There is 8 billion population in the world, and over 6.5 billion
of people owns a smartphone. And shockingly, only 4.5 billion people have the
access to a working toilet. So, what makes this portable gadget so attractive
and how is it changing your body and brain? But first, I need a volunteer.
Who wants to be a volunteer?
Can you stand up and take out your phone?
Now imagine you are on a bus, with strangers surrounding you,
and you don’t want to talk to them. Then, you have your phone in your hand, and
start scrolling through social media. What would your posture be like in this
Can you maintain like this and put down your phone?
This angle might not seem as unnatural to our generation, but it
is actually equivalent to the angle of an 8 years old child sitting on your
You can go back to your seat now.
I have done extensive research that proves Canadians spend
around 5 hours on their phone per day on average, 7 days a week, 30 days a
month, for years now. And our body is gradually changing to adapt our habits
every day. When the spine is adapted to our unhealthy posture of sitting, it
becomes a spinal malfunction called kyphosis, which can only be fixed by
physical treatment, very painful indeed. Therefore, we should adjust our
posture of sitting and put the phone up to a higher elevation, so our spinal
angle can be fixed gradually.
Well, since the distance between our phone screen and our eyes
are getting closer and closer, our eyes are adapting to us looking at near
objects, and this is myopia. As we learned in science, the light rays only
focus on the retina when the object is placed close to your eye, and the image
would be blurry if placed far away because It would focus in front of the
retina. In fact, Dr. Mike, the lead investigator and clinical scientist of the
Waterloo university says that: “Historically, myopia started at age 12 or 13,
but now it is showing up more often in kids of six or seven years old.” In the
1970s, only a quarter of North American population suffered nearsightedness,
and now the number has doubled. It’s even affecting nearly 80 to 90% of some
Asian country population.
But what makes it so hard to put down?
Take for example a racing game. when you break the old record,
and you are achieving goals and your brain releases a portion of dopamine.
Since you broke your record, the game would reward you with faster and better
cars, which cause your brain to release more dopamine. And this eventually
becomes the compulsion loop. And it is also the exact same loop that is causing
the addition of serious drugs. We are never truly alone on the internet, social
media, we never have the be bored under these constant feeds of information.
Therefore, Compulsion loops can also be found in apps on our phone. They are
designed to constantly provide new content, and making them especially hard to
The phone is changing your brain too.
There are two types of brain patterns: Alpha waves and gamma
Alpha waves often connect to relaxation and associated with
Gamma wave often connects to conscious attentiveness, like doing
math or physics.
In fact, experiments have shown that when a cell phone is
transmitting, like during a phone call, the power of alpha waves is
significantly boosted, means that phone transmission can literally change your
Since we use our phone so much, what does learning matter if all
of the information in the world is just a Google search away? if that’s the way
you are using your mind, just searching on the internet, finding information,
and forgetting them very quickly, you are not building knowledge. You are
simply thinking like a computer. Which means that the humanity is at stake, and
it would be a shame if everyone is assimilated. If you look at the great
monuments of culture, they come from people who are able to pay attention, who
control their mind. And that’s what makes our mind to think more critically,
and in a creative way.
So, overall. Phones are great in many ways, and extremely useful
when you need to check something online. But, many successful businessmen would
take a smartphone vacation in order to increase productivity. So guys, try to
take one day off from your phone and you will see the differences. Thanks for