Most people would describe me as easy-going but that’s not to say I don’t have my pet peeves. Chief among them is a person who is quick to point out a problem without providing a solution. That’s just crop-dusting negativity and we don’t need any more of that. So when I came across the following list of ways cell phones are destroying our lives I was instantly peeved. Partly because I can name fifty ways cell phones have saved my life. But mostly because this cellph-hater didn’t offer any solutions.
Lucky for you, I’m on it.
Cellph-Hater: Cellphones are ruining our relationships. Before we thought that cell phones hurt our relationships with significant others, but now we’re finding that essentially all relationships are affected by cell phones due to lack of being present and attentive. They are distracting us even more than ever before instead of “keeping us connected” as they’re being marketed.
Cellph-Help: Boundaries, people. No cellphones at the table. No texting when you are with a 3-D person. No texting while someone is lecturing you about how much you’ve been texting lately.
Cellph-Hater: Using your cell phone too much gives you acne. A ton of bacteria from hands and fingers, touching flat surfaces or random things in your pockets or bag, and your own oils from your skin all hang out on the screen.
Cellph-Hater: Cell phones are hurting our sleep patterns. The soft blue glow our phones emit conflicts with the melatonin and other hormones that make you sleepy and allow for more peaceful sleep. Looking at our cell phones right before bed to check one last email or send one more text also messes with our brains ability to relax and find sleep easier.
Cellph-Help: I agree. So read these series
before bed and you’ll be fine.
Cellph-Hater: Cell phones are ruining our eyes. Studies are showing that we are focusing too hard and too long on the small objects on our cell phone screens, i.e. words in a text message. We’re finding the need for glasses or contacts is far more frequent in younger people these days than ever before.
Cellph-Help: Go into settings and increase the size of your font. Then try to limit your texting to five minutes every hour. I got special glasses with a yellow tint because I’m facing a screen all day. While the yellow doesn’t look very jazzy it does minimize glare which helps my peepers.
Cellph-Hater: Cell phones can give us saggy jowls and are ruining our posture. Vain? Maybe. But people are going to regret this in years to come. Staring down at our phones all the time is also bad for us because it can change posture. One doctor told The Daily Mail that looking at your cell too much can cause pain in your neck or shoulders because leaning forward like that “squashes the top of your spine and compresses the nerves that go up to your head.” This can cause headaches and also make us feel tired and stiff.
Cellph-Help: Text upside down.
See? Problems solved.