In recent decades, Digital technology has changed almost every aspect of people’s lives Office work, shopping, entertainment, television, travel, transport, and long distance communications are just few areas that have been revolutionized. It’s become increasingly rare to find an electronic device or large machine that doesn’t incorporate digital technology in some way.
However, there is a very dark face to digital technology too. Your eyes itch from looking at screens all day and your head hurts badly. Your back aches from leaning towards your desktop/laptop for work. And you can’t go more than an hour without checking your phone. There are studies proving that technology clearly isn’t doing you any favors to your health.
From established health organizations to prominent universities, researching on the negative effects of technology on the human body has become a popular topic. And the news for everyday users are not very good to digest. Doctors, psychologists, and technology experts are arguing that all of these devices are affecting our bodies and mental well-being for the worse.
The human body has evolved through a very lengthy process of change and finally accomplished a vast array of unimaginable feats. But due to a daily grind that sees us sat at a desk through a working day, looking at a phone while travelling, then watching all series on Netflix, without realizing we’re putting all sorts of tech-driven strain on ourselves. And, the positions your body contorts into in order to utilize modern technology could be damaging it. Negative effects of technology are already visible in our bodies today.
Technology’s increasing presence in our lives has a negative effect on our eyesight. When we stare at a screen of your smartphone or laptop for a long time, we often forget to blink which leads to digital eye strain as it reduces our blink rate by half. Additionally, reading the smaller fonts on a smartphone or other portable device can intensify the strain. According to the Vision Council, 80% of American adults are in front of the digital devices for more than two hours per day, along with an additional 67% that use two devices or more at the same time. Subsequently, they found that 59% of American adults report experiencing symptoms of “digital eye strain.”
One of the most significant negative effects of technology isn’t due to digital devices at all, but rather, the sedentary lifestyle they manifest. It’s hard to get enough active play and exercise if you’re always on your smartphone or working on your laptop. New research at Kent State University has linked high smartphone use to poor fitness in college students. Why go to work, when you can work from home? Who needs to head out for entertainment when movies and video game catalogs are available to stream?
This convenience leads, of course, to less physical movement. And that could be causing more of a problem than we realize.
Impact on Mental health
Technology has changed the way human thinks. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention spans and sleep cycles. This is attributed to a scientific phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to alter its behavior based on new experiences. Being overly connected can cause psychological issues such as distraction, narcissism, expectation of instant gratification, and even depression.
When it comes to sleep, technology definitely gets in the way of a good night’s rest.
Most screen technology we use are smartphones, tablets, laptops emits a blue light. This depletes your body’s melatonin that actually helps you sleep, causing you to stay awake longer and get less rest.
Too much of anything is never good for you. Let it be anything technology, sweets, or even going for a run. Moderation is the only real way to make sure you have a healthy life.
Let technology be a pleasant addition to your full life, not the only thing you live for. Because, rest assured, you’re going to feel the physical and mental effects of that dependence before you know it.