The addiction of the smartphone has gripped us in its intoxicating reach, so much so that scientists are confused if smartphones usage should be propagated or condemned. The irony of technology dependence is, less usage increases the urge towards it and increased usage enhances the health hazards related to the subject.
A research published in Telegraph.co.uk speaks on how researchers conducted a test with a batch of students, where some students were allowed to keep their phones during the examination whereas the other group was devoid of the same. The results were astonishing.
“They found that students who had their phone removed before the task scored, on average, 17 per cent points lower on working memory than those who were allowed to hold on to their phones, even if they just kept the phone in their pocket. It also hindered reaction times in switching between tasks.”
Yes! Is this firm hold of smartphones creating convenience or health hazards? Let us have a look:
1. Just like a sword, our mind sharpness depending on its usage. Studies have shown that every time we make a decision based on our search engine or apps researches, we are allowing our brain to be increasingly lazy and dependent. Trust your gut instinct instead.
2. Improper posture and hunched backs are collateral damage, as we are constantly dropping our shoulders and slouching forward to check updates from the online world.
3. Replacing exercise or physical activity with online purchasing or games, our smartphone eats our mental peace based on what we see on our feeds from our dear ones. Increased anxiety and depression with the fear of missing out, are a few of the immediate outcomes of spending excessive time on the smartphones.
4. Extending from office boundaries, the work spills on to our personal lives due to the ‘always available’ tag our smartphones have lent us. This further makes way to the need for an immediate response, otherwise the stress cycle continues.
A report from naturalivingideas.com mentions, “The study, which looked at 100 university students, retail workers and public-sector employees, found that the stress gets so bad for some, that they actually begin to experience phantom vibrations, thinking their phone is buzzing when it isn’t!”
5. Espresso shot Vs. Bright light of the smart phone, what do you think disrupt your sleep patterns more? The latter wins the title hands down. Our mobile devices are the first and the last thing we reach out for in a day. Huff post survey mentions that as large as 63% of people between the age group of 16 to 29 drift to sleep while they are on their phones or tabs or laptops. The waves from the smartphone are known to interfere in healthy sleep patterns.
6. No brownie points for guessing that our eyes are a direct victim of the blue light from the devices, which wreaks mayhem on the retina.
7. Hampering our social interactions and personal warmth in the relationships, smartphone gulps the real time with our family & friends and replaces it with virtual time. We prefer talking to someone away from us rather the one in front of us.
With all this said, how many of us will actually try to reduce the time on a gadget? Make simple, small changes to see bigger differences.