How Our Phones Are Affecting Us

Smartphones are affecting us both mentally and physically. It is important to be aware of the amount of time we are spending on our phones. We may not notice, but they can affect both our physical and mental health.Technological advances have caused us to become more attached to our screens. With text messaging and social media apps, we tend to get our phones out more often. I have seen people in multiple places using their phones and not really communicating with one another. Here are some ways our phones are affecting us.

Lower Attention Span

Advancement in technology and apps can cause us to become more attached to our phones. These advancements can be exciting to tech-savvy people, but they can have negative consequences. Studies have shown that excessive phone use can decrease attention spans.According to a Psych Central article, our attention spans have lowered from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. Our attention spans are one second lower than that of a goldfish. Goldfish have an attention span of 9 seconds. This is also causing more distractions. Phones are becoming a bigger distraction than before.Today most people cannot do many things without having their phone on their hands at all times. There are people who are distracted by their phones while driving, walking, or eating. Texting and driving is not a new topic, but it is seen more often than before. Phones cause shorter attention spans, more distractions, and affect face-to-face communication.

A Decrease in Face-To-Face Communication

When was the last time you talked to someone in person? Think about it. Maybe it was a week ago, a month ago, or maybe even a year ago.Studies have shown that spending too much time on our cell phones can decrease our abilities to communicate face-to-face. It can also lead to addiction and depression if you allow it to. There are many people who express their emotions through emojis and prefer online interactions. People who prefer online interactions sometimes feel that they are more social, but in reality, they are not. Smartphones can affect communication skills and the way we interact with others in person.

Affects Cognitive Abilities

Besides shorter attention spans and lower communication abilities, excessive smartphone use can also affect cognitive abilities. Our cognitive abilities, such as reading become affected. According to research, smartphones and technology have caused a drop in reading abilities. According to research, reading habits have changed from reading a passage completely and carefully to skimming it. Studies have also found that there are times when a person encounters a simple calculation, but instead of doing it in their head they take out their phone and use the calculator. Smartphone and calculator use are not bad, but this serves to point out how induced we are in using our phones.

Posture & Body Pain

A study from the Journal of Physical Therapy Science showed that prolonged usage of a smartphone could cause a negative effect on posture and respiration. The researchers found that smartphone users typically report pain in the neck and the shoulders. They also mentioned that excessive smartphone use could also cause a slouched posture and forward neck posture. It is important for us to be aware of how much time we spend on our smartphones and the posture we have during these time periods.Do you feel that your smartphone is affecting you in any of the ways mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below.