In this age, the use of social media is rampant. It has become a way of living and an acceptable norm. However, we are oblivious or unaware of the fact that this practice could be unhealthy for us physically. Here is a list of how social media could affect our bodies.
It Alters Your Sleep Pattern
Are you guilty of unwinding and relaxing before you go to sleep by browsing through your social media account? You may want to rethink before sticking to this habit. Research shows that the blue light coming from your smartphone can decrease the melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone) in your body. Thus, a seemingly harmless way of relaxation could be the culprit for you losing some precious sleep.
Too much time spent stooped in the laptop, and cell phone could lead to developing a bad posture. Whether standing up or sitting down, an odd position could then lead to back and neck pains.
Food porn is one of the trends in social media. A study states that once a person looks at appetizing pictures of food, he tends to overeat. Another study even suggested that these food images can signal hunger to your body even when you just had a meal.
Metabolism Slows Down
The light from smart devices, aside from affecting the melatonin levels, also messes up with one's cortisol and insulin levels. These changes could lead to higher sugar production and even to Type 2 Diabetes. Furthermore, weight problems could also occur.
A Link to Cancer and Early Death
Overuse of the social media isolates us from the real and physical world, building a virtual world, instead. Dr. Aric Sigman, a psychologist in U.K., tells about gene alteration theory. According to him, isolation could change how our genes function. With this altered state, it may lead to and trigger health problems such as cancer.
Also, prolonged periods of screen time could lessen our physical activities. We tend to be content with being sedentary as we use the social media. This way of living decreases cardiovascular health which may result in heart attacks and strokes.
Social media has been a part of our everyday lives. However, we cannot undermine the adverse effects that it brings to our bodies. For the sake of our health, we should regulate the use of social network apps.
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