29 August

5 Ways Technology Can Be Dangerous For Your Health

While most people know by now that technology probably isn’t doing you any favors, they may not necessarily know that it can actually damage your health.  In some cases, it can even be fatal.  

 

If you can’t imagine your trusty devices ever causing you harm, then think again.  Here are some of the ways that technology can be dangerous for your health.

 

Car Accidents

 

Once upon a time, car accidents were mostly caused by drinking and driving.   However, now with the increased popularity of cell phones, texting and driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents.

 

Many drivers just can’t resist the urge to reach for their phones if they hear them beeping on the road.  However, not only can it lead to losing control of your vehicle resulting in an accident, it can kill you or someone else.

 

Yet, despite knowing that texting and driving can lead to death, people still continue to do it.  This proves that society’s addiction to technology is so strong that they’re willing to put themselves and others in danger just to get their fix.

 

Depression

 

Even though it may feel like social media is bringing us closer, in reality, it can, in fact, lead to feeling lonelier.  Studies show that spending too much time connected to digital friendships instead of real ones can result in feeling isolated and depressed.

 

Always looking at your Facebook or Instagram feed can lead to feeling blue.  If you notice that you’re feeling depressed, ask yourself whether it may be connected to the amount of time that you’re spending online/

 

Poor Posture

 

Spending long hours of the day on a computer or staring at your device can lead to poor posture.  Over time, sitting hunched over can lead to serious effects on your spine.

 

It’s vital that you take breaks and lead an active lifestyle.  It’s important to note that your monitor should be at eye level so that you aren’t leaning down too much.  

 

Decreased Attention Span

 

Whether you’re scrolling through Instagram liking a post, flipping past a story, or receiving a direct message, all the multitasking is taking its toll on your brain.

 

Studies show that heavy internet users actually suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they go offline, and as a result, find it difficult to focus on anything else.  Until they get their “fix,” they may not be able to pay attention to anything outside of their device. 

 

Obesity 

 

The more and more people time that people spend in front of their screens, the less they are moving around.

 

Obesity is on the rise, and technology isn’t helping whatsoever.  It’s essential to have a healthy balance between your technology usage and leading a healthy lifestyle.