4 Physical Effects Of Too Much Time Spent Using Devices
What do cell phones, laptops, tablets, handheld gaming devices, and computers have in common? We spend hours of our life glued to them for work or private usage, but all of the devices have screens. Whatever fancy gadget they create next we’re undoubtedly going to spend hours using them. While these devices are made to make our lives run smoother there are some risks associated with their use.
While there may be a social and mental impact associated with too much device usage there are physical impacts that are often overlooked. Here is a list of four major physical effects that overuse of mobile devices are having on the body:
1. Eye problems
Staring at our screens for hours daily can lead eye fatigue, dry eyes, soreness, overall fatigue, headache, and strain. Taking breaks every 20 minutes of screen time can greatly reduce these issues. Closing your eyes, performing eye exercises, or just staring outside for 60 seconds can help. Lubricating your eyes when they’re dry is also helpful.
2. Neck problems
Text or tech-neck develops from hanging the head and neck over while staring at a screen for long periods. Keeping the neck hunched over means our spine has to handle approximately 60 lbs. It can lead to neck strain, fatigue, pain, and headache. With the rise of mobile technology this issue has become more apparent in younger generations.
3. Text claw
Time spent playing mobile games, typing, or just holding the phone for long periods can lead to discomfort and pain in the fingers, hands, and wrists. Your muscles become more accustomed to the position as you spend more time in it. Take a break; massage the affected areas, perform appropriate exercises, and if you currently have symptoms a hot/cold treatment could help.
4. Mindless eating
The device doesn’t make you consume more, but it’s easier to eat mindlessly while using it. This is similar to binge eating while watching your favorite show on the coach. You can now watch the same shows on your smart device so the habit transfers over. Proper portion control and controlled feeding time around usage are best practice.
Let’s face it, we’re not going to forgo our digital devices anytime soon, but we can certainly make sounder decisions for the long run. Taking frequent breaks, exercising, adhering to a good diet, getting adequate sleep, and stretching tight areas are all necessary to avoid long term issues like those mentioned above. We must control our habits or they will control us.
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