3 Ways Your Smartphone Is Hurting You

Smartphones have completely altered the way we lead our lives—for better and for worse. Yes, they are an incredible technology with myriad uses that only improve our lives. But, there is also a dark side to smartphone use—or more correctly, abuse. Here are 3 ways your smartphone can actually hurt your health if you use it too much.

Jumbling your brain. Multitasking and checking your phone constantly throughout the day doesn’t make you more efficient. In fact, it’s making you less productive and less able to focus on tasks that need it. According to studies, using your smartphone to get more work done after business hours actually leads to a less productive following day. It also makes you more likely to be forgetful, because your brain isn’t built to remember things while doing four separate tasks at once. Instead of trying to do everything, try to complete one task at a time. Don’t check your email every 10 minutes. Don’t keep checking in on social media. It will only stress you, whether you realize it or not. And all that stress only works to worsen the output of your brain. Don’t let your smartphone make you dumber.

Encouraging text neck. That’s right — staring down at that little screen time and time again is altering your posture in a bad way. Bending your head forward puts an incredible amount of strain on your neck, adding dozens of pounds (up to 80!) more force on your delicate spine and neck muscles. This causes certain muscles to overcompensate, become tight and create an unattractive and uncomfortable spinal posture. This wear and tear only gets worse as we age, leading to many preventable spinal maladies down the line. How can you prevent this while still using a smartphone responsibly? When using your device, trying looking down with your eyes more than your neck and spine. Also be sure to exercise and stretch your neck and spine to encourage healthy posture.

Aging your face. Stop. Without changing anything, take note of what your face is doing as you read this. Are you furrowing your eyebrows, frowning, pursing your lips, squinting your eyes? If so, these expressions can make a permanent impression on your face if you’re not careful. Think of how many hours you look at screens every day. If you are contorting your face like that for even a fraction of those hours, your skin is going to start sagging and wrinkling prematurely in that fashion. Keeping your neck tilted forward can also shorten and weaken your frontal neck muscles, which also promotes sagging skin. When you do find yourself staring at a computer, be mindful of your facial expressions, and stretch your facial and neck muscles often to avoid muscle shortening and tightness.

Smartphones are not life. They are a useful accessory, but your life should not revolve around them. Spend time in the moment, tackling one thing at a time. Don’t glue yourself to a screen and try to complete all of your tasks at once—it can be harmful to you in the long run. It’s important to remember that life is all about quality, not quantity. Enjoy the moment—that email can wait until the morning.

 

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