What do we do in the morning, right after we wake up? Well, a lot of us pick up our phones and go through WhatsApp messages, read the news, check Instagram for updates and emails.
And in case an important email needs to be addressed as a priority, we instantly switch from our smartphones to the laptop or tab to get the job started. We also continue to check our phones every 10 minutes or less, even if we don’t have any alerts or notifications.
Whether for long virtual meetings, back to back, or for students attending online classes, there is no denying that we are heavily dependent on technology, which has become an inevitable part of our daily lives.
In fact, the onset of the pandemic has simply accelerated our use of technology. With social distancing, imposed standards that restrict gatherings or face-to-face meetings, technology has been the only safe way to connect with the outside world.
A Cisco report further points out that mobile connectivity is expected to grow in the coming years, as more than 70% of the world’s population will have mobile connectivity by 2023 and, at the same time, the total number of mobile subscribers worldwide will also reach 5.7 billion compared to 5.1 billion in 2018.
Besides cellphones, we have laptops, tablets, smart TVs, Wi-Fi routers, etc., which play an equally important role in our daily routine – helping us to do our jobs, play games. , watch series or movies in frenzy as well as help students to study. In addition, the Wi-Fi router is always “on” because it is difficult to survive a day without the Internet.
At the same time, rapidly growing new era technologies such as industrial robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning are gradually disrupting age-old business practices. As a result, companies today are investing heavily in harnessing the capabilities of these technologies to achieve business advancements. Therefore, it’s no secret that we already coexist with technology and that will be the only way to exist even in the future.
However, there is a harsh truth attached to it!
While technology plays a miraculous role in our lives as well as redefining or revolutionizing businesses by helping them bring new innovations, it also creates a danger zone for humanity.
These gadgets give off harmful emissions, also known as ElectroSmog or e-smog that affect our overall immunity and well-being, bit by bit. This is because we are constantly surrounded by these invisible and unseen threats. And these immunity thieves leave an impact on each of us.
Threats and the solution
Overuse of gadgets directly exposes us to negative emissions, resulting in several physical and mental issues that can also cause permanent damage to our long-term health and well-being. The river of negative impact includes anxiety, stress, sleep disturbances, headaches as well as behavioral changes among us.
With technology being one of the crucial aspects of human life and business, the only way forward is to use it responsibly.
By taking small but iconic steps, we can reduce the addiction to gadgets in our daily lives, which will ultimately minimize our exposure to existing threats in the long run.
On a personal level, precautionary measures such as maintaining an appropriate distance from these gadgets while in use can be helpful.
Eliminate the tendency to nomophobia
We tend to charge our battery even when our phone is almost fully charged. We take our smartphones everywhere we go, even in the bathroom. Yes, we have this habit of constantly checking our phones even when we haven’t received any notifications.
It is therefore important to get rid of these habits. Having our phone with us all the time means we are perpetually exposed to negative emissions.
Limit the time you use social media
Either we sit idle or take a five minute break, randomly browse / scroll through social media apps on our cellphones, tablets, etc. which sometimes turns into 15 minutes or more.
But what we need to do is limit this usage time.
Instead of scrolling through social media feeds, we can invest that time to go for a quick walk. This will help us move away from these gadgets and reduce the effect of electronic smog.
Create more awareness
Self-awareness is the key to reducing the slow damage done silently by ElectroSmog. This is necessary to know so that we can consciously implement precautionary measures, find credible solutions and keep these negative energies at bay.
With the advancement of technology, there are already scientifically validated solutions available in the market. These non-intrusive, fix-and-forget solutions not only provide personal protection for ourselves and our families, but also create an “immunity zone” around our work or living spaces.
Technology and gadgets undoubtedly make our life easier than before. However, overuse of anything makes the situation worse. The best way is to use technology amicably to eliminate the silent threats brought by these artificial gadgets. So go ahead and take the step towards your well-being now.
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