The majority of society has a phone or knows how to use one. But, do they know that
every time they use one, they are damaging their mental and physical health. On top
of that, they are being spied on.

I didn’t think so, and most people don’t. The usage of smartphones over the years have skyrocketed and will most likely keep increasing.

Teens and adults are beginning to develop or further the addiction to their devices.
Smartphones affect a person on a physical level. When a person is doing as little as
looking down at their phone for a period of time, you are putting so much more weight
on your neck that some people develop a condition that is known as “tech neck.”
According to Adam Popescu, a New York Times journalist, “The average human head
weighs between 10 to 12 lbs, when we bend our neck to text or check Facebook, the
gravitational pull on our head and the stress on our neck increases to as much as 60 lbs
of pressure.” Imagine putting a 60 pound weight on your neck for a long period of time,
that’s what your head feels when you look at your phone. Looking down at your phone
ruins your posture. Your posture was proven to affect the amount of oxygen our lungs
take in, and the amount of energy we have to bone and muscle development. Dowagers,
or humps where the upper back had frozen into a forward curve, is common in
grandparents. But Mr. August, a physiotherapist, says he is now seeing the same stoop in
teenagers.

Teens and adults are forgetting manners and are not disciplined because of televisions,
and even more so, phones. Next time you are out in public, look around at how many
people are hunched over in their phones. At a restaurant, how many parents give their
child their phone to stop them from crying or whining? Parenting is now more than ever
being substituted with smart phones. Since the child frowns up with phones being fed
to them as a solution, they don’t know any better and do the same thing to their
kids. This cycle of phones or tablets being substituted for actual parenting and disabling
is going through generations because that’s what they are used to. Adam Popescu says,
“What’s happening more and more is that we are not talking to our children.” When he
interviews a elderly woman about the issue, she says “We put our children in front of the
tech when they’re young, and when we’re older, we’re absorbed in our own tech.” This
issue is a pretty current event, if you ask someone today that’s over the age of 45 they
will tell you that they never really had TV or cell phone. Their idea of hanging out
with friends what’s not laughing at and Instagram post, it was going outside and playing
a game.

Although tablets and phones have all these, but are they in denial?

Yes, I know our society doesn’t give us much of a choice when it comes to choosing to use or not to use tech. There is a simple solution to this problem, you don’t have to throw away your phone and become tech free, because asking that is nearly impossible in reality in the world we live in. Simply downfalls, there have been multiple arguments that support people using phones all the time and all of their benefits. New tech makes life easier, everyone knows that. It makes life go smoother and more
efficient. Experts say that these devices remove ourselves from our reality. Most people will say that this doesn’t even affect them, and that not being on your all day everyday is a quick fix to
all the problems that are caused by obsessive phone usage. When you aren’t on your
phone, have a conversation with the person sitting next you when your at the dinner
table. This is not only proper table manners, this will improve your social skills and will
help you become a better human being.

Although phones are helpful in making life easier and they help people learn new things.
There are a lot more down fall than you think when you look at your phone. Challenge
anyone who is cabbage, to put their phones down for every meal not just because it’s
plain rude and disrespectful, but it will also improve your social skills and your well
being on a social and physical level.

Photo Courtesy Vox

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