Have you ever thought of yourself to be a Nomophobia? According to a study posted on Psychology today Nomophobia-fear of being without your smartphone-affects 40% of the population.
As each day is passing us by the need, or what some might say addiction, for consuming technology is overtaking our lives. In fact, 56 percent of all Americans own a smartphone. Are we are trading real human connections for a digital companion? Do we prefer to interact on our devices that are no longer just an object, but for many a best friend?
A number of studies have looked at how much time the average person spends on their device. Some studies combine time on a phone and tablet; some separate them out. Some survey all age demographics; some concentrate on adults only.
In reviewing combined research from Nielsen, Pew Research Center, comScore, SmartInsights, and other organizations measuring much time the average person spends on their device per day, one conclusion becomes glaringly apparent: No matter how you cut it, the average person spends over four hours a day on their device: That’s half of your workday!
According to one research, the average smartphone user will spend a total of 5 years and 4 months on social media across a lifetime. Next to time spent watching TV, time spent on social media exceeds many common daily activities.2.
- Social Media: 5 years, 4 months
- Eating & Drinking: 3 years, 5 months
- Grooming: 1 year, 10 months
- Socializing: 1 year, 3 months
- Laundry: 6 months
A lot of research has been done on the effects of nighttime cell phone use, and it doesn’t look good. Your evening screen time can be jeopardizing your health and has been linked to some pretty serious health risks, according to Dr. Partha Nandi, M.D., F.A.C.P.
1. It can damage your eyes.
The blue light emitted from your personal electronic devices is part of the full light spectrum. We’re exposed to it by the sun each day, but nighttime exposure to that same light (which is emitted at high levels by smartphones, tablets, laptops and other LED screens) may be damaging your vision. (Business Insider)
Studies show that direct exposure to blue light can damage your retinas. The American Macular Degeneration Foundation warns that retinal damage caused by blue light could lead to macular degeneration, a condition that causes the loss of central vision.
While it hasn’t been proven, there may also be a link between blue light exposure and cataracts. More research is needed, but this is another possible risk that can be lessened or avoided by putting your phone away each evening.
2. It can interfere with your sleep.
Blue light disrupts the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s sleep cycle. Not only will this result in more sleepless nights and fatigue, but can also lead to a variety of health problems including heart disease, weight gain, depression, and anxiety. Learn more about the surprising effects of sleep deprivation here.
3. It can increase your risk of cancer.
In addition to regulating your sleep cycle, melatonin is a powerful antioxidant essential to your body’s ability to naturally fight against cancer. When your melatonin levels are suppressed, your risk for cancer – and other ailments – increases.
If your melatonin is disrupted for one night, it wouldn’t pose a serious threat. However, if you’re a chronic nighttime phone user, you significantly increase your risk of cellular damage, increased inflammation, healthy immune function and disease.
The moment you prioritize your health and start to practice implementing important life changes is the exact moment you start winning in life. You just have to take control.