5 Serious Ways Gadgets Could Be Affecting Your Health

We all think gadgets are the greatest things in the world, but are they doing more harm than good? That iPad you got last year doesn’t leave your hands when you’re sitting in the house. Your phone is the first thing you pick up when you wake up in the morning. Your laptop is probably the last thing you look at before you go to sleep every night of the week.

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You’re not the only person who lives like this because it’s becoming really apparent we are all completely addicted to gadgets. I’m going to upset you because I want to explain how they could be hurting your health. You don’t need to throw them in the trash can yet, but I’d recommend you think about spending less time on them every day before you forget what the real world looks like.

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1. You’ll get insomnia

No matter how hard we try, we can’t get to sleep once we get into the bad habit of looking at bright screens before bedtime. Often we sit up all night staring at a bright screen until it’s minutes before bedtime. Then we just lie there for hours staring at the ceiling because our gadgets have prevented us from creating the sleep hormone we need to drift off. Insomnia is becoming serious and it’s affecting lots of lives. While we might turn to sleeping pills to help resolve our bouts of insomnia, it will keep on coming back so long as we are addicted to looking at screens. So switch off at least an hour before bedtime before it happens to you.

2. Computer vision syndrome

I want you to imagine you’re back in the olden days and you’re hunting a wild animal. If you don’t catch anything you will starve to death. At what point in your adventure do you stare at the same point for hours and hours until your eyes feel strained? It definitely wouldn’t happen because human eyes definitely weren’t designed to stare into a screen for hours without looking up. Looking at your gadget screens for long hours would certainly create a lot of problems for your eyes. Therefore, do take a moment to adjust your screen settings to the level that comfy your eyes.

3. Getting a little fat

Do you think we’re all fat these days because we stuff our faces with fast food and fizzy pop? You would be forgiven for thinking this, but it’s not necessarily true. The reason most of us are overweight is because we simply don’t move around enough. We don’t move around enough because we’d rather spend most of our time sitting in front of a fancy gadget.

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4. Repetitive stress injuries

When you bang on the keyboard for hours on end it can do strange things to the tendons inside your hand. Even playing around with your mouse can cause you damage because you literally do it all day. These repetitive stress injuries are common, so you should learn to unplug every once in a while. Don’t wait until you can’t feel your hand before you do something about it because it’s not worth it.

5. Can you hear what I’m saying?

Would you sit underneath an airplane when the engines were running for entertainment? You wouldn’t because it’s not entertaining, but also because it would hurt your ears. That doesn’t stop you from sticking a gadget in your ears and pumping up your music until it’s loud enough to make you deaf. Your hearing is probably already slightly damaged after years of abuse.

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