Technology is an integral part of our daily lives. It has made life easier. It has revolutionized business, education, transport, and almost everything, even communication.
We rely on a lot of technology-enabled processes and services. And we love our gadgets! Everyday, we see people talking on their cell phone, tapping away on a laptop or listening to their MP3 or Ipod.
Just imagine a life without all these wonderful things. Technology is impressive!
However, too much of everything is said to be bad, as well. True enough, even with these wonderful tech that we have, there are certain drawbacks in areas like health, public safety and education, as well.
Being aware of these dangers will help us live with our tech much much more beneficially. Right?
So, did you know that too much use of gadgets can pose serious risks to you, especially young ones?
Read up and dig deeper, we’ve provided our sources at the bottom of this list, go to them and read more about each of these side effects.
Teens whose electronic time includes violent television and video games may also experience increased aggression, according to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Teens who spend a significant amount of time playing violent video games or watching violent television shows are more likely to fight with their peers, argue with their teachers and generally engage in more aggressive behaviors.
Too much screen time can promote a sedentary lifestyle — one of the major contributing factors to obesity and a major risk factor for heart disease, according to the Texas Heart Institute. As many as 33 percent of teens are obese, according to estimates by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published by the Texas Heart Institute. Obese teens are more likely to grow up to become obese adults, giving them an increased risk for chronic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Trading even just 30 minutes of electronics time per day for physical activity can help significantly reduce these risks.
3. Sleeping Disorders
Electronics in your teenager’s bedroom can negatively affect his normal sleep cycle. Late-night texts, phone calls and emails can keep your teen from sleeping soundly even if he’s not reading or answering them, explains TeensHealth.org, an online parenting and health information resource maintained by the Nemours Foundation. Encourage your teen to turn his computer and phone off at bedtime to eliminate sleep-disrupting updates.
4. Potential Mental Health Problems
Spending too much time playing video games can increase depression in teens who have a predisposition to social or mental health problems, notes researcher Douglas A. Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University who studies the link between videogames and depression, in a January 18, 2011 article in “The New York Times.” According to Gentile, teens with mental health issues may turn to video games for relief, but then become addicted to playing, causing social, academic and emotional problems that may last well into adulthood. In some cases, teens become so addicted to video games that they can become isolated and depressed. Parents can help by monitoring game time and limiting it where appropriate, advises Gentile.
5. Dry Eyes
Do you have a constant itch in your eye? If you do, then it is because of the strain you put on your eyes. The constant strain leads to a dry eye which in turn leads to multiple eye infections.
6. Hearing Problems
It is believed, according to experts, that 85 decibels could turn the microscopic hair of the inner ears into scar tissue if done habitually. This is one of the main ways how gadgets affect your health.
7. Leads To Impotence
Using a cellphone for more than 18 hours in the day can decrease the production of sperms in a man. This is one of the negative effects of using gadgets.
Ionising radiation is a cancer causing agent. This radiation leads to cancer like leukemia, skin, thyroid, breast and stomach cancer.
9. Back Pain
One of the effects of use of gadgets on your health is multiple back pains. As you are constantly engaged on the gadget in a sitting up posture, it affects your back.
Stress is developed with every gadget you use to communicate. The wait for an important phone call or a skype chat for an interview builds up that extra tension in your mind, thus leading to stress which in turn affects your health.
11. Tennis Elbow
The constant use of a gadget during the day could make your elbow become sore which in medical terms is called Tennis Elbow. It usually occurs when there is no proper blood circulation in the region.
12. Lose Track Of Your Surrounding
The worst negative effect of gadgets is that you tend to lose track of your surroundings since you are intoxicated with technology.
13. Risk During Pregnancy
One of the negative effects of gadgets on your health is during pregnancy. The radiation from the gadget slows down the rate of brain development of the foetus and may even lead to hyperactivity.
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