4 Ways Your Smartphone Usage May Be Affecting Your Health | Clozette


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


Girl looking at her iphone


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.


Girl looking at the blank screen of her phone

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.

Poor posture due to ‘text neck’


Ever had to answer a call with both hands occupied that you had to pin your phone between your ear and your shoulder? What about spending an entire day looking down on your screen? If your answer to either or both is yes, chances are you're already dealing with the consequence: text neck. It's like a stiff neck caused by muscles cramping due to the excessive use of one’s phone. It may feel like a come-and-go hassle we have to deal with after prolonged moments with our phone, but in the long run, this can lead to long-term aches and pains related to your posture.


girl texting while shopping

This is a great opportunity to remind yourself to time your smartphone usage. Sure, you have to be updated on everything but once you feel some cramping, there’s no harm in taking a five- to 10-minute break. You can also make it a practice to just raise your phone to a degree within eye level rather than looking down to check your screen to avoid developing this syndrome. 

Feelingless fingers? It might be carpal tunnel syndrome


Similar to the ‘text neck’, prolonged smartphone usage can also lead to aching hands and fingers. But when it gets constant, you shouldn’t just let it be because it might lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a condition that causes pain, tingling and numbing on the fingers, hands, and sometimes even the arms. In previous years and decades, the use of typewriters and computer keyboards was the common culprit for this syndrome, now it's the use of smartphones. 


Girl texting using her iphone




Taking a break is key to avoid developing such a muscle strain. Massaging your hands with essential oils or lotions is also a great way to make sure the blood flow in that area is alright. Lastly, avoiding contact with water, especially right after prolonged phone usage, should be done in order to avoid shocking the tired nerves in your hands and fingers. If not, you might develop permanent muscles spasms that can crawl all throughout your body. 


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November is the perfect time to whip out your cosy style pieces — the season just complements it so well. And what better wardrobe option to match your cosy outfits than sweaters? Take cues from these ladies of the Clozette Community for the perfect sweater pieces to sport for the cooler breeze.


(Cover photo from: Shebel)


Snuggle up with these sweaters!

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We've got only 51 days to go till we ring in the new decade! Not so thrilled? We feel you. Starting a new era can surely stir a mix of emotions in us, but the good news is there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to. For one, the theme for next year's Met Gala may be the most relatable yet and we're already excited to see how it will pan out. There's also the release of anticipated movies like Mulan, Black Widow and A Quiet Place II. Keep reading to know more about what to expect in the coming days.


Met Gala 2020 theme is very 'timely'



There's no doubt that this year's Met Gala Theme — Camp: Notes on Fashion — is an experimental and futuristic one. However, for next year (which marks the 150th anniversary of the museum), it's gonna be the opposite. Called "About Time: Fashion and Duration", it will be about looking back and celebrating the evolution of fashion and the style trends from the past 150 years. With throwback looks still very much in vogue, we're sure this one will give us major fashion inspiration. 


Takashimaya x Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design


Takashimaya Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design


Getting ready for the gifting season? Check out Takashimaya's collab with Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design for festive gift wrap options. Third-year students from the institution were invited to design the shopping mall's Christmas packaging for 2019. To showcase the creative designs, there will be an upcoming exhibition that will be situated at the atrium of Takashimaya Shopping Centre. It will remain open to the public until 21 November. Follow their Instagram account for updates.


G-DRAGON's Nike Air Force 1 "Para-noise" is about to launch


G-DRAGON Nike Air Force 1 Para-noise


Sneakerheads, rejoice! G-DRAGON's hotly-anticipated Nike Air Force 1 "Para-noise" sneaker is about to be launched. With an upper fabrication that features a black painted overlay designed to slowly wear away over time to reveal a personal artwork created by the hip-hop icon, this pair is really a unique gem that will add value to your shoe collection. Exact details of the launch are yet to be released, but what we do know is that in Singapore it will be available via an online raffle at Dover Street Market


adidas x MISSONI



For quite some time now, luxury brands have been dipping their toes in streetwear territory and it looks like the trend is going strong. Sportswear label adidas has been making some major advances in this fashion category. Following the success of their limited-edition line of Ultraboosts, adidas has partnered with MISSONI to give their Pulseboost a space-dyed makeover that will feature the Italian fashion house's iconic pattern. Aside from that, adidas is also rumoured to have another luxury sneaker collab next month with Prada. How exciting, right?



L’Oréal is developing paper bottle packaging



The race for sustainable packaging has officially begun. Leading cosmetics company L’Oréal 
— alongside Carlsberg, Absolut and Coca-Cola — gets a headstart by partnering with PaBoCo (The Paper Bottle Company) to accelerate its paper-based packaging innovations. Right now, all eyes are on the first carton-based cosmetic tube, which is made with a bio-based certified paper-like material that can harmlessly degrade if accidentally put in nature. The first development is underway with a target launch date in 2021. Any thoughts?


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