Most of us suffer from something called NoMoPhobia which is the fear of not having your mobile phone near you. We all have a very serious relationship with our gadgets, but they could be inadvertently screwing with our wellness.
Below are 5 sneaky ways technology is impacting your health.
#1) Binge-Watching Before Bed is Keeping You Awake
If you couldn’t get any rest after speeding through Orange Is the New Black, it may not just be because of the drama. Binge-watching TV results in less sleep, according to a survey from SleepRate.
#2) Relying on Technology is Wrecking Your Memory
From constantly hitting up search engines to Instagraming everything in sight, depending on technology too much can make your short-term memory less effective. Make a conscious effort to disconnect in little ways, like not whipping out your iPhone every time there’s a lull in a conversation.
#3) Scrolling Through Your Newsfeed is Making You Unhappy.
Seeing people’s gloomy posts on your newsfeed can tank your mood, says research in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It turns out emotions are contagious even if they’re viewed on a screen.
#4) Watching Too Much TV May Be Killing You.
Catching up on Scandal is a good way to unwind, but too much of it can be dangerous. Adults who spend three or more hours watching TV every day may double their risk of premature death from any cause, according to The Journal of the American Heart Association. The study authors also tested driving and computer use, but TV viewing was the only activity that skyrocketed the possibility of premature death.
#5) #FoodPorn Might Be Pushing You to Overindulge.
Browsing through your Instagram feed right before you eat can make your meal less satisfying, according to research in The Journal of Consumer Psychology. Study authors say the effect is rooted in satiation, aka a decrease in pleasure after more and more consumption. Too many drool-worthy pictures can act like a sort of imagined consumption that can lead to satiation, causing you to eat more as a result. So put your phone away at the table.