In many ways, smartphones make our lives easier. We can stay in touch on the go, access information anywhere, and we always have a camera at our fingertips. However, these conveniences don’t come without some negative impacts as well.
Because of their addictive nature, you may find yourself relying on your phone just a little too much. As a result, here’s how your phone may be negatively affecting your physical and mental health.
Social media is chalked full of accounts run by gorgeous people with seemingly perfect lives. However, most of it is an illusion. Between Photoshop and a carefully curated selection of photos, what you’re looking at is hardly a reflection of the truth. As a result, people are comparing themselves to lives that don’t even really exist.
Applications like Snapchat have convinced people that they only look good with a filter over their face. To avoid developing an unhealthy self-perception, you should take a break from social media every now and then. Get back in touch with reality rather than an unrealistic expression of reality.
Many people admit that the first and last thing that they look at every day is their phone. Unfortunately, the bright lights and colors overstimulate the brain.
If you have problems falling asleep at night, it may be time to consider putting your phone away. You may be able to get yourself to bed as much as an hour earlier just by avoiding your phone.
With more and more people relying on text to communicate with, the more that people are affected by misunderstandings. It’s easy to intend a message to come across one way however it’s interpreted entirely differently. Without facial expression, vocal inflections and body language, it’s easy to misinterpret conversations.
Shorter Attention Spans
Anytime you want something, your phone provides immediate gratification. As a result, people are less willing to pay attention to something in the absence of a quick reward.
The art of patience is being lost through the age of technology. Every now and then try to do things the old fashioned way. Look something up in a real dictionary. Add something up using a pen and paper rather than a calculator. Keep your brain active instead of always relying on the easy route.
Lack of Human Connection
We rely on our phones to keep us connected to the world around us. Even though our phones were created to keep us in closer contact with each other, it often has the opposite effect.
All too often even when we’re sitting in a room full of people that we love, our attention is still taken by our mobile devices. Don’t forget the importance of real human contact and nurturing your relationships.