Let's face it, we spend way too much time on our phones.
It's not enough that we depend on these tiny electronic devices to tell us everything from where we're going and when we're doing it to how to get there, but phones have infiltrated our daily routines so much that we now can't function without them.
According to a Pew Research study, nearly two-thirds of Americans have a smartphone, and 44 percent of those users have a hard time doing some of the most basic tasks without their phone in hand.
While there are definitely perks to having a world of information in your pocket, there are also downsides. To start, injuries such as “text neck” and “texting thumb” have been coined by doctors who are witnessing more and more young people suffering the effects of too much phone usage. In fact, research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic shows that by looking down at your smartphone, you're putting about 60 pounds of pressure on your neck, which can lead to muscle pain and impair your lung capacity.
Smartphone usage can even have residual side effects if used within an hour of going to bed. Studies show that the use of blue light emitting electronics in the evening can throw off circadian rhythms and suppress the level of sleep-inducing hormones in the body, causing people to have a harder time falling asleep and delaying REM sleep.
Moral of the story is this: You're better off putting down the phone every once in awhile. And if you need more convincing as to why it's healthier to disconnect, check out the video up top.