From calling for an Uber to chatting with your beloved far away, we are depending on our phones and other electronic items than ever before. As per a survey, at least 87 % of millennials say their smartphone never leaves their side. Think about it! When was the last time you were sitting idle without your phone? You probably can’t recall.
Well, no arguments on the fact that mobile phones have changed our lives drastically and made it much simpler. But hey, every coin has 2 sides to it. We come across a number of studies and researches which prove that with heavy usage of mobile phone we run the risk of affecting our health. The concern for overuse of these devices is genuine, as they are bound to cause many mental as well as physical impacts, which usually go unnoticed. The main human nature of habituation to something is often the root cause of these tech usage problems.
In today’s tech-savvy world we often see walking on the streets with their heads down- into their phones, either shuffling their playlist or simply texting. This is just one example. There are many such instances when we are constantly looking down our phones with our neck titled downwards. This may not be a good posture for your neck or even your spine and in long-term may cause what is called as Text Neck.
Text neck is the pain caused in the neck due to constant bending of it while using phone or computer for a longer duration. It may further lead to stiffness across the shoulders, numbness around the neck area and even headaches.
Tapping on your screen, liking your friend’s image, constantly typing or browsing on your phones- is something that we do on a daily basis. Well, when these activities are overdone it leads to an inevitable harm, which in non-medical terms is called as Text claws. Did you ever complain about how your fingers or wrist feel numb, lacking strength or sore? Yeah! That’s exactly what text claw is.
And guess what, it’s not thumbs up. As the thumbs drive 75% of all phone interactions, it makes it the most vulnerable to this damage compared to the other fingers.
Your mobile phone light in the dark affects your sleeping schedule much more than the caffeine in a double espresso. As per studies using electronic devices during bedtime is associated with worst quality of sleep. This could lead to sleeping disorders in short-term and stress and depression in the long term. The blue light emitted by the tech devices controls the production of a hormone (which keeps us awake in daylight and drowsy in dark) which leads to sleeplessness and imbalance in the bodily system.
Think of this situation! Your phone is getting charged in your living room or is in your purse and you have a constant feeling that your phone is vibrating. Although, in reality, it’s not. If this is the case, then you just experienced a phantom vibration.
There is a common tendency for people with this syndrome to mistake any movements in the body (like slight movement in cloth or muscle twitches) with vibration. As per a study, 9 out of 10 mobile users are facing this syndrome.
Spending long hours in front of your computer or even binge watching can cause this syndrome. While working on your computer, our eyes tend to follow the same path over and over. They move back and forth when you read or move up and down. All this puts extra strain on your eye muscle and can lead to damage in your eyes causing eyestrains, blurred and double vision, irritation in eyes, and also headaches, dizziness and so on. This is more common among people who work for longer hours in front of computers. Computer Vision Syndrome affects 75% of the people who work on computers for more than 3-4 hours.