There is simply no doubt that technological advancements and innovations are gaining momentum in the past few years. It is overwhelming and at the same time gratifying to realize that almost everything we used to do manually can now be done with a single click, touch, or swipe. Technology has definitely changed our lifestyle in many ways that we actually realize. Some of these changes are good but some are not. The health implications of technology innovations are crucial facts we need to be aware of no matter how inconvenient they may be.
The use of mobile phones, gadgets, consoles, and other video games may not be as fun and entertaining when you realize the risk that your body is getting into. There are physical, psychological, and emotional effects that are attributable to technology use.
Among the common health implications of technology innovations are as follows:
1. Sleep Disturbance
With the invention of tablets and iPads, people can conveniently browse in their device while lying down on their beds just before snoozing off. However, studies have uniformly found that the blue light emitted by the screens of our devices such as cellphones, tablets, or E-reader at night can affect our sleepiness, alertness, and melatonin levels.
The study compared those who read using their device and those who read printed books and found that the former had a hard time falling asleep and felt groggy and tired the next day. Unfortunately, lack of good quality sleep is also linked to other health risks such as obesity and cancer.
This goes to show that technology must be used sparingly and at the proper time of the day.
We often hear of the young boy who spends 12 hours or more glued to the TV screen or the computer playing video games. Excessive gaming has both psychological and physical health implications. They include muscular stiffness, tensed muscles especially the shoulders and lower back, cramps, depression, aggressive behavior, and acute seizure.
Behavioral Problems are linked to the excessive exposure to violent scenes and images in the games. Players tend to identify themselves with the characters and might have difficulty distinguishing what is reality and what is a mere portion of the game.
Technology is, indeed, one of the best sources of entertainment. However, when it comes down to health concerns, technology must be used in moderation.
Technology can induce a sedentary lifestyle. It is quite unfortunate that we have adapted to a fast paced lifestyle where technology does everything and we don’t even need to lift a finger. Frequent use of devices can limit physical activity. For instance, children nowadays prefer to spend time sitting and watching TV than running outside or playing outdoor sports.