The human race has never been so involved with the digital world. We are at an all-time high. A few statistics we found on Statista:
- There are 2.53 billion smartphone users worldwide and this number is expected to climb to 2.87 billion by 2020.
- Americans use electronic media for more than 11 hours per day. This includes media such as TV, smartphone, PC, Game Console, etc.
- An average of 135 minutes is spent per day is spent on social media by internet users. In 2012 this number was 90 minutes.
- There were 259.4 million PC shipments globally in 2017
It clear digital media has become an integral part of lives, let be at home or at the workplace. This mass digitalization comes at a price, though.
Electromagnetic waves and the human brain
The topic of electromagnetic waves and their effects on human brains has been under study by scientists for quite a while now. Throughout, results have been inconsistent and inconclusive for a link to be firmly established between electromagnetic fields ad brain tumor. However, when studies like this one pop up supporting previous findings, anyone is bound to get nervous. Moreover, WHO (IARC) has grouped radiofrequency as a possible carcinogenic.
Since mobiles are one of the electronics that emit EM waves, one day it could be labeled as a carcinogenic.
It is only a matter of time before a firm link – either positive or negative – is established. Until then, prevention is the best cure.
Smartphones and the upper human body
Multiple studies have established a strong association between time spent using mobile devices and pain in upper body parts like the shoulder. In fact, if you are a regular mobile user you must have noticed it yourself. If you send an excessive amount of time – which is almost always – using your smartphone, you start to feel a crick in the neck and shoulder area. If this use still continues, the right thumb starts to hurt.
On a more serious note, individuals who have a desk job, have no other alternative but to work on the computer. This can lead to Repetitive Strain Injury and in the long term spinal issues
Eye strain and flat screens
Whether it is watching too much television, spending time in front of your computer, or browsing the internet eyes wide – your greatest asset, the eyes, are at risk. Prolonged staring at the screen has been known to cause eye discomfort. In extreme cases where individuals stare for hours at end, issues such as skewered color perception, burning sensation, and blurred vision can arise.
On a more harrowing note, these were just a handful of many physical side effects of existing in a digital age. The mental side effects are an extensive category in themselves that will be bound to astound all.