The latest in modern technology and IT developments mean that certain aspects of life, such as health care, sanitation, and food hygiene, are a lot safer than what they were just a few decades ago.
As a result, we are more at ease with tech. After all it has helped with major things like allowing you to lead much healthier lives.
But is tech really as safe as it seems? In fact, most people would be quick to argue that some of the newest technologies can actually damage our health and put us at risk.
Read on for 5 examples of potential areas of risk in today's modern age of tech.
Recent research shows that addiction to technology is actually a very real thing. It is often seen in the younger generations, especially millennial, as we are constantly on their smartphones and tablet devices.
But as more people are required to use tech in their career, this addiction is starting to spill into the older generations as well. If you feel stressed whenever you can’t get online or check your phone, then you could be in the early stages of developing this addiction.
How often do use headphones to listen to podcasts or music? For me it's daily whether I'm working on my laptop from home or working out at the gym. If you're anything like me, who never leaves home with her earbuds, please keep in mind super loud music hearing could be at risk.
For those who suffer from headphone-induced hearing loss products like hearingdirect.com can be of assistance.
Watch Out When On the Road
There are more cars on the road than ever before. Add electric cars and self-driving vehicles and the widespread use of cellphones into the mix and you've got an uptick in distracted driving ( and pedestrians staring down at their cell phones).
An uptick in accidents stemming from technological distractions is an unpleasant side effect of modern times.
It’s always best to stay vigilant while walking around so that you don’t end up in an accident in the first place, however in the unfortunate event you do have one, see BillHurst.com for help with a compensation claim.
Social Media Overload
The American Academy of Pediatrics has previously issued warnings about the potential for negative effects of social media in young kids and teens and cyber-bullying.
In adults, social media has spawned its own set up disorders to include Facebook Addiction and FOMO (fear of missing out). Social media has also been known to trigger depression, anxiety, and other cognitive disorders.
Check out the benefits of taking a digital detox in our video interview with Dr. Nikki Starr
Tech Induced Insomnia
If you find it difficult to fall asleep each night, it could be because you are using your phone or laptop just before you go to bed. The blue light emitted from screens may not be visible to the naked eye, but it can affect the hormones that help us drop off.
Experts suggesting putting your phone away at least one hour before bed.
So as you're out there in the world, be responsible with your use of technology. Your health is more important than anything!
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