All around us, technology is taking up more and more of our daily lives. From smartphones to tablets to smart home systems, technology has infiltrated every aspect of our living spaces. Technology today is changing the way we live, work, play, and communicate. While technology offers convenience and speed, it has also increased the use of electronic devices, which can lead to several health concerns.
Everybody wants a piece of the technological pie. So, with so much information at our fingertips, it only makes sense that we all want to go about it in the healthiest way possible. But are we?
- The use of technology has transformed the way we go about our daily lives. It helps us streamline our work and personal lives, giving us more time to pursue our passions and connect with others. Technology also helps us manage our health. Wearables help us track our steps, heart rate, and other health indicators, and apps such as MyFitnessPal can calculate our caloric intake.
- As technology continues to evolve, so does our understanding of its impact on our health. From diagnosing diseases to disease prevention to helping patients through illness, wearables are helping to improve healthcare around the world.
- At the same time, people are becoming more aware of their physical and mental health. The growing use of fitness wearables and apps has helped people track their daily health. And with more awareness about their overall health, people are getting healthier—but there’s still a lot more people can do to stay on track.
- Technology is revolutionizing health care and medicine. New technology is helping doctors diagnose illnesses and conditions, communicate with each other, and diagnose their patients. They are also improving patient treatment outcomes. Technology is helping physicians identify diseases earlier, manage chronic conditions, monitor health, and transmit medical information.
- Is technology making us—or hindering us in becoming—healthy? With advances in technology, the lines between “healthy” and “unhealthy” behaviors are becoming blurry. You no longer have to go to the gym or run as many miles to get a healthy body. While that may be true, it may not be the best thing for your overall health. Technology is also changing how we receive information, from websites to social media to apps.
- Technology has been our best friend over the past couple of years, and in some regards, it’s made our lives easier and more convenient. But in others, technology has made our lives LESS healthy. As kids, we grew up using devices from gaming systems to iPods, and as we grew up, we did things like play video games and listened to music on our phones. But, as adults, we’re using these devices in ways that weren’t intended. Instead of leaving our devices alone, we’re using them as replacements for real human interaction and physical activity. And we aren’t alone.
- Technology is designed to make our lives easier, but at what cost? Technology is making us less healthy. Our lives are busier than ever, and technology offers shortcuts. We text, email, and call people instead of talking face to face. We text while driving and on public transportation. We find it easier just to order takeout and forgo cooking dinner. Technology has made it easier to connect with people, but it has also made people less social. As technology advances, our habits of using technology are negatively impacting our health.
- While plenty of studies have been done on the positive and negative effects of technology, we can’t say for sure if technology has made us unhealthy. But to say that technology is not good for us is to stand by the facts. Technology promotes sedentary lifestyles, and sitting at a desk for hours on end with video or the Internet, especially during our commutes to and from work, should be discouraged.
Technology is great—it’s what connects us, enables us to communicate, and opens a world of possibilities. The problem is that technology can also be a huge—and growing—addiction. Whether we’re addicted to our phones, our computers, or our gaming systems, the takeaway is that technology can have both good and bad effects on our health, depending on how we decide to use it.