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Did you know that the average person spends more than five hours daily on their mobile phone?
And according to a recent survey from Statista, that number will only go up.
While there are certainly some great things about smartphones – like they can help us stay connected with friends and family – there are also some not-so-great habits we can develop regarding our phones.
This blog post will look at five of the most common smartphone habits that can lead to health problems.
So, if you want to change your phone usage, read on!
Habit 1 - Smartphone Overuse
Let's face it: we're guilty of spending too much time on our smartphones.
And while there's nothing wrong with using your phone now and again, it can lead to serious health problems when you overuse your device.
For example, excessive smartphone use could lead to the following:
- Poor sleep quality
- Increased anxiety and depression
- Eye strain and headaches
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Lower back pain
If you're spending more time on your phone than you'd like, you can do a few things to break the habit.
First, set some limits for yourself.
Decide how much time you want to spend on your phone daily, and then stick to it.
One way to do this is by setting a timer for yourself.
Put your phone away when the timer goes off and do something else.
This habit will help you stay focused and not get too caught up in your phone.
You may also try installing an app that allows you to set screen time goals that reward you when you reach them.
With these apps, you can break your smartphone habit in a fun and rewarding way.
Second, keep your phone out of reach when focusing on other things, like work or spending time with family.
Detaching yourself from your phone allows you to focus on the task.
And when you're not focused on your phone, you can enjoy the moment and be present in your life.
If keeping your phone out of reach is tough, try putting it in another room or turning it off entirely.
And finally, make a conscious effort to put your phone away when you're with other people to help you stay present and avoid missing out on important moments.
Habit 2 - Poor Posture
While you might not think twice about how you're holding your phone, poor posture can lead to serious health problems.
Also known as the "Text Neck Syndrome," this condition occurs when your head is kept in a forward position for an extended period, causing repetitive stress injury to your neck.
So how bad is the "Text Neck Syndrome"?
A review from the University of Cairo explained that tilting your head forward by 60 degrees creates a force equivalent to 60 pounds.
That’s about the same as carrying an 8-year-old child around your neck for two to four hours!
No wonder many people can't shake off their chronic health issues, including neck pain, shoulder pain, upper back pain, and headaches.
Fortunately, recovering from Text Neck Syndrome is possible by following these simple tips:
- Raise your phone to eye level so your head doesn’t tilt forward.
- Shift your position now and then.
- Take a break every 15 minutes.
- Arch your neck and shoulder backward periodically
- Keep your neck in contact with your chair’s headrest to avoid flexing forward.
Habit 3 - Staring At Your Smartphone Screen In The Dark
Staring at your smartphone's screen in the dark can lead to some serious eye problems.
This habit could lead to a condition called "digital eye strain."
Some of the symptoms of digital eye strain include:
- Eye fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Neck and shoulder pain
Even worse, using your smartphone in the dark could potentially speed up vision loss due to damage in the retinal cells caused by UV and blue light.
So what can you do to keep your vision as clear as ever?
First, reduce your screen time in the dark.
Second, wear sunglasses with UV and blue light protection features.
Habit 4 - Not Cleaning Your Phone
According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, the University of London, one in six phones tested positive for coliform bacteria.
This bacteria is responsible for many cases of upset stomach, diarrhea, and fever.E. coli, found in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, was also found on some phones.
The good news is that disinfecting your phone doesn't have to be expensive.
Here are the steps to keep your phone germ-free:
- Combine distilled water and 70% isopropyl alcohol in a small spray bottle in a 1:1 ratio.
- Spritz the solution onto a microfiber cloth.
- Wipe your phone with the microfiber cloth.
- Let your phone dry for 10 minutes before using it again.
Generally, that's how you can clean your phone.
However, some brands, such as Apple and Samsung, recommend using Clorox wipes or 70% alcohol wipes instead of microfiber cloths.
In any case, clean your phone and other electronic devices every day, as advised by the CDC.
Habit 5 - Not Getting Protection From EMF
But, what is EMF, anyway?
And why should you be concerned about it?
