We all love our technology! Advances in medical technology have positively impacted almost all of our lives. We are living longer, our medical care is safer and is now more convenient than ever. But what about the technology that we use day to day, it’s easy to forget the potential negative impacts on our health if we aren’t mindful users.
Whether it’s scrolling through Instagram or binging Netflix, technology has become a major aspect of our daily lives. Do you know how that could be impacting your health?
With the rise of social media platforms also comes the rise of potential self-esteem issues, depression, and even a lack of human connection. Cyber bullying has become a major problem amongst teens. And vulnerable populations are being exposed to unrealistic expectations. Though there are positives effects from social media in fostering social connections and finding support for otherwise marginalized communities, it is important to be cognizant of the potential harms and to create limitations for your use. And remember that the perfect posts you see on Insta aren’t always reality!
Did you know that your cell phone is about 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat?! Imagine all of the surfaces that phone touches. Disgustingly, fecal material is often found on screens that aren’t cleaned regularly. You can help to keep your phone clean by regularly disinfecting it to get rid of bacteria like E. coli, MRSA, and strep.
Technology Effects on eyesight
With all of our screen time, our eyes can be put to the test with increased amounts of eye strain and possible blue light injury, which can result in headaches or even migraines. The 20/20/20 rule can help, divert your eyes from the screen every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds and look at an object at least 20 feet away. The blue light emitted from your screen can also affect circadian rhythms and affect sleep. There are settings on your iPhone that you can adjust to ambient lighting for nighttime. Also try adjusting the brightness of your screen, avoid screentime for the 2-3 hours before bedtime and always making sure to get regular eye checkups.
Distracted driving causes approx 1 out of 4 car accidents and up to 11,000 injuries a year are caused by texting while walking!! How often do you see people buried in their phones while walking? I’ve definitely seen plenty of drivers looking at their phone while on the highway, which is so scary! Not only is it dangerous and possibly deadly, but it’s also illegal! Here in Hawaii, our distracted walking law has up to a $99 penalty! So no matter how much you’re itching to send that message, don’t drive or walk while texting!
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