What do we do first thing in the morning when we wake up? Well, many of us pick up our phones and scroll through WhatsApp messages, read messages, check Instagram updates and emails.
And in the event that an important email has to be processed with priority, we immediately switch from our smartphones to the laptop or the tab to start work. We also check our phones every 10 minutes or less, even when we don’t have any warnings or notifications.
Be it for long virtual meetings, one after the other or for students attending online courses, we cannot deny that we are heavily dependent on technology that has become an integral part of our everyday lives.
In fact, the pandemic outbreak has simply accelerated our use of technology. With social distancing, norms restricting gatherings or face-to-face meetings, technology was the only safe medium for connecting with the outside world.
A report from Cisco further underlines that mobile connectivity is expected to increase in the coming years – as over 70 percent of the world’s population will have mobile connectivity by 2023 and at the same time the total number of global mobile subscribers will increase from 5.1 to 5.7 billion a year 2018.
In addition to mobile phones, we have laptops, tabs, smart TVs, WiFi routers, etc., which play an equally important role in our everyday lives – they help us at work, play games, binge watch series or films, and help students with learning . In addition, the wireless router is always switched on, as a day without internet is difficult to survive.
At the same time, rapidly growing new age technologies such as industrial robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning are gradually changing age-old business practices. As a result, companies today are investing heavily in harnessing the capabilities of these technologies to make business advances. Hence, it is no secret that we already coexist with technology and that this will continue to be the only way to exist in the future.
However, there is a hard truth associated with it!
While technology plays a miraculous role in our lives, redefining or revolutionizing companies by helping them innovate, it also creates a danger zone for humanity.
These devices emit harmful emissions, also known as Electro-smog or e-smog which gradually affect our general immunity and well-being. This is because we are constantly surrounded by these invisible and unnoticed threats. And these immunity thieves leave an impact on each of us.
The threats and the solution
Excessive use of devices directly exposes us to negative emissions, which leads to various physical and psychological problems that can cause permanent damage to our health and wellbeing in the long term too. The stream of negative effects includes fueling anxiety, stress, insomnia, headaches and behavioral changes in us.
Since technology is one of the crucial aspects of human life and the economy, the only way forward is to use it responsibly.
By taking small but iconic steps we can reduce gadget addiction in our daily lives which will ultimately minimize our exposure to the existing threats in the long run.
On a personal level, precautions such as keeping these devices at a reasonable distance when using them can be helpful.
Eliminate the tendency towards nomophobia
We tend to charge our battery even when our phone is almost fully charged. We take our smartphones with us everywhere, even in the washroom. Yes, we have a habit of constantly checking our phones even when we haven’t received a notification.
That is why it is important to get rid of these habits. If we have our phone with us all the time, we are constantly exposed to negative emissions.
Limit the time you use social media
Either we sit idle or take a five minute break, we randomly browse / scroll through social media apps on our phones, tablets, etc., which sometimes turns into 15 minutes or more.
But what we have to do is limit this usage time.
Instead of scrolling through social media feeds, we can invest that time for a short walk. This will help us distance ourselves from these devices and reduce the effects of e-smog.
Create more awareness
Confidence is key to reducing the slow damage silently caused by electro smog. This is necessary to know so that we can consciously take precautionary measures, find credible solutions and keep these negative energies in check.
As technology advances, scientifically validated solutions are already available in the market. These non-intrusive, fixed and forgotten solutions not only offer personal protection for us and our families, but also create a “zone of immunity” around our work or living space.
Technology and gadgets are undoubtedly making our lives easier than ever. However, overuse of everything makes it worse. The best way is to use technology amicably to remove the silent threats posed by these artificial devices. So take the step to your wellbeing now.
(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)