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Watching television or surfing the web before bed lowers the sleep producing melatonin and increases alertness to things. That is why when you go to bed and close your eyes after looking at a screen for a long time, you will see flashing lights or a reflection of what you had just seen. “Out of a poll of 1,604 people, 95 percent reported that they used the internet before going to bed.”Huffington Post A lot of people are using computers and cell phones before bed, which means that they are probably experiencing the side effects of seeing the flashing lights.
Noise can affect your study habits as much as it can your health. An example of this was prevalent in two classrooms of New York. One was close to some train tracks where it was noisy and distracting. The other classroom was located on the opposite side of the building where it was quiet and could see the park. Results show that the classroom next to the train tracks “fell nearly a year behind” the others. A reason why noise affects people so much is because in everyday life you hear noises everywhere, whether it be the buzz from your phone or someone talking in a room next to yours. Your brain picks up all of these noises and determines whether they are wanted or unwanted. So, if you are in an environment that is very noisy, you might not work as efficiently because of the distracting atmosphere.
According to the National Cancer Institute phones emit radio frequency and affect parts of tissue that are closest to it. The rate of calls are going up. In 2000, 110 million people were connected to cellphone carriers. Now 330 million people are connected. Despite the consequences people are using cellphones for more than just calling and texting. People now communicate through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. I find using my phone to call someone or text someone more important than thinking about the risks of cancer associated with it.
With all of these factors people are moving towards life with less technology. The name of this phenomenon is called the 'pushback.' People who are not using technology as much fall into 3 distinct categories. There are the addicts, discontents, and the hipsters.Seattle Times. The addicts feel as if they are pressured into checking the web every five minutes and feel like they need to stay online at all times. They are tired of this and are deciding to live with less technology. The discontents feel as though they can spend their time differently than watching Youtube videos and reading blogs that don't relate to them. Instead they could be walking around the park or even holding their pet turtle. The hipsters feel as though too many people are using the social media and take pride in reading physical books rather than eBooks and listening to vinyl than mp3. After all, the pushback is real and it is starting to become more of a trend to stop using technology in our everyday lives.
In conclusion, the overuse of technology is affecting our health negatively. Surfing the web before bed and listening to music can be detrimental to us. That is why so many people are following the ‘pushback’ to live life with less, or even without using computers, cell phones, and other devices that harm us.
After writing on this topic, I have been trying to use my phone in a more efficient way, this includes not using it right before I go to bed and not carrying it in my pocket all day. This was hard for the first week because I got so used to the instant gratification my phone provided. For example if I wanted to call someone I could do it right then and there (depending on the situation) but now I wait to call them until the end of the day just to get used to not using my phone. Now I put my phone in my backpack and hardly use it throughout the day, I communicate with friends more often now because I broke that habit. I try not to get sidetracked when using my computer to reduce the time I’m on it and get my homework done faster so I can go to bed earlier and get more sleep. Before I would get sidetracked very easily, not only because I wasn’t aware of the terrible things my computer could be doing to my brain but because I could go to sleep easier after that. Although I have never studied with music I have even more of a reason not to. Before I read the article on music I thought that it was distracting to listen to music when it is loud and very energetic. I have heard many instances of classical music being good for studying because it is soothing. Now I know not to study with my favorite song on because you will know the lyrics and your brain will subconsciously sing along with them. Also those two to three seconds it takes for you to change the song you are listening to is distracting because that time can add up. All in all I really liked writing on this topic and I have learned a lot from it through the comments and the articles.Thank you ~ Evan