We all love our tech and the unprecedented mastery over information that if affords us. To live in an age where the sum total of all human knowledge and endeavor is accessible to us through a tiny rectangle in our pocket or a foldable magnesium alloy book that we perch on our lap is a truly wondrous thing. It’s human nature, however, to overuse our resources and our ability to conjure knowledge or entertainment in a click has become intoxicating. As much as we love our laptops, desktops, phones and tablets, it’s important to be aware of the physical effects of too much screen time.
Human bodies, after all, have evolved to be active and mobile foragers. The long term effects of sitting and staring at screens for hours a day are well documented, but since most 9-5 jobs (not to mention an awful lot of leisure activities) require ubiquitous screen use it’s important to understand the physical effects of excessive screen time, as well as what we can do to ameliorate the damage.
You become vulnerable to eye strain
Not only does eye strain lead to blurred vision, itchy and irritable eyes and headaches (which can damage workplace productivity) but excessive long term exposure to screens may even lead to permanent retinal damage.
Your metabolism is likely to suffer
Very rarely is engagement with a screen conducive to the kind of rigorous physical exercise that human bodies need to stay healthy. As 21st century screen slaves our increasingly sedentary lifestyle makes us vulnerable to metabolic syndrome which leads to obesity, high blood pressure and even diabetes. Thus, it’s important to build breaks for exercise and activity into your daily routine. Fun as it may be to binge watch a season of your favorite TV show on the couch on a drizzly Saturday, you owe it to yourself to break up those episodes with a walk or a jog.
Personal relationships become warped
This is a particularly serious concern for adolescents but it’s certainly applicable to adults too. An increasing proportion of our interactions between friends and family takes place on social media (and have you ever noticed that your single friends now seem to meet people exclusively on Tinder?). Interacting through digital media creates a false sense of connectivity that’s fundamentally unsatisfying and damaging to mental health. Text based exchanges can be open to misinterpretation and the stage managed veneer we project on our lives leads to a saddening disparity with the truth.
Your brain restructures
As with most things, the key is balance. While we actively encourage you to use and enjoy your tech, it’s important to incorporate it into a balanced and active lifestyle.
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