5 Negative Effects Of Technology On Health
This is the age of technology! Your smartphone is smart enough to keep you in constant touch with your near and dear ones, help you find a good restaurant and also entertain you with games and music. However, there is a flip side to it too. Always being plugged in can take a toll on your physical as well as mental health. Some of the common issues linked to technology are as follows:
It makes you a distracted driver
While driving it is not good to check your phone but you have an irresistible urge to that :P. This is because your brain gives you a reward each time you respond to your phone’s ping and that reward is a shot of the feel good hormone- dopamine. You can go hands free but tell me one thing honestly, can’t you park your car on the side and attend to your call? Usually there is no such emergency that you can’t wait even for a second. Safety comes first.
Your quality of sleep is getting affected
People are experiencing insomnia due to excessive use of gadgets. Be it the computer screen, smartphone or ipad, these devices emit blue spectrum light that suppresses the brain’s release of the sleep hormone- melatonin.
You should be turning off all the gadgets including your TV at least an hour before bedtime. If you can’t do so, try wearing a pair of orange-tinted glasses that block blue spectrum light and let melatonin to flow.
You are turning into a desk potato
With videoconferencing, people are able to conduct meetings and make field trips without having to get up from their work desk. May sound convenient but it is a problem as it may lead to a sedentary lifestyle.
Try creating a digital as well as non-digital to-do list and alternate between the two. This can be done when you have time during weekends. Try doing more physical activities. For instance, after checking mails on a Saturday, start cleaning your room. If you work on the laptop for an hour get up and head to the grocery store for shopping.
Your risk of cardiovascular disease is increasing
Multitasking is a myth and studies have proved that. Working on different documents on different computer monitors at the same time will not increase your productivity. It will only increase the levels of cortisol in your body as a response to the stress induced by multitasking. High levels of cortisol can lead to heart disease.
Separate your tasks. Work on one task at a time. Mutltitasking can be taxing on your health. So check the mails, take a brisk walk come back do another task. Taking breaks in between is a great way out. Try doing stretches in between.
You social interactions are being affected
It is convenient to do video chatting on Skype as you can catch up with friends and family but it is just a video on a screen. A study has pointed out that humans need at least 6 hours of social interaction in a day to have a sense of emotional well being. Technological communication cannot substitute the personal touch that you get when interacting with people face to face.
Even in social gatherings you would have seen people engaged with the emails, texts and pings on their phones. They distract them from interacting with the actual people around. So, it is high time you paid attention to those around you. If you want to see the time, make use of your wrist watch instead of your phone.
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