Smartphones are key to life and business in the 21st century, but in some ways they could be degrading your quality of life. Here are 10 ways that smartphones actually do effect your health. Let’s get cracking, then, shall we?
Let’s kick things off with how smartphones affect your eyes. Ophthalmic surgeon, Mr. Saj Khan, had a lot to say on this issue, which in brief, states that:
- Constant concentration results in straining of the eyes
- Focus on small characters results in headaches
- Too much time on your smartphone can result in Myopia (near sightedness)
- Theoretically, emission of blue light from our smartphones can result in retinal damage and cataracts (so learn how to use iOS 9.3’s new Night Shift mode to reduce blue light).
These are the typical risks and a surefire solution to get rid of them is to just use your phone less (good luck with that).
Severe damage to your neck
Since we are constantly looking at our smartphones while bending our neck, overuse can result in neck pain and can cause serious damage to your spine.
US spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Hansraj conducted some research and in his findings he states: “These stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries.”
The solution is to not use your smartphone for long hours each day, and even if you do, you should try to correct your posture so the above mentioned damage does not happen.
Although not directly related to smartphones, per se, it correlates with a wide majority of smartphone users.
Most of the headphones people use are quite mediocre and I’m not talking about sound quality. What I mean is that there is no specific regulation of the volume.
Continued exposure to such load noise can prove disastrous, as it can permanently damage your ability to hear. You see, anything above the 85 decibel range is quite dangerous, and the average headset can go to a maximum of about 105 decibels.
Although we are not too stupid to blare music at maximum volumes, the low quantity of bass a mediocre headphone provides would want us to slowly increase the volume till our ears adjust, which means that we’re not aware of how loud the music is.
The simplest (and most obvious) solution would be to just turn the volume down. Also, you could try dishing ...