When was the last time you lived a day without using your cellphone/laptop/tablet. Addiction to technology can be discussed endlessly, but no one can discount the advantages that caused the addiction in the first place. From staying connected to the world to getting loads of information in a flash of a second, technology has answer to practically every issue that we face in day today life. But the damage it does, stays unrecognized for years at a stretch. Some of the ailments that arise from prolonged use of digital gadgets are:
1. Straining of eyes due to continuous stare at screens
2. Tendonitis at thumb and wrist joint due to their use in unnatural positions while using the keyboard and touch screen phones.
3. Hearing loss due to use of earphones for listening music at high volumes
4. Neck pain and tension headaches because of bending it down for long hours while working on computers
5. Working in artificial light for long can upset body’s natural circadian rhythms and lead to mood and sleep disorders.
6. Living in the virtual world of technology, people often loose connection with the real world leading to social isolation and depression.
So everybody knows that the problem indeed exists, but what is the solution? Simple steps can go a long way in saving you and your children from this menace.
1. Try and get out of the room. Breathe some fresh air in the balcony. Let the natural light replace the artificial light.
2. Do not turn to google for every question. Nature has installed every human being with a very powerful search engine i.e the brain. Note down what your brain thinks on a certain issue before hitting the google.
3. As the Mayo clinic advices, go for a 20-20-20 break. Stare at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
4. Make a point to switch off all your screens an hour before you go to sleep. Let your eyes rest and the normal sleep circadian rhythm to set in.
5. Talk, talk and talk; with your family, parents, children, and friends. Nothing beats a face to face connects.