Technology is a gift to mankind, but only when it is used wisely. Two research studies which came out this month give us the benefit of the doubt as to whether technology is really a boon or a bane. It is in our hands, to use it wisely and within limits.
Light emitting electronic devices
Scientists say that when you read light emitting eBooks, it can adversely affect your health, alertness and most importantly your sleep patterns. It was found that reading LE-eBooks affected melatonin secretion.
Now melatonin is a tiny gland situated in the center of the brain, and proper melatonin dosage is needed for healthy sleep. Wait! There is more to scare you to death. This is a worrying trend because children and adolescents are already experiencing significant sleep loss.
Sleep deprivation can affect the wellness of their overall health. Earlier studies have linked reduced melatonin secretion due to nocturnal light exposure to the increased risk of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Would not it be great if you read a good paper bound book enjoying a warm cup of milk before you drift into the world of dreams?
Smartphones can give you superpowers.
Your brain power is enhanced when you spend time interacting with smartphones via the touchscreen. Scientists wanted to link digital footprint to brain activity in the new study. And for this, they used electroencephalography (EEG) to record brain responses to mechanical touch on the thumb, index and middle fingertips of touchscreen phone users.
They were amazed to find that electrical activity in the brain of smartphone users was enhanced when all these fingertips were touched.
Though technology is useful, it is always highly beneficial to use it in moderation, so that we can reap maximum benefits out of it. And at the same time ensure that our health is not affected to enjoy all the fruits of our labor. How wise is that?