Smartphones are really cool; they have made a lot of things easy and fun. A lot of people today are proud owners who find the smartphone useful. However, many people just can’t drop their phones down, making use of it all the time. Too much use of smartphones can be very bad for your health. Research studies has attested to this too, saying that a high percentage of adults are addicted to their smartphone.
Problematic smartphone use has been referred to some researchers to be a form of psychological or behavioral disorder, characterized with dependence on smartphones. This disorder is closely related to other forms of digital media overuse, such as social media addiction or internet addiction disorder.
Smartphone addiction, is colloquially known as “nomophobia” i.e the fear of being without a mobile phone.
I always tell my readers to reduce the amount of time they spend on their phones, so today I’ll writing squarely on that.
In what ways can immoderate usage of your smartphone affect your health, and what are the best health tips that can help you? Let’s begin by finding out some of the health effects of excessive smartphone use.
Effects of using your smartphone excessively
Damage to Eye health:
People who have the habit of pressing their phones for consecutive long hours could harm their eyes. It can weaken your eyes, give you blur vision. Even if you set brightness to a much lower level, using it for a very long time will still affect you.
Pain on the neck, back, and fingers:
Obviously there is slight pain on the neck and back as you lean downwards to look at the screen. Also, hunching affects your spine. Your fingers, too, will have considerable pain.
Poor mental health:
Frequent smartphone users are often withdrawn and hardly socialize with ‘smart people.’ This then leads to poor emotional health. Spending lots of time on social media has been linked to affecting mental health adversely. It can cause stress, anxiety, and depression.
Loss of sleep.
When you spend a huge amount of time looking at your phone, it will lead to loss of sleep. Excessive phone use during the day is one of the reasons you can’t sleep at night.
So now you’ve known the damaging effects of excessive use of your smartphone, now find out these important health tips that will help you cope and get healthy!
Essential Health Tips For Smartphone Addicts
If you are a smartphone addict, these health tips can help you manage your situation and get better.
1. Keep your phone down first!
The first and health tip for anybody who uses his smartphone should be to keep the phone. You don’t really to be on it all the time. Above are just some of the many negative effects. Use your phone only when you want to do something important, avoid unnecessary texting or application usage.
Another thing is that at night you should make sure you do everything you have to do with your smartphone an hour before going to bed.
2. Be mindful about your posture
As I wrote earlier, it can cause back and neck pain as you always look into your phone screen. Maintaining that posture will harm your spine and distort your neutral alignment. You need to also improve your posture.
Being mindful of the kind of posture you keep at all times will prove very helpful. Raise your phones up to your face, so you wouldn’t have to bend.
3. Watch out for your eye
Keep the screen at a good distance away from your eye when using your phone. Additionally, when using your smartphone, at intervals, you can perform a simple eye exercise by closing your eyes with both palms or rolling your eyes to keep it very mobile.
4. Perform simple breathing exercises.
Most addicted smartphone users are usually disoriented and have a lot on their minds. Performing simple breathing exercises will help clear your mind and free your thinking. Engaging in yoga practice is also likely to be productive.
5. Socialize and meet people
The best way to improve your social health is by talking to people, traveling, and having fun outdoors. This will help you to avoid the depression and damaging mental effects associated with excessive smartphone use.
You can find our how to improve your social health and social skills. Social media can be toxic atimes, and spending a lot of time on social media can vet damaging to your mental and emotional well-being. You can read this article on how to protect your mental health while on social media.
6. Massage and stretch your fingers to relieve the pain.
Massaging your fingers can give you greater grip strength, and keeps it from becoming too numb.
I hope this helps you. Remember to stay healthy!