11 Reasons to Stop Looking at Your Phone from 11 Reasons to Stop Looking at Your Phone

11 Reasons to Stop Looking at Your Phone

In today’s world it’s important to have a smart phone, the device that has revolutionized communication in the 21st century. The mobile devices provide immediate access for help, navigation systems if you get lost, and apps for just about everything. However, there are numerous reasons to put your cell phone down.

It puts a strain on your eyes

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The blue light (HEV) that is emitted through our smart phones has been shown to damage our eyes and may even harm them permanently.  According to research, “HEV light is that portion of the visible light spectrum that comprises light with the shortest wavelengths, which carry the greatest potential to damage living tissue.”

Your memory may get rusty

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In today’s society, we have smart phones to remind us of important events, dates and times, keep track of our tasks, store phone numbers, birthdays, and wake us up with alarm clocks. We don’t have to remember much anymore, because once we store it in our phone, we can always look back to remind ourselves. 

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You are destroying your posture

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Cell phones have literally transformed the way our bodies look and how we hold ourselves. When we text, read, check our emails or do practically anything on our phones, we usually find ourselves hunched over. According to the New York Times, “the average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. When we bend our necks forward 60 degrees, as we do to use our phones, the effective stress on our neck increases to 60 pounds — the weight of about five gallons of paint.”

It can damage your hands

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Overuse of your phone, the repetitive motion of holding it a certain way or texting too often, can lead to inflammation in the hands, fingers and arms.

Neck and back pain

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Hunching over to use your mobile phone can result in poor posture. However, this can also result in neck and upper back pain as well. At first, you may feel discomfort, maybe a bit of tension and muscle stiffness. Eventually, your neck and back will start to hurt and you may begin to feel pain.

It’s interfering with your sleep

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Looking at your phone/TV/computer screen is detrimental to your sleep. The light from your screen keeps your mind stimulated making it harder for you to fall asleep. According to cnet, the blue light that your LED screen gives off can slow down or stop the production of melatonin. Without melatonin we tend to stay awake longer, which in turn keeps us up later than we intended.

It could be making you sick

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Your cellphone is one of the most touched possessions you own. It has been proven to put us at risk for illness, due to constant touching and spreading of bacteria.

You could develop ‘nomophobia’

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Does it scare you to think about being without your smart phone? Does the thought of having lost it give you anxiety? As if smart phones weren’t bad enough on your health, individuals in today’s society may literally develop nomophobia – fear of being without their mobile device. According to Psychology Today, a study of 2,163 people found that about 58 percent of men and 47 percent of women suffer from the phobia. Additionally, 9 percent feel stressed when their mobile phones are turned off.

It may stop the development of your social skills

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Proper communication skills are essential. But how are you ever going to really connect with someone if you’re always texting, emailing and using social media? According to research, “Studies have shown that it makes it difficult for students who rely so heavily on technology to actually communicate to adults in person because they don’t quite develop all of the necessary skills to hold or even start a face-to-face conversation.”

Risk of accidents increases

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As we should already know, texting and driving is a huge NO! But talking on your phone and driving is a distraction as well. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the U.S. over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes due to distracted drivers.

You’re affecting your hearing

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Studies have shown that cellphones, smart phones and headphones are affecting our earbuds and potentially destroying our hearing. The truth is that it’s not just the loud volume that is affecting us, it’s the electromagnetic waves that are emitted from the phone as well.