There is 8 billion population in the world, and over 6.5 billionof people owns a smartphone. And shockingly, only 4.5 billion people have theaccess to a working toilet. So, what makes this portable gadget so attractiveand how is it changing your body and brain? But first, I need a volunteer.Who wants to be a volunteer?Can you stand up and take out your phone?Now imagine you are on a bus, with strangers surrounding you,and you don’t want to talk to them. Then, you have your phone in your hand, andstart scrolling through social media. What would your posture be like in thissituation?Can you maintain like this and put down your phone?This angle might not seem as unnatural to our generation, but itis actually equivalent to the angle of an 8 years old child sitting on yourneck.
You can go back to your seat now.I have done extensive research that proves Canadians spendaround 5 hours on their phone per day on average, 7 days a week, 30 days amonth, for years now. And our body is gradually changing to adapt our habitsevery day. When the spine is adapted to our unhealthy posture of sitting, itbecomes a spinal malfunction called kyphosis, which can only be fixed byphysical treatment, very painful indeed. Therefore, we should adjust ourposture of sitting and put the phone up to a higher elevation, so our spinalangle can be fixed gradually.Well, since the distance between our phone screen and our eyesare getting closer and closer, our eyes are adapting to us looking at nearobjects, and this is myopia. As we learned in science, the light rays onlyfocus on the retina when the object is placed close to your eye, and the imagewould be blurry if placed far away because It would focus in front of theretina. In fact, Dr.
Mike, the lead investigator and clinical scientist of theWaterloo university says that: “Historically, myopia started at age 12 or 13,but now it is showing up more often in kids of six or seven years old.” In the1970s, only a quarter of North American population suffered nearsightedness,and now the number has doubled. It’s even affecting nearly 80 to 90% of someAsian country population.But what makes it so hard to put down?Take for example a racing game. when you break the old record,and you are achieving goals and your brain releases a portion of dopamine.
Since you broke your record, the game would reward you with faster and bettercars, which cause your brain to release more dopamine. And this eventuallybecomes the compulsion loop. And it is also the exact same loop that is causingthe addition of serious drugs. We are never truly alone on the internet, socialmedia, we never have the be bored under these constant feeds of information.
Therefore, Compulsion loops can also be found in apps on our phone. They aredesigned to constantly provide new content, and making them especially hard toput down.The phone is changing your brain too.There are two types of brain patterns: Alpha waves and gammawaves.Alpha waves often connect to relaxation and associated withfocusing ability.Gamma wave often connects to conscious attentiveness, like doingmath or physics.In fact, experiments have shown that when a cell phone istransmitting, like during a phone call, the power of alpha waves issignificantly boosted, means that phone transmission can literally change yourbrain.Since we use our phone so much, what does learning matter if allof the information in the world is just a Google search away? if that’s the wayyou are using your mind, just searching on the internet, finding information,and forgetting them very quickly, you are not building knowledge.
You aresimply thinking like a computer. Which means that the humanity is at stake, andit would be a shame if everyone is assimilated. If you look at the greatmonuments of culture, they come from people who are able to pay attention, whocontrol their mind.
And that’s what makes our mind to think more critically,and in a creative way. So, overall. Phones are great in many ways, and extremely usefulwhen you need to check something online. But, many successful businessmen wouldtake a smartphone vacation in order to increase productivity.
So guys, try totake one day off from your phone and you will see the differences. Thanks forlistening.