From ruining your eyes, causing spots and damaging your hearing, the dailymail.co.uk contacted several professionals to investigate the effects that our favourite gadgets have on our bodies.
Damage to eyesight
Dr. Allon Barsam, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital told the website that focusing on your phone screen for hours could lead near-sightedness in the future.
‘Presbyopia, or the inability to focus on close objects, usually develops in your mid-to-late-40s, which is why everyone after a certain age needs reading glasses,’ Barsam said.
‘People only notice this when they can’t read a newspaper, but we tend to hold phones far closer to our eyes than papers — around 10in away as opposed to 16in — so it’s becoming a problem sooner.’
The way you hold your phone could also change the definition of your jawline. ‘I’ve seen an increase in the number of women in their 30s concerned about weakness in the lower third of their face,’ cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Sam Bunting was quoted saying.
‘As we age, our skin’s elasticity decreases and it’s feasible that bending our neck forward for hours on end to look at smartphones and tablets may mean there is more of a downwards tug on the delicate skin.’
To avoid this, Bunting advised holding your phone or tablet straight out in front of you, rather than below chest level.
According to a recent study, our cellphones have more germs on them than the flush handle in a men’s toilet. The constant pressure and contact of the cell phone along with the bacteria found on the surface of phones can aggravate the skin, and add to acne breakouts.
So be sure to keep your phone a good wipe, now and again.
Damaging your hearing
‘Playing music through headphones too loud can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which can make it difficult to hear speech, especially when there’s background noise,’ Dolores Madden from Hidden Hearing commented.
Solution: Always keep sound levels as low as you can and don’t listen for too long.
If you’re worried about you or your hearing contact your local Hidden Hearing branch. Hidden Hearing offers free hearing tests at its 60 branches nationwide. To book a test Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit http://www.hiddenhearing.ie.