Have you ever wondered how tech impacts your health? You might be surprised because there’s a lot of ways that tech could be impacting your body and your mind. We’ll give you one example of this right now. How well do you sleep at night? If the answer is not too well, what do you think the problem is?
You might be one of those people who likes to stay productive right up until the point where you close your eyes. Or, you could be a writer who keeps a laptop by their bed just in case you have a shot of divine inspiration in the middle of the night. Maybe, you’re in a long-term relationship and leave your phone on your pillow with Facetime switched on.
Unfortunately, it’s things like this that could be causing your issues with sleep. You see all technology produces electromagnetic energy and the waves from this energy have been shown to disrupt sleep patterns. They can stop you from getting to REM, the deepest point of sleep. So, if you are having trouble sleeping, you may want to try switching off the tech, shutting down the computers and getting your bedroom completely tech-free. You’d be surprised how much of an impact this can have. Here are some of the other ways that tech could be affecting your health.
Are You Addicted To Gaming?
You could be, research has found that games like Warcraft are actually more addictive than crack cocaine. You might be sceptical about this as many people are, but the evidence is there. Basically, when we play video games, our dopamine levels rise giving us what is commonly known as a natural high. That high can be quite addictive. It’s worth pointing out that dopamine levels rise whenever you’re doing something fun whether that’s sex, sports or even just reading a really good book. But some researchers have suggested that videogames have a slightly different effect. Particularly, games where the life of the avatar is in danger. The thrilling experience is enough to keep players playing, purely so that they can stay alive.
So, you may want to think twice about putting on that VR headset. Research aren’t really sure how such an immersive gaming experience could impact your mind.
Pain In The Wrists?
This is the first sign of RSI, and it’s caused by excessive typing on the computer. It’s believed that a wide percentage of American workers have developed RSI without even realising it. That’s bad news because RSI gets progressively worse as the years go on. If you think you do have the symptoms and they’ve been caused by working with tech in your job, you may want to speak to a lawyer. While RSI claims are infamously difficult to win if you check out www.harrybrownlaw.com and other sites you’ll see there are specialists trained to get you compensation.
As for preventing RSI, it’s all to do with posture and taking regular breaks. Sitting with your back straight and breaking every twenty minutes should stop that pain from developing any further.
My Eyes, My Eyes!
We’ve all heard that silly expression that staring at the TV all day will give you square eyes. But is there any evidence to suggest that staring at a screen could damage your eyesight. It’s worth thinking about particularly when the majority of people these days spend most of the working day staring at a screen. And, when they get home it might be more of the same. Well, thankfully there is no evidence to suggest that looking at a screen causes permanent damage to your eyes. It can cause eye strain, but this is temporary.
You might be experiencing this if you get headaches after working at your computer for too long. Again, a good break from the tech is all you need, and you’ll be right as rain in no time. You can find out more about tech induced headaches on www.livescience.com.
Are We More Hostile Online?
The last little effect is based purely on psychology. A lot of interactions now occur online, and there is still the feeling that we’re anonymous when we interact on social media or anywhere else. This subconsciously means we feel we can be a tad more immoral. This is the reason behind trolling, keyboard warriors and any other digital social phenomenon. Interestingly, there is evidence to suggest that our behaviour changes when we interact with people online. However, now that the shields are coming down and people are being held accountable for online actions we may see this behaviour diminish. Check out some more information on this phenomenon at www.dailymail.com.
So there you have it then, tech really is changing your life and not always in positive ways.