How modern technology affects us
We spend a lot of time at the computer. And when it is not in hand, we switch to smartphones. Or sticking to video games. We watch news, videos with cats, like photos of friends and participate in useless online discussions.
But if you give up all gadgets at least for a while, you will be amazed at how much of this time you will have. It can be used very effectively. Go in for sports, for example. Make repairs. Be with loved ones. Finally sleep!
Let's not be like strange guys in foil hats who shout that technology is irradiating us with radiation. You don't need to be seven spans in the forehead to understand that a computer and a uranium rod are slightly different things. However, gadgets do cause some harm to health, especially if they are used incorrectly.
Looking at the screens for a long time is harmful to your eyes. Ophthalmologist at Massachusetts Hospital of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Matthew Gardiner calls there are two main reasons for this.
First, when looking at interface elements, we overstrain our eyes. Secondly, at the computer, we literally forget to blink. The frequency of blinking decreases from 15 to 5 times per minute, which causes dry eyes. Therefore, in order to save your eyesight, follow some simple rules . And spend less time at the monitor.
In addition to vision, a computer can also harm your posture. It is not typical for a person to remain motionless for a long time. Therefore, sit at the computer correctly. Or do not use it at all, why waste time on trifles.
And smartphones are bad for the neck : using them, we constantly tilt our heads to look at the screen. American chiropractor Dean Fishman even suggested a special name - "text neck syndrome" - for a disease that develops in those who like to correspond on a smartphone, tilting their head.
Many people sit at their computers until dark. And, going to bed, they continue to stick to their smartphone, reading posts on social networks or liking photos on Instagram for the coming sleep. Forcing yourself to put down the gadget and finally fall asleep can sometimes be very difficult.
Computers, smartphones, and indeed all devices with bright screens negatively affect the quality of sleep. This has been repeatedly confirmed by research.
Digital device manufacturers are aware of this problem: they provide gadgets with a "Night mode" function that automatically changes the color temperature of screens. But this is only a half measure. The only sure way to improve sleep is to stop using TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones a couple of hours before going to bed.
Social media is great. All the people there are happy and beautiful. Look at the photos of those you follow on Instagram or Facebook: fitons show perfect figures, avid travelers grab dolphins by the tail and conquer Everest, rich young people pose next to their Lamborghini. Inevitably, you think that you are doing something wrong with your life.
Psychologists at the University of Houston conducted a study and established a link between depression and Facebook use. They found that people who spend a lot of time on social media and compare themselves to their friends become depressed and unhappy .
Another study this time from scientists at the University of Gothenburg, confirms that smartphone abuse in general increases the risk of depression. Their Harvard colleagues are of the same opinion.
So stop studying other people's pictures: live your life and forget about others.