Your mobile phone might be killing you!
The average rates of phone usage for adults (and children) is rising each year – and it’s easy to understand why. Phones are such a wonderful and easy way to stay connected with friends and family, or to access a wealth of information and entertainment on the internet, and they are getting cheaper to access, with basic models accessible to most people.
In a report published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine indicated that most developed countries have more mobile phones in use than the population (ie many people having more than one phone!)
In the UK it was suggested that adults spend about 25 hours per week online via phones, with 50% going online from 10-50+ times per day. That’s an astonishing 53 days per year, or 8.7 years of an average adult life (with 60 years of adult internet usage)! Similar results are reported for the US, with approximately 3.3hrs per day spent on digital media via smart phones.
Many negative health affects have occurred with mobile phone use, from suggested issues such as phone addiction, poor mental health, driver distraction and therefore vehicle accidents, to name just a few.
The risk to health with inactivity
Another aspect to excessive phone use is its affects on physical activity.
Physical inactivity has some major health implications, from increased diabetes, insulin resistance, heart attacks, strokes, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, excess body fat, and death (from all types of causes).
Sitting for longer than 4hrs per day indicates greater health risks, and the World Health Organisation recommends that people should sit for a maximum of 8hrs per day to remain healthy.
So if the average phone internet use is 3-4hrs per day, that doesn’t leave much time left for transport, work, meals, before you are over the maximum recommended 8hrs per day!
And the scary part is that if you complete the recommended 30mins per day of exercise, but sit for extended periods – the exercise is unlikely to hold off the negatives for sitting!
Phone usage can be wonderful, but it is often a massive time waster, used to fill our brains with information that we don’t actually really need. Perhaps this wasted time could be better used to improve your health.
So next time you want to use the excuse that you do not have enough time to be active – perhaps put your phone down – and free up some time to be active.
(and I hope you are reading this whilst walking on a treadmill at least!)