While advances in technology have made so many things in our lives so much easier, they also have presented some new physical problems for many people. So although you can use your tablet to do things like send emails, video chat with friends and family, play games, take photos, make purchases, listen to music, and just cruise the Internet, it’s important that you do these things with caution so that you don’t cause any unnecessary damage to your brain or body. To help you ensure that you’re taking care of yourself the way you should be regarding your use of technology, here are three ways that your tablet can be harmful to your health and what you can do to avoid those injuries or negative impacts.
Promote Bad Posture
Holding a tablet often doesn’t allow your body to rest in the most natural of positions. In fact, when you’re holding or using a tablet, many people find that their posture suffers. This can cause a lot of stress on the bones, joints, and muscles all throughout your body. To keep this from happening with your body, Neil Wagner, a contributor to The Atlantic, recommends that you try to use and position your tablet in a way that will allow your posture to be as neutral as possible. This means that you’ll likely have to prop or stand your tablet up so that you can look at it straight-on. If you’re having to hold your tablet and find yourself craning your neck, this could prove to be very harmful to your health over time.
Potential Exposure To Radiation
According to Catherine Roberts, a contributor to Consumer Reports, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about how radiation coming from things like cell phones, tablets, Bluetooth devices, and WiFi can affect your body. While the nonionizing radiation from cell phones and tablets doesn’t directly alter or break your DNA, it still could have an impact on living organisms. So to hedge your bets and keep your body as safe as you can, Roberts recommends that you try to keep your tablet away from your head and body as much as you can. If you do need to rest it on your body, try to do so for only a limited amount of time before you take a break from this.
Strain To Your Eyes
Staring at the screen of your tablet for an extended period of time can cause a lot of damage to your eyes. According to PreventBlindness.org, the blue light from screens can result in eyestrain and retina damage. To avoid this, you should try to reduce the amount of time you spend looking at screens and reduce the amount of light that’s coming into your eyes from the screens, either by wearing computer glasses or putting screens on your monitors.
To help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you avoid injury that could be caused by your tablet use.