Smartphones are now everywhere, and it seems that people are glued to their phones, which is a little upsetting. There is no doubt that smartphones have improved the way we communicate and live in the digital age. It makes us available 24/7, but it keeps us out of the reality at the same time. Too much use of the smartphones can lead to many problems, including health issues, it affects our intimate relationships and hamper our work life. Of course, the expensive Smartphone is great for many things, but if you have started realizing that it is also ruining your life, well, then you are not the only one, many people are now feeling the same thing.
Here are some ways in which the Smartphones are affecting our lives
Reduces cognitive ability
Smartphones steal our attention from other people and surroundings; it also reduces the cognitive ability and attention span even when you are not using it. It weakens our ability to connect or keep the track with other people, especially when some important discussion is going on.
Many of you must have been in a situation when your phone is vibrating though actually it is not. This is called a phantom vibration syndrome or “ringxiety”. Now we became dependent on our smartphones completely for maintaining our relationship and mood regulation which in turn has increased our anxiety and paranoia.
Increases car accident
We are too much addicted to our smartphones that we continue texting and chatting while driving. So, it’s pretty obvious that it increases the chances of getting into an accident. Always remember that your life is much more valuable than your smartphone. So, no chat, text or tweet when driving.
Many people cannot remember the phone numbers of their friends, parents, spouses, and children. The reason is, most of us think that the numbers are already stored on our phone, but what if you lost your phone, or it is dead when you are in an urgent need to contact others? The fact is true for our general knowledge also. Whenever, we need to know anything, we just search it on Google and then forget, don’t feel the need to store the information in our brain, which is scary.
The availability and accessibility of everything on the smartphones have made us less productive. Most of us work extra hours on our Smartphones till night, which leads to poor sleep and less energy next day at the work place. The reason is a blue light is emitted from our phones which slows down the production of melatonin, the chemical in our bodies that promotes sleep.
Movie, social media apps, games all have a certain role in our inactive behavior and they increase the waistline. Spending too much time with phone leads to poor fitness level, and if you can limit the time to 90 minutes, it helps to maintain a better physique.
Reduces sex drive
Excessive cell- phone use lowers the sex drive for women. The reasons for lower libido in 25 percent women are the internet and smartphones. Many women have admitted that their partner does not spend much time in the bedroom to initiate sex because they keep checking their smartphone in every 2-3 hours in their bedroom. It can create a distance from your loved one.
During the day, we keep on looking at our phone very often which steals away a lot of time and many of us find ourselves completing only the half of the job on time. Surfing the web using a smartphone is making people worse at their job.
If you have lost your phone, or if it’s broken, then you must have experienced the depression that goes along with your precious phone. Most of the people do not mind spending any amount of money on a new phone for the fear that they will miss everything.
Spending too much time with your smartphone can lead to several health problems, including headache, fatigue, carpal tunnel and vision problems.
Therefore, limit the use of your cell phone and spend some valuable time with family, it will make a healthy balance between the virtual world and reality.
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