Is Technology Healthy?

By: 10x Marketing

Look around your kitchen. How many electrical appliances do you own? Today there are electrical appliances for nearly every type of food preparation: Garlic mashers, juicers, blenders. Do you really need so many appliances? Is it good for your health? Is it good for your body?

The world average life expectancy is age 67. In the United States, it is approximately age 78. Fast growth in medical technology, particularly in recent years, has expanded our life expectancy by a lot. Yet studies also show that technology can pose a threat to our health. Cell phones, computers, power lines and home appliances all expose the body to electromagnetic radiation. Although many health studies claim the harm of this exposure to be "inconclusive," it can't be all that great for us, can it?

At work, a capacitive sensor guides us. Our keyboards have character recognition. We are bathed in technology at work, while shopping, even as we dream at night. How can we use all this technology to our health's advantage?

Technology can reduce stress

We can consciously choose technology that reduces our stress level and improves our overall health. We can also make choices to avoid unnecessary technology, like the excess items that are just crowding our lives. There are choices we can make about the technology surrounding us, in order to improve our chances of living a long healthy life. Watch out for technology that causes you undue stress. An obvious stress-inducing item might be a cell phone with a jarring ring, but there are many more subtlety stressful affects of technology. Many of these affects you can control and improve. Change that ringer to one that won't make you jump, remove sound affects from your computer, etc.

Reduce cell phone use

Over one and a half billion people worldwide use cell phones. Although the cell phone industry maintains there is no scientific evidence of harmful electromagnetic radiation, scientists and health experts are skeptical. Some laboratory studies have shown that radio waves from cell phones do harm body cells and damage DNA, although a spokesperson from one such study said that these biological changes did not lead to disease. Even Dr Zenon Sienkiewicz of the National Radiological Protection Board said there is no reason for the public to be worried about using their cell phones. Still, many health experts recommend holding the cell phone far from the ear, or using a headpiece.

Assess your conditions

Choosing technology that does not put added stress on your body is vital in prolonging your life. Stress kills and causes disease. Looking around your home, ask yourself, is there anything here that is causing me stress. Look at your computer: Can you see the screen well, or are you squinting, causing stress to your eyes? Little improvements like upgrading to a better monitor can reduce hours of stress and add years to your life.

Look in your bedroom. Does your radio stand next to your headboard? Think about moving it across the room, which may reduce your risk of interfering radio waves. Is the alarm on your radio a harsh, jarring sound? Consider the stressful effect such an alarm will have. There may be another choice of alarm bell that does the job of waking you, but with a softer sound.

Technology can be wonderful, but if we lose our watchful eye of it, our bodies will suffer consequences.

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