Electronic gadgets, including smartphones and 5G networks, have become a vital part of many people’s lives these days. It is because of the convenience and entertainment that such devices offer. However, it is necessary to put a limit on your use of these gadgets as using them too much can also put your health at risk.
Today, we will tackle the bad effects of technology, specifically electronic gadgets, smartphones, and 5G networks, when used excessively, into your health so you can motivate yourself to be a more responsible and wiser user of such items.
Excessive use of electronics can lead to sleep disorders, including insomnia. Note that if you work face-to-face every night with a bright monitor, then there is a great chance that your internal clock will get disrupted. For instance, if you are fond of video games and you often do it at night then you will be prone to having sleepless nights.
It is because video games can suppress your level of melatonin, which is the hormone necessary in regulating waking and sleep cycles. The same might happen even if you just chill in front of your TV. There is even a chance for adolescents who watch at least three hours of TV shows daily to increase their risk of suffering from frequent sleep issues once they reach early adulthood.
Neck and Back Problems
Smartphones also contribute to the increasing number of people suffering from neck and back problems. It is because spending too much time leaning over a small screen might add pressure to your spinal discs. The technological lifestyle of people nowadays also caused around 45% of young people aged 16 to 24 to experience back pain. The need to bend your head constantly over your smartphone, laptop, or tablet can also pressure and strain your neck muscles.
If you constantly do this for hours then your body will begin adopting the hunched position. Also, take note that while the average head of humans weighs around 12 lbs., the weight might increase by up to 10 pounds more for every inch of angling your head forward. Therefore, bending your head for 2-3 inches can already raise its total weight by up to 32 to 42 pounds.
Fortunately, you can avoid this effect by being conscious of your body’s position when holding a gadget. Make sure to stay in a neutral position all the time. It is also advisable to position your laptop or tablet screen around an arm’s length away. Avoid putting it too far away as it might only cause you to lean forward excessively, leading to unnecessary neck muscle tension.
The excessive use of gadgets and obesity are also closely related. There are even instances when sleep deprivation experienced by young adults and adolescents due to their constant use of electronics can make them prone to obesity or being overweight.
Also, take note that not sleeping at the right time every night might alter melatonin, a sleep hormone, and leptin and ghrelin, hunger hormones. This can have a great impact on your appetite and sleep, causing you to consume huge amounts of foods rich in calories. This further leads to obesity and excess belly fats.
Low Brain and Cognitive Function
Keep in mind that those who often look at several screens simultaneously are at risk of having shorter focus and attention span (only around 8 seconds). Before gadgets and smartphones became popular, the attention span of humans can reach up to twelve seconds. Media multitasking also makes your brain’s physical structure prone to changes that can trigger low or poor cognitive function.
Reading from the screen, instead of physical or actual books, might also impair your brain function. It can lower your concentration and focus. Also, those who use gadgets, such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones for reading purposes tend to put their focus on concrete details, instead of trying to interpret the content in an abstract manner. This can also affect your cognitive function.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
If you are constantly in front of a PC screen, then constant hand movements over a keyboard or mouse are inevitable. The problem with this is that it might lead to the irritation of your tendons. It might also cause your nerves to swell and lead to pain in your hands, forearms, and shoulders.
If left unmanaged, this can further lead to repetitive stress injury, which might affect your entire body. This happens when injured cells start releasing substances known as cytokines that tend to travel into the bloodstream. Such substances are toxic to the nerve cells.
Technological advancements in the form of electronics, smartphones, and other gadgets make people’s lives easier, but too much use of them can also lead to various health concerns. Because of that, it is advisable to avoid depending too much on your devices. Deactivate Wi-Fi or internet connection on your smartphones or tablets from time to time so you can avoid constant messages and reduce your dependence on the gadgets.
Also, try to take part in other activities that will prevent you from using your gadgets and electronic devices more often than necessary. That way, you can give yourself the chance to unplug and focus more on things that matter. Limiting your use of electronic devices can also prevent its negative effects on your health.