Gadget Sickness

Last week, Apple released an iOS 7 fix, addressing user complaints that the mobile operating system was making them queasy. It’s not the only tech-induced ailment; office drones and teen phone addicts alike are coming down with illnesses as trendy as the devices that inflict them. According to recent research, that hunchback you’re developing might really be your cell phone’s fault.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say smartphone and tablet use before bed messes with sleep cycles—bright lights too close to the face suppress melatonin release and keep the mind from entering the “default mode network,” the half-awake state that precedes sleep. One poll found three-quarters of 18-to-44-year-olds sleep within reach of their phones.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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