Tech-Related Health Risks And Solutions
The coming of smartphones, laptops and tech gadgets helps make our daily lives easy but it also came with huge hazard to our health. Below are 10 things to look out for.
1. Smartphone/Laptop stress. Feeling a bit anxious? Scientists have found an deep connection between smartphones and stress, as people regularly check messages and alerts (why hasn’t he/she texted or called me back?!) (This my picture has only few likes). Many cannot even get a good sleep because their phones are always on, in the middle of a good sleep your phone might ring and wake you up from sleep and even if you dint pick the call you going back to sleep again might be difficult.
So take a break! Turn phones to silent or plan to check it only every few hours.
2. The Internet causing anxiety. Over 60 percent of Americans turn to The Internet to help diagnose their aches and pains. But WebMD is no personal doctor, and relying on Dr. Google may lead to cyberchondria— excessive health anxiety caused by online searches. If something’s worrisome, try making the trek to a professional instead of the computer.
3. Cell phone/Laptop sickness. Researchers have found mobile phones can be contaminated with various types of bacterias that could lead to infection . Acne caused by cell phones/Laptops. Scrubbing down before bed may not be enough to keep acne at bay. Cell phones/laptops can be covered in bacteria, causing oils to collect when placed against the face. The result? Unwanted pimples on cheeks and chins.
410. Computers causing back and neck pain. It doesn’t stop at the wrist. A recent study found leaning in to read the small print on a tablet screen can strain the neck . And other research suggests hunching over that laptop (or desktop!) can cause pain in the neck and back . Need a simple solution? Place the tablet on a table, in a case that holds it upright. When using a laptop or desktop, use a standing desk.
5. Cell phones and car accidents. Chatting on the phone while driving is more than just distracting— it can actually reduce activity in the brain and draw our focus away from the road. So ditch the phone and keep both hands on the wheel! And don’t even think about texting. Oprah would so not approve!
6. Radiation from cell phones. Cell phones emit some radiation that can be absorbed by the user, but research has yet to prove the amount can be harmful . However, it has become a slight concern as more and more people are using cellular devices. (Even two year-olds.)
7. Laptop headaches. Hangover headaches are so last year. Straining eyes by staring at the computer screen for too long can cause headaches and blurred vision . Luckily, you can now listen to many Greatist articles, so close those eyes and listen away! (Just finish reading this one article first.)
8. Decreased sperm count from WiFi. Sorry dudes— better keep that laptop off the lap so those sperm keep swimmin’. A recent study found that radiation from Wi-Fi can kill sperm if the computer is too close to the crotch .
9. Smartphones/Headphone use leading to accidents. In the past eight years, many pedestrians have died while using smartphones or wearing headphones. Don’t just turn down the volume; to really hear those trains, planes, and automobiles, unplug completely.
10. Vision Problems. “Computer Vision Syndrome” is the complex of problems associated with excessive screen time, including eyestrain, blurred vision, and dry eyes.
Don’t forget to blink! It may sound silly, but we tend to blink less frequently than normal when using a computer
We spend nearly 50 hours a week looking at computer screens, according to research conducted by the College of Optometrists. But prolonged use can result in what has been dubbed “computer vision syndrome”, with symptoms including eye strain, double vision and temporary short-sightedness.