Ask someone today about one thing they couldn’t leave the house without and chances are they’ll point to their smartphone. Like an extra limb stuck to our hips (or our hands, rather), one's phone has become a vital accessory that helps us go about our day. We might even have to admit that we've somehow become dependent on it. But aside from the side-effects of social media on our mental health, did you know that there are other ways your smartphone usage is affecting your physiological health? We spill the jarring details below (plus ways to deal with them).
Blue light may be causing your insomnia
Many of us turn to our phones prior to hitting the hay, but if you find yourself feeling more awake than drowsy after a couple of scrolls, the culprit may be the blue light emitted by your phone. This is due to light having different effects on our senses. Blue wavelengths, specifically, boost energy and brain activity, which isn’t exactly helpful when you’re about to sleep.
The trick to this is quite simple: put down your phone minutes before you actually have to go to sleep. This helps mellow down your brain activity, as well as prevent your senses from reawakening. Some phones also now have a Blue Light Filter function, which tones down the amount of blue light your screen emits.
Skin irritation or acne? It might be the dirt on your phone
Do you disinfect your phone? If not, then news flash: you have to. According to multiple studies done by various researchers, your smartphone is potentially seven times dirtier than a toilet seat. Yikes! This is due to its constant exposure to different surfaces, as well as the oils on your hands that allow for more bacteria to stick and grow on it microscopically. If you also happen to be sick and have sneezed or coughed on your phone, your gadget is now officially a pathogen cesspool.
So how do you deal with it? Many phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have advised various ways of cleaning certain devices. Using microfibre cloths with rubbing alcohol is one easy remedy. But if you want to take the extra mile, you can use hand soap and water carefully if your device has IP68 water resistance certification.