The Negative Overuse of Technology

By: Laura

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Adam Gazzaley - neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco.

"We are exposing our brains to an environment and asking them to do things we weren't necessarily evolved to do. We know already there are consequences."

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The Effect of Technology Screens

Spine and Eyes

- spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj discovered that our constant time Intagram scrolling and text messaging may be injuring our backs. When you tilt your head 60 degrees, you put 60 pounds of pressure on your neck, which affects the spine

- With the amount of time that we stare at our phones, too much eye contact with our screens tire our sight; about 70% of adults in America say that they have experienced eye pain at a point in their lives


Muscle and Head

- if you grasp your phone too much, the motor activity could cause tension in your muscle and could cause forearm and wrist pain

- another result of digital eye strain is headaches, which could be caused by reading dark text on a bright screen: leads to muscle spams


Emotions

- a recent study proved something new; lonely people just turn to social media

- since our social networks are a link to feelings of loneliness, this means a decrease in happiness and satisfaction

- according to a 2012 study, 66% of people feel panicked without their phones; these people suffer from withdrawals

- the technology that we look at and process everyday is rewiring our brains, between the addiction we feel without it and the multitasking

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Other Facts

- an average person spends 4 years looking at a phone

- it's ironic that these touch screens make us lose touch

- we sit at home on our computers measuring self worth by numbers of followers and likes

- when we have low battery, we are one bar closer to humanity

- no wonder ADD is on the rise faster than 4G LTE

- the attention span of an average adult today is one second lower than the attention span of a goldfish