8 Ways Your Smartphone Could Be Damaging Your Health

By Eloïse Reyns / Lifestyle / February 18th, 2019

Smartphones Impact Our Mental Health

It Impacts Our Mental Health

The impact of smartphones on mental health is not yet fully understood, but it seems that too much screen time can lead to depression and anxiety. The main reason is that we can get addicted to screen time. So, how do we know if someone is addicted? The red flag is when a person uses their cell phone most of the time and is unable to cut back on the usage, using it as a solution to boredom or feeling anxious or depressed when their phone is out of range.

We can also get anxious or depressed because of social media platforms. They can be a great tool; for example, we love them for recipes, but, unfortunately, they aren’t always good for our self-esteem. Indeed, many people tend to compare themselves to others on social media platforms which can lead to negative thinking, as we may feel like ‘our life could be so much better if’ etc. Moreover, today, body image is overexposed online, and young women, men, and adolescents sometimes get depressed comparing their bodies to others, which can lead to poor eating behaviours.

Smartphones have only been in widespread use for the past 15 years, and researchers are still conducting studies to fully understand how they impact our physical and mental health.

In this article, we have decided to raise awareness of the negative aspects of smartphones; however, it is also important that we remember the positive role they can have in our lives. From mindfulness apps and health trackers to monitoring disease treatment for conditions like diabetes to apps that help us track medication, it seems reasonable to assume that smartphones also play a critical role in improving our health.

Like everything, smartphones can be a real asset in our lives if we don’t overuse them. So, make sure to limit your screen time, set up a night mode, and put your phone away when you meet with your friends and family so you can really connect with them.

Also Read: 15 Ways to Help You Cope With Anxiety


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