I never noticed how much I use my phone until I didn’t have it anymore. A recent trip overseas left me phone-less for a good 10 days. At first, I was in a panic. What do I do in an emergency? What if I get lost? How will I know what to wear if I can’t check the weather? Some of these are trivial (not the weather comment…that is crucial to life), but some are real concerns. Of course, I made it through without a hitch, and surprisingly I didn’t miss my cell phone that much at all.
As it turns out, going sans cell might not be a bad thing after all. Some would even argue that your cell phone does more harm than good. Now before you hurtle your smart phone at me and call me a caveman, let me give you a few reasons why it might be worth putting down that phone.
Pain in the neck: The constant posture of looking down at your phone can lead to a condition called “text neck”. It’s true! Our Dallas Medical Supply Delivery folks couldn’t make this stuff up! This is especially true when you’re standing. The pressure your heavy head puts on your spine when it’s in a downward facing position can actually lead to premature back problems that may require surgery to repair. Talk about a pain in the neck!
It’s making you sick: Think about it. You carry that phone with you everywhere. It gets placed on the floor, tables, and counters. You touch it hundreds of times a day after touching other germy surfaces. We hope you wash your hands frequently, but what about your phone? A recent study by the Wall Street Journal found that out of eight random phones tested all of them carried high levels of contamination containing fecal matter. That makes your phone dirtier than a toilet seat. Still not convinced to put down the phone? The Dallas Specimen Delivery experts have a few more.
La la land: It’s no question that cell phones have an affect on relationships. Just as my husband on the third or fourth time I request that he put the kids to bed while he surfs the internet on his smart phone. He’s not the only one, though. Seventy percent of couples state that phones interrupt their interactions between partners. Our cell phones require us to pay less attention to others, and reduce our communication to around 120 characters or less. Some experts even believe cell phones reduce our ability to be social beings.
Driving distraction: While you won't catch our Lab Delivery Dallas drivers texting and driving, nearly half of all commuters admit to this risky behavior. And those are only the folks who admit it! I’m sure there are a few out there who wanted to save face. The truth is, texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Talking on the phone and driving is also distracting, and can lead to equally as deadly results. If our Healthcare Delivery Dallas can’t persuade you to put down the phone all together, at least put it down while you’re behind the wheel.
Perhaps this New Year you might consider dropping the phone and joining the real world for a while. The Dallas Medical Supply Delivery team knows you can’t be disconnected for good, but pick a few hours of each day to turn off your smart phone and tune in to your friends and family. Start by making the dinner table a cell-free zone and move on from there. You’ll be surprised at how little you miss it.