Let’s admit it, technology, specifically our phones, have saved us and is still saving is from a lot of inconvenience in life. Sure, it’s a lifesaver, it’s got informative apps, an effective multi-tasker, but it can cause significant physical and emotional health problems for those who you use it a little bit too much. Experts have come up with real condition of a no-mobile-phone phobia, which is called “nomophobia.“
Below are the risks of being too hooked on our smartphones.
- Our phones are loaded with germs.
We may not feel it or notice it, but studies have shown that there is a disturbing amount of germs found on our phone, and it’s not joke. According to Phonesoap, our smart phones have 18x more harmful bacteria than that handle in a public restroom we all try to avoid. We have to be mindful of where we’re setting our phone down.
- Our phones cause dangerous distractions.
Crossing the streets, driving, and going down the stairs are examples of the common accidents our phones can put us in. We are continuously attending to multiple tasks but it is only ‘partial’ attention. Even when we’re not using it, our smartphones still distract us!
- Our phones keep us up at night.
You think it’s keeping you busy, but the exposure to artificial light before going to bed is what’s suppressing your brain’s ability to release melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. With that, losing sleep can lead to all sorts of health problems, including depression, weight gain, and even some serious diseases.
- Our phones damage our eyes.
Headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes – our phones are a huge culprit. According to Digital Trends, many of us, especially those who work on a computer all day, spend most of our waking lives staring at screens. reveals that a third of adults spend more than 9 hours every day on digital devices.
- Our phones affect our posture.
Using our phones cause us to look down and bend our necks. Unfortunately, we do not notice what effects it can bring in the long run. The human head is not weightless, it turns out, when you tilt it forward, it’s pulling the spine in a way that your spine isn’t meant to be pulled on so frequently. Constantly looking down at an angle places enormous strain on the spine and can result in permanent harm.
You know you have nomophobia when there’s anxiety and stress over missing out on a text or Facebook update.
It’s probably not the first time you’ve been warned about texting and using your phone too much, but here’s to remind you again.
We are all hyped and holed with technology, that we don’t notice how it damages our health in more ways than one.