How Your Smartphone Affects Your Brain And Body



How your phone affects your health

betty textingTry not to look at your phone right before bed. The CW

Avoiding in the 21st century is as easy as stepping between raindrops — which is to say, it's not. There's a likely chance that as you read this, your phone is within reach, or in your hand right now. The evolution of the cell phone has advanced so that the whole world sits in the palm of your hand, just a swipe or tap away. Though having access to limitless information, communication and entertainment anywhere at any time is convenient, it is also more damaging than you'd guess.

Your phone can expose you to bacteria and germs.

When was the last time you disinfected your phone? According to a 2019 study, high levels of bacterial contamination can be found on the surface of cell phones. Think about everything that you touch in a day, and how frequently the germs you pick up can transfer onto your phone. Time magazine suggests that your phone could be 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat.

Though you probably won't contract any serious illnesses through contact with your phone, you can be exposed to bacteria that can weaken your immune system enough to make you susceptible to getting sick. A good way to eliminate most of the surface build up is by wiping your phone with a microfiber cloth.

Text neck is real, and it can harm your spine.

Looking down at your phone strains your neck. Michael Dodge/Stringer/Getty Images

Frequently looking down at your phone for extended periods of time puts a strain on your neck. According to a spine surgeon, Dr. David DeWitt, tilting your head forward to view or write text messages causes the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your neck to work harder to hold your head up. Over time, the strain weakens the strength of your muscles and can lead to pain and damage of the spine.

By raising your phone to eye-level and straightening your posture, you can avoid "text neck" and assure less muscle strain.

The blue light from your phone screen can disrupt your sleep.

All of your devices emit short wavelength light, known as blue light. A Harvard study claimed that exposure to blue light before bed decreases natural melatonin production, a hormone that regulates sleep. The brightness from your phone screen can interrupt your natural circadian rhythm, and cause for shorter REM cycles and overall restless sleep.

Many smartphones have an option to shift to a warmer tone at night to make phone use easier on your eyes. Still, it's recommended to cut down on use of any technology before bed to give your mind and body time to wind down.

Keeping up with constant notifications can spike anxiety.

Try putting on 'Do Not Disturb' mode for a couple of hours. Freeform

Everything on your phone has an alert. A call, a text, a tweet, an email, a follow — the list goes on and on. With a constant influx of information grabbing your attention, it can put pressure on you to have your phone on you at all times to stay informed. Researchers agreed, telling The Chicago Tribune that the possibility of missing something if you don't keep your phone nearby can induce a feeling of stress and anxiety.

The reality is that there is more going on around you than on your phone in front of you. In order to break free from the commitment you have to constantly check your phone, try putting on 'Do Not Disturb' mode for a couple of hours and give yourself a break.

Staring at your screen for long periods of time can damage the health of your eyes.

It goes without saying that there are negative effects to staring atanyscreen for a prolonged period of time. There's a reason that people limit themselves from the amount of time they spend in front of a TV or computer, and the same should be considered for your phone. Remember the blue light? The cornea and lens can't filter it, so the light goes to the back of the eye, which can weaken vision over time. Staring at your phone can also induce tired eyes and a headache. It's important to look up and give your eyes a chance to take in less harsh light.

Social media makes it easy to compare yourself to other people and make yourself unhappy.

The ease in which you can compare yourself to others can cause feelings of inadequacy. Netflix

Instagram, Facebook, YouTube — these are just a few examples of social media platforms that people can share their lives with their friends and strangers alike. When you're scrolling through pictures and posts of other people's lives, it's easy to consider what your life looks like versus theirs. Though social media can be fun entertainment, it can also open up the door for harmful comparison. Being able to keep up to date with someone else's success (or pitfalls) invites the opportunity for you to compare your life to theirs. That can invoke a feeling of inadequacy and unhappiness, according to Psychology Today.

Social media only shows a highlight reel of someone's life, and when you like a photo of someone's engagement ring on Instagram or share a comment on a graduation post on Facebook, remember that you're only seeing a little bit of the bigger picture.






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Date: 19.12.2018, 05:58 / Views: 65373