quicker and quicker. Smartphones of today will be long forgotten in 12 short months and teenagers don’t even know what beepers are anymore.
With the efficiency that technology offers, it’s hard to call it a bad thing. But as the saying goes, too much of anything can be a bad thing.
Spinal Strain. Some research has argued that checking our smartphones causes serious strain to our spinal cords. New York spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj has found that tilting just 60 degrees to look at your phone can put as much as 60 pounds of pressure on your neck. Other studies also claim that being in front of our computers all day negatively affects posture.
Bacteria Spread. If you think about it, we bring our phones with us everywhere, including the bathroom. Gadgets pick up everything from germs to bacteria and holding them with our hands only exposes us to these things. The result? It can be anything from acne outbreaks to full on sicknesses.
Hearing Loss. Music has become a part of our everyday lives, but we need to be conscious about the volume we listen in. Noise exposure can cause permanent hearing loss, so listening to anything at a high decibel is a big no.
Eye Pain. Too much contact with any screen—whether from television, smartphone, computers or tablets—will exhaust your sight. This can lead to blurry vision, dry eyes or even migraines.
Stress, Anxiety and Forgetfulness. Studies have found that checking Google can lead to the building of stress, anxiety and forgetfulness. When we wake up in the morning and see emails upon text messages and reminders, our stress levels go haywire even before we have the chance to brush our teeth. Googling anything from symptoms to consumer prices can make you anxious. And when was the last time you had to memorize someone’s phone number or had to read an actual map to get somewhere? It’s making our minds lazy and forgetful.
Loneliness. At the rate we check our multiple social media accounts, it’s no wonder why we sometimes feel lonely. Seeing someone else’s activity can lead us to feel inferior. On the other hand, research has claimed that lonely people log onto Facebook more and more. It poses a risk of becoming a never-ending cycle.
Lack of Sleep. It’s no secret that our screens can cause negative effect on our sleep cycles. There’s something about the light that they emit that causes these results, especially if it’s before bedtime. However, even if you keep your phone away, something happens with our minds. Some researchers have claimed that having our smartphones near us causes us to be on high alert, which in turn keeps sleep at bay.
Anything can be consumed in moderation, but nothing should be used 24/7. Make sure to take breaks away from your gadgets. Take a walk, close your eyes and just breathe a little—your body and your mind will thank you later.