Electronic devices, including smartphones and 5G networks, are an important part of many people’s lives today. However, uninterrupted use of these gadgets can endanger health.
Which negative effects can electronic devices, smartphones and 5G networks have on your health? In the following article you will find some aspects you should consider.
Neck and Back Problems
Smartphones contribute to the fact that more and more people suffer from neck and back problems. The unnatural posture when reading the small screens causes pressure on the intervertebral discs and contributes to the fact that about 45% of 16 to 24-year-olds suffer from neck and back pain.
A human head weighs about 6 kg. The pressure on the spine increases with each centimeter of head tilt forward. To reduce this risk, make sure you have a stable and neutral posture and position your laptop or tablet about an arm’s length away from you. Stay muscularly stable, but in a relaxed manner.
Excessive use of electronics may interfere with the internal clock and cause sleep disturbance. For example, if you enjoy working at the computer in the evening and at night, watching long TV shows or playing video games, you are more prone to sleepless nights.
Why? Video games can affect your melatonin levels. This hormone is needed to regulate wakefulness and sleep cycles.
The excessive use of gadgets and obesity are linked together. Lack of sleep can negatively affect hormonal balance, e.g. melatonin, a sleep hormone, and leptin and ghrelin, which affect hunger among other things. A change in appetite and sleep can change eating habits, increasing the appetite for high-calorie foods and leading to obesity.
The long usage of gadgets and media multitasking can negatively affect your cognitive abilities and attention. This is due, among other things, to the wealth of information and programmed content that simultaneously vie for the user’s attention. This changes reading behavior. Compared to reading a book, there is less reading and interpretation. Instead, more is clicked and consumed.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
When working on a PC, laptop or using other electronic gadgets, constant hand movements over a keyboard, mouse or display are inevitable. This can irritate the tendons and cause swelling. Pain in the hands, forearms and shoulders is a common consequence.
If such overloads are not cured, chronic stress injuries and permanent pain can occur and take longer to heal.
Technological advances in the form of electronics, smartphones and other gadgets make life easier for people. However, uncontrolled use can lead to various health problems. For this reason, it is advisable to restrict the use of electronic devices.
From time to time, disable the Wi-Fi or Internet connection on your smartphones or tablets to limit the constant flood of messages and usage time.
Also try participating in active leisure activities that prevent you from using your electronic gadgets more often than necessary. In this way, you can promote your health in two ways.