The digital world has now evolved into a way of life. Technology has become an integral part of our lives and it has been influencing almost everything ever since, including our aging.
The digital world has now evolved into a way of life. Technology has become an integral part of our lives and it has been influencing almost everything ever since, including our aging. Sounds crazy, right? As a result of smartphone dependency which also includes tablets and laptops, we started to change the way we grow old. Unfortunately, these are not positive changes.
Why has it become important now? It’s been quite a while since smartphones became part of our everyday life. We now experience more and more remote working than ever before. Technology has made us addicted to our screens and their influence continues to grow. Here are some of them, “not so positive influences”:
Have you ever heard of Mindy? It’s a digitally created model of people in the future. She’s short, she’s got a tech claw to hold her smartphone, and she’s got a shorter neck.
It's almost as if there is no need for our necks anymore since we spend up to 7 hours per day on average (according to the research) with our heads looking down at our smartphones. Therefore, we end up with headaches, pain in our shoulders and stiffness in the upper body.
By the way, this position can also cause a double chin due to increased pressure to this area and slacking skin.
Don’t forget the “rings of Venus” on the neck! These folds that mimic wrinkles, tend to appear even earlier as a result of this position.
High-energy visible light
High-energy visible light is high-frequency, high-energy light in the violet/blue band. Its wavelength is even bigger than that of UV-light. It’s enough to reach deep layers of skin where elastin and collagen are located. As a result, humans experience dehydration, pigmentation, damage to the protective layers of the skin, including a decrease in elasticity, and wrinkle formation etc.
Our gadgets do not produce enough light to harm us if they are used from time to time. But statistics show that as the amount of time we spend looking at our phones has increased, so has the impact this light is having on our skin.
What can we do?
Of course, it’s unlikely that we can manage to live without gadgets in such a modern world. But here are some ideas that might help you.
- Control time of use. Try to minimize the time that you spend using your gadgets.
- Enlarge your font type. Small font type while reading or texting can make you narrow your eyes or frown and this results in formation of “crow’s feet”, wrinkles between your eyebrows and on your forehead.
- Install a special app (like, Text neck) to help you place your smartphone at a correct angle, so that you do not bend your neck. When you lower your smartphone too much, the app will make a sound or vibration. At the beginning it might seem challenging, but it’ll be useful.
- Minimize blue light. Some smartphones have Night mode already installed, if not, try a special screen glass.