There is 8 billionpopulation in the world, and over 6.5 billion of people owns a smartphone. Andshockingly, only 4.5 billion people have the access to a working toilet.
So,what makes this portable gadget so attractive and how is it changing your bodyand brain? But first, I need a volunteer.Who wants to be avolunteer? Can you stand up and take out your phone? Now imagine you are on abus, with strangers surrounding you, and you don’t want to talk to them. Then,you have your phone in your hand, and start scrolling through social media.
What would your posture be like in this situation? Can you maintain like thisand put down your phone? This angle might not seem as unnatural to ourgeneration, but it is actually equivalent to the angle of an 8 years old childsitting on your neck. You can go back to your seat now.I have done some extensiveresearch; Canadians spend around 5 hours on their phone per day on average, 7days a week, 30 days a month, for years now. And our body is gradually changingto adapt our habits every day. When the spine is adapted to our unhealthyposture of sitting, it becomes a spinal malfunction called kyphosis, which canonly be fixed by physical treatment, very painful indeed. Therefore, we shouldadjust our posture of sitting and put the phone up to a higher elevation, soour spinal angle can be fixed gradually.
Well, since the distancebetween our phone screen and our eyes are getting closer and closer, our eyesare adapting to us looking at near objects, and this is myopia. As we learnedin science, the light rays only focus on the retina when the object is placedclose to your eye, and the image would be blurry if placed far away because Itwould focus in front of the retina. In fact, Dr. Mike, the lead investigatorand clinical scientist of the Waterloo university says that: “Historically,myopia started at age 12 or 13, but now it is showing up more often in kids ofsix or seven years old.” In the 1970s, only a quarter of North Americanpopulation suffered nearsightedness, and now the number has doubled.
It’s evenaffecting nearly 80 to 90% of some Asian country population.But what makes it so hardto put down? In a racing game, when you break the old record, and your braingenerates a portion of dopamine. Because you broke your old record, the gamewould reward you with even faster and better cars, which also causes your brainto release more dopamine. These processes repeat over time and eventuallybecome the compulsion loop. And it is also the exact same loop that is causingthe addiction to serious drugs. We are never truly alone on the internet, and wenever have to be bored under the constant feeds of information.
In which,Compulsion loops can also be found in apps on our phone. They are designed toconstantly provide new content, and making them harder to put down.The phone is changing yourbrain too. There are two types of brain patterns: Alpha waves and gamma waves. Alphawaves often connect to relaxation and associated with focusing ability. Gammawave often connects to conscious attentiveness, like doing math or physics. Infact, experiments have shown that when a cell phone is transmitting, likeduring a phone call, the power of alpha waves is significantly boosted, meansthat phone transmission can literally change your brain.Since we use our phone somuch, what does learning matter if all of the information in the world is justone Google search away? if that’s the way you are using your mind, justsearching on the internet, finding information, and forgetting them very quickly,you are not building knowledge.
You are simply thinking like a computer, whichmeans that the humanity is assimilated. If you look at the significant monumentsof culture, they come from people who are able to pay attention in life, whocontrol their mind. And that’s what makes our mind to think more critically,and in a creative way. So, overall.
Phones aregreat in many ways, and extremely useful when you need to check somethingonline. But, many successful businessmen would take a smartphone vacation inorder to increase productivity. So guys, try to take one day off from yourphone and you will see the differences. Thanks for listening.