Technology should be limited

Technology should be limited

Technology adversely affects both our physical and mental wellbeing. Our addictions to personal gadgets such as smartphones are influencing us to adopt bad postures which are evidenced through a research conducted by a New York-based spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj (Holmes). The Lopez and Holmes both showcased “when you tilt your head 60 degrees to stare at your phone, you’re putting 60 pounds of pressure on your neck;” which is a significant evidence that suggests the additional force put on to the human body that puts on unnecessary force, that can strain the body severely and lead to various conditions like a tension headache and as Edwards further stated that if this issue is ongoing it will majorly impact on the “risk of disc herniation” and causes fragility in the neck. Moreover, the radiation exposure due to constant proximity to devices such as phones and laptops may harm the sperm levels in men, further evidences provided from NCBI’s statistics show that “a decrease in male fertility associated with cellular phone usage” (Holmes). This is suggestive that individuals may suffer from lower sexual health and is a direct impact to the health of an individual. Nevertheless, evidence proves the addiction rate to our phones and computers are significantly higher than we expected, having effects such as forgetting the conventional wisdom of taking breaks from staring at the screens; which was evidenced by a mournful death of Hsieh (Holmes; Hunt and Ng). Hsieh, a Hong Kong man, had passed away due to a great amount of time spent on playing games, leading to over-exhaustion and the doctor concluded that he was suffering from” cardiac failure from prolonged computer gaming”(Hunt and Ng; CHINA). Furthermore, Alexander and Holmes, support the claim, states “70 percent of adult Americans report feeling eye strained” was mostly caused by the excessive use of digital devices, which also empowers the claim that technology also harms our emotional health. One may claim that technology was expected to make us more connected but sometimes it ends up doing the exact opposite as many users of technology are replacing real-world interactions with digital interactions. Social media is creating feelings of loneliness, sadness, and dissatisfaction with life in some of the users, hence Garam suggests to put down all the technological devices as a solution to overcome all those anxiety (Holmes). Children, who use their devices for more than two hours on a daily basis, are at an increased risk of mental health issues such as depression (Beurkens). Technology addiction also leads to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as lack of sleep, which in turn, makes people less productive. The technology is hurting sleep patterns by not only reducing sleep times but also causing sleep disruptions due to features such as instant notifications (Beurkens). It is clear that the technology addiction is real for both adults and children, and does not only adversely affect their physical health but also mental health.