5 ways a phone addiction can damage your health

 | By and Jenny McFarlane  |  Add comment

Stress, anxiety and a 'technology hangover' are all symptoms of phone obsession. And new research has revealed your phone could actually make you fat. You have been warned.

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Living without our mobile phones sounds ridiculous, but having a break from technology every now and then isn't just liberating, it's good for your health.

New research into the risks of using a phone, reveals there's a link between blue light emitted by our phone and increased hunger.

Uh-oh.

If your smartphone may as well be glued to your palm, here are 5 other health reasons why you should press the power button.

Using your phone at night can give you a 'technology hangover'


Cramming in work late at night can sap your energy levels the next day, according to a report from the US.

After 9pm, smartphone use can be directly linked to poor sleep, distractedness and fatigue.

Mobile phones are ruining your sex life


20% of adults admitted to using their smartphones during sex in a recent study - that's 20% of people who are more concerned about the screen that their partner.

Talk about a romance killer.

Your phone carries more germs than a loo seat


Scientists have discovered there are 10 times more bugs responsible for nausea and vomiting on your mobile phone than on your toilet seat. Gross, right?

A 24/7 phone habit could be making you stressed


Researchers in charge of a study into phone habits in Ohio discovered that people who routinely ignore calls, texts and emails on their phones are less stressed than those who rush to pick up. So, if you want to reduce your anxiety levels fast, just switch the darn thing off.

Reading documents on your phone can cause eye-strain


Focussing on a small phone screen for hours at a time can cause dry eyes, inflammation and infection.

There's also research to suggest that excessive phone use can cause an early on-set of sight problems and the need for glasses. 15 minutes per session is thought to be the max our eyes can take.

Will you be going in for a tech detox after reading this? Tweet us @handbagcom.

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