17 October 2016

It’s not me, it’s you: breaking up with bad tech habits

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Advancements made in technology like the smart phone, Google Glass and Apple Watch mean that we can take the internet with us everywhere now. The down side is that we take the internet with us everywhere now.

With technology’s constant presence, it’s vital to maintain healthy technology habits to ensure your health is in tech-top shape.

Here are the top five habits to break ASAP:

Leave screens out of the bedroom

I’m guilty of using my phone in bed before my eyes become too heavy or I drop my phone on my face. Not only can receiving a work email in your place of slumber increase stress and make a restful night’s sleep more difficult, it’s also proven that the artificial light from our phones can damage your sleep cycle. The exposure of blue light confuses your brain (is it morning or night?) and affects the way your body produces melatonin- the chemical that makes you sleepy. For a good night’s sleep, put the phone down.

Stop using your phone as a social crutch

This is probably a habit of the more introverted among us (myself included). When faced with an awkward social situation or dwindling conversation, the temptation is to bury ourselves in our phones. Over use of technology has been linked to depression because it prevents us from socialising- something we need to do as humans. I love the idea of a phone bowl when dining with a group. Everyone leaves their phone in the bowl and actual conversations ensue.

Shoulders back

This is particularly important for office workers. Research shows that sitting for 8 or more hours a day can put you at higher risk of muscular skeletal disease, diabetes and obesity. Ensure your chair height and posture is correct with this how to guide.

Take a break

Remaining in the same position for a long time can cause blood clots and staring at a screen for hours on end can cause eyestrain and affect your vision. Get up and stretch every now and then. Get a glass of water. Step outside to breathe. Chances are you will also be more productive upon your return.

It’s a laptop, not a lap-top

Using your laptop on your lap can result in health complications from minor conditions such as skin dryness to more serious maladies like reduced sperm count. Not to mention you are likely to have terrible posture when using your device on your lap- hunched shoulders and neck cranked. Leave the laptop on the desk.

Claire Dowler is a Conference Producer with Akolade. She recently graduated with a double degree: a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Media and Communications Studies majoring in International Communication. Claire minored in sarcasm and puns.

A ballroom-dancer who collects salt and pepper shakers and volunteers for animal rescue, you might say Claire has eclectic interests.

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