Do you know that…
- 6 out of 7 billion people own a cell phone which is pretty shocking as to the fact that only 4.5 billion people have access to a working toilet.!!!
- 63% of people in the age group of 18-29 & 30% of individuals the age group of 30-64 fall asleep holding their smartphones.
- And shockingly a double espresso influences our body less than the screens of our mobile phones!!!
Having a phone might sound usual to you, but if you are looking at your phone right now, your spine angle is equivalent to that of an 8-year-old child sitting on your neck, which is significant considering that people spend an average of 4.7 hours a day looking at their phone.
Figure 1 if you are looking at your phone right now, your spine angle is equivalent to that of an 8-year-old child sitting on your neck, image source: Asap Science
In other words, when you put 4 – 5 kg weight of your massive head over your small and delicate neck at an angle of 45 degrees (i.e. when you look down on your phone for long period of time), it’s equivalent to placing 22kg stress on that neck. That’s the reason for your headache and back pain.
Considering the research conducted by the Pew Research center in 2014, one can easily deduce the fact, how much part of our life this little plastic box occupies. See the infographics below, you will clearly notice that just to get rid of boredom, we compromise on our social life or don’t remember even the basic things in our life, and we tend to bow down before our phone.
The statistics say it all.
As to the numerous advantages, there are also numerous ways in which your cell phone affects your brain and body. Here are some of them:
Confusion of Biorhythms
As you probably know that our body tends to follow a specific biological clock which is in synchrony with the sun and it’s called the circadian rhythm. In simpler terms, our body secretes different hormones during different times of the day. That’s why you feel refreshed and energetic during the daytime, whereas lousy and dizzy during the dark hours. We feel sleepy during the night because of a hormone name “melatonin”, secreted in the night which regulates the sleep cycle of our body. Using mobiles phone, especially in the dark, can alter your sleeping patterns. The bluish light emitted from mobiles screens, allows our brain to think that its morning time. Thus, the brain inhibits the secretion of melatonin and keeps you awake till late at night. At this moment it’s harder to fall asleep and wake up on time, and end feeling dull and tired the whole day.
Not only gathering new information but also will your brain find it very hard to remember the familiar and old things, The brain condition would resemble a messy wardrobe, crammed and overflooded with things, as a result, it would always become really difficult to find needed things.
If melatonin is not produced in the right fashion and sleep cycles are disrupted, there are chances that your organs will not work properly. You are tired physically but the mind is wide awake. So, it sends a signal or even demands the extra necessity of energy. You will feel the need to eat something, though it’s not necessary. It could lead to digestion problems and also obesity.
Remember mom telling us not to watch the television when the light is turned off.and she was right. The bluish light from a television or mobile influences the retina of our eyes. Such impact is especially bad in darkness. It also compromises the tear film and accounts to dryness of eyes. That’s where the phrase: “My eyes are getting tired” came from. When 2000 individuals underwent a regular eye checkup, 55% of them admitted that their eye discomfort most probably stemmed from their habit of spending too much time including night hours on their smartphones
HOW TO AVOID THESE CONSEQUENCES?
- Avoid Your Phone Before Sleep: Try to stay away from your phone for at least 2 hours before you hit the bed. Two hours would be more than enough for the brain to understand its already night and high time to get healthy rest.
- Read a book: Instead of surfing the internet it is better to get a novel and read it while laying on the bed. You can use even an e-book, as some devices (kindle for example) does not produce blue light and hence not messing up with your biorhythms.
- Frequent breaks: Taking frequent breaks, moving around, walking a few steps will help in getting the eyes, the mind and your spine also relaxed.
There is, obviously, no direct answer for this issue. The appropriate response begins with perceiving that our virtual condition has genuine results. If you think that you have better solutions to these problems, please let us know in the comment section:
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