In today’s time, you can’t even walk into a relaxing coffee shop without seeing someone on their cell phone. Cell phones are an addiction for most people, even if they rarely use them to make phone calls. Many people use their cell phones for texting, web browsing, games, and more. While cell phones are making people more unsociable, there are even more important health risk factors to consider. Forgo these cell phone bad habits for better health in the long run.
Bad Habit #1 – Cradling the Phone in the Shoulder: The definition of hands free is meant for those using Bluetooth devices, not for those balancing the phone in between their shoulder and ear. Not only does this look silly, but it also can create a lot of pain in the long run. Holding the phone in this position can cause strain on your neck, shoulder, and upper back. Avoid misalignment and back pain issues by using a Bluetooth device or by using speakerphone.
Bad Habit #2- Using Your Phone in the Bathroom: Do you want to hear something quite funny and ironic? Most people go to the bathroom and take extra caution to use toilet seat covers and wash their hands. However, many people also use their cell phones in the bathroom too, either to play games or text to pass the time. This bad habit is why cell phones are covered in a lot of germs. What’s worse is that then you touch your phone or put it up to your ear. While most people will only experience a minor bug from this bad habit, it can lead to other sicknesses as well. How should you solve this problem? Stop using your phone to keep you entertained in the loo and wipe down your phone often.
Bad Habit # 3 – Checking Your Phone at Night: It’s dark in your room, and you are about to drift off to sleep when all of a sudden you get a text or other notification. Most people then will look at their phone and spend a few minutes on their phone letting their eyes focus on the bright screen while it is pitch black around them. What’s even worse is when people check their email, Facebook, or Instagram feed in bed and focus their eyes on the blaring screen for too long. This will lead to night blindness and sight issues. It can also cause issues with headaches and sleeping. How to avoid this bad habit? It’s simple. Turn the brightness of your phone screen down, only view your phone when there is a light on, and limit phone exposure 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
Use your cell phone to help you, not cause you health problems! Correct these bad cell phone habits in your life, and you will surely avoid the related health consequences.
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