Like it or not, technology dominates modern life. Rarely can you see an individual without a smartphone in hand. People these days live a more active life in the virtual world than they do in real life. While we relish all the perks that the World Wide Web offers, it also has many disadvantages that mainly impact your health in a negative light. First off, the radiation emitted by many of these modern gadgets is not good for your health. Then, smartphone and smart gadget use can be highly addicting.
This obsession with technology has been going on for a while now. Back then, parents were often worried about young kids who are obsessed with video games. But today, they can do virtually everything they want with a smartphone in hand. You can text and call family and friends any time of the day. You can also play any game you want as long as you can download it from the app store and your phone has enough memory for it. Social media is the biggest temptation of all. You can get lost in it 24/7 and not feel sleepy at all.
TEENAGERS’ LATE-NIGHT mobile phone use is harming their mental health and sleeping patterns, according to a new study.
The study of 1,100 students aged 13 to 16 in Australia found that late-night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor sleep quality, which led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping and lowered self-esteem.
Lead researcher Lynette Vernon, of Murdoch University in Perth, said the findings showed a need for curfews around the use of mobile phones in bedrooms.
A major factor as to why many people, even young kids, get hooked to technology and their health ultimately suffers is because they have access to it at home or even outside the house. Even kids as young as 10-13 years old now own their personal smartphones. So, it’s no longer surprising that people with sleep issues are rising because our lifestyle is mainly to blame. We live in a tech-crazed world that can’t survive a day without fiddling with our smartphones or logging into our various social media accounts.
The study of 1,101 students aged between 13 and 16 years old, is thought to be the first to prove the direct link between higher mobile phone use and a rise in externalizing behaviour – such as aggression – decreased self-esteem and coping skills.
However, using mobile phones at night was not “significantly associated” with a change in depressed mood, according to the study paper.
Those behind the research suggested it could be because depressed adolescents may stop using their phones as much to contact friends. This could mean night-time use of other technology – such as devices to access social media – could be more closely linked to poor sleep and depression, they said.
Social media gave new meaning to our lives. However, you can’t deny that while it is fun to connect and reconnect with old and new friends online, it can take your time away from more important life responsibilities, even from your much-needed sleep. Unfortunately, teens suffer the most because they often don’t understand yet the implications of this new tech obsession and how their health ultimately suffers in the end.
These days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games.
For children and teens, using cell phones, tablets and computers at night is associated with losing sleep time and sleep quality, new research finds. Even children who don’t use their phones or the other technologies littering their bedrooms at night are losing shut-eye and becoming prone to daylight sleepiness, the analysis published today in JAMA Pediatrics finds.
The analysis found “a consistent pattern of effect across a wide range of countries and settings,” said Dr. Ben Carter, lead author and a senior lecturer in biostatistics at King’s College London.
It is the parents’ responsibility to look after their child’s health and well-being even if it means imposing a curfew on their tech use. If you just let kids use technology whenever they want to, they will eventually suffer from poor sleep quality, not get enough sleep and suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness that may pull their grades down and affect how much they participate in class.
Aside from affecting school performance, kids and teens who stay up late at night because of their smartphone use suffer from a shift in their circadian rhythm that also affects various restorative biological processes that often take place at night in your sleep. Always remember that sleep is an important factor in the normal growth and development of children, so make sure they sleep well at night and away from these addictive gadgets as much as possible.