Well, even though this last smartphone habit might seem too technical, it is still a life-saving habit because it can be fatal to ignore.
EMF is non-ionizing radiation from electronic devices such as Bluetooth, Internet TVs, tablets, and smartphones.
While the amount of EMF radiation emitted by your phone is small, it's still enough to cause some health issues.
- inability to concentrate
- Sleep problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Joint pain
There are, however, studies linking long-term exposure to EMF radiation to cancer, fertility problems, and other critical health conditions:
According to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, using a cellphone for more than 17 minutes a day over 10 years increases brain cancer risk by 60%.
A study of cellphone radiation and human brain tumor risk led the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify radiofrequency radiation as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
The former director of the National Center for Environmental Health concluded that smartphones could cause two types of brain tumors: gliomas and acoustic neuromas.
A study from the Pusan National University in South Korea concludes that cell phone use is linked to poor sperm quality – including its motility, viability, and concentration.
- Scientists from Benha University in Egypt found that exposure to EMF has negatively affected the immune system of test subjects.
So, how does EMF do its damage?
First, it sabotages the cell membranes.
This damage disrupts cell communication and causes them to malfunction or even die.
It's a lot like a loud ambulance that messes up the conversation between people.
Second, EMF ruins the DNA.
This DNA damage leads to a decrease in the production of enzymes and proteins essential for the proper functioning of our cells.
It is similar to a factory that is not receiving the proper raw materials. The cells cannot function properly with a decrease in enzymes and proteins.
Third, EMF alters calcium ion transport which results in an imbalance in the cell and can lead to cell death.
Fourth, EMF suppresses melatonin production.
Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate our sleep-wake cycle.
When exposed to EMF, your bodies produce less melatonin, disrupting sleep and leading to fatigue.
And lastly, EMF exposure increases free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to many chronic diseases we often link to aging.
As you can see, EMF can harm you in more ways than one, which means taking vitamins, getting to bed early, and exercising may not be enough to offset the damage.
Fortunately, there’s an effective way to protect yourself from EMF radiation.
It’s called the Bodywell Chip, and you can install it on the back of your phone, modem, router, laptop, and any device that runs on 5G and WiFi.
This is the ONE habit you should be doing to protect your health from EMF radiation.
And here's why.
On top of being so compact and compatible with the latest gadgets, the Bodywell Chip sets itself apart from the competition by having an 80% Specific Absorption Rate (SAR).
SAR is the GOLD standard for measuring EMF radiation, and it's the only way to know how much EMF a device is emitting.
With such a high SAR rating, it means that out of all the EMF radiation your devices emit, only around 20% enters your body when you use the Bodywell Chip.
With other EMF protection devices, you're lucky if they can reduce EMF radiation by half.
But with the Bodywell Chip, you can finally use your devices without worrying about the harmful effects of EMF radiation.
The Bodywell Chip is perfect for many mobile device users, including:
Students - If you use your laptop for long hours or have to carry around your tablet to class, the Bodywell Chip will protect you from EMF radiation.
Parents - If you're worried about the effects of EMF radiation on your children, the Bodywell Chip is a great way to protect them. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your children get 24/7 protection even when you’re not around.
Business Professionals - If you're constantly on your phone or laptop for work, the Bodywell Chip will allow you to use your devices without worry.
Men planning to start a family - The Bodywell Chip is a great way to protect your sperm quality from EMF radiation.
So, if you're looking for an EMF protection device that is compact, compatible with the latest gadgets, and has a high SAR rating, the Bodywell Chip is a perfect choice.
Smartphones are a fantastic technology that allows us to stay connected.
However, like anything else in life, use your smartphone in moderation.
We’ve outlined five smartphone habits that can lead to health problems, and we hope you will take this information to heart.
And while we can’t change our innate biology, we can take steps to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of EMF radiation.
One way to do this is by installing the Bodywell Chip on your WiFi and 5G devices.
This technology will help reduce the amount of radiation you’re exposed to daily.
So make it a habit to install the Bodywell Chip and keep yourself healthy and safe!