Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Turning Ugly? Perhaps It’s Because of Your Smartphone

I suppose in one way or another, we had our fair share of vain antics regarding the way we look. We wash our face, brush our teeth, and comb our hair for the least, although some take other extraordinary steps in taking care of themselves, sometimes even following arduous beautification rituals.

How important is your looks anyway? I’m pretty sure that no one wants to look unattractive; therefore, we make an effort to look good. However, in order to achieve that, promotion is not only the answer; things that can cause insults to our looks must be prevented as well. And one of the things that can take a toll on our looks is our mobile phone, be it the latest phone or just a cheap one. Don’t you believe me? Then, take a look at these.

1.       Dark, puffy eye circles

According to the study carried out by researchers from the U.S. and Sweden, the radiation emitted by a mobile device can cause headaches and interrupt sleep patterns. Corroboratively, another Swedish study found out that 3 in 4 young people feel the need to be available on their phone around the clock, which consequently leads to sleep deprivation, stress, and depression. Signs of this lack of a restful sleep initially manifest on one’s face.

2.       Morbid wrinkles

The font size of your handheld device sure is something to consider in maintaining your looks. If it’s small and hardly readable, you tend to squint your eyes that may cause wrinkles on your forehead and crow’s feet as time passes by. Squinting puts a strain on the muscles of your face that makes the skin form wrinkles. Perhaps the fix to this is to have some botox shots all over your face, or you can just make the font large enough to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

3.       Skin infections

Studies have found out that 16% of mobile phones are contaminated by harmful microorganisms from fecal material. And it was also shown that a mobile device carries 18 times more harmful bacteria than a public toilet handle. And there you are having your phone pressed against your face several times a day to talk to someone on the line. Just imagine what damage those pathogens can do to your face. Here’s the fix: regularly practice proper hand-washing after your restroom visits, and wipe your phone together with its mobile back case with an alcohol swab at least once a week.

4.       Red eyes

Doing your mobile phone businesses for quite a long time can cause your eyes not only to dry up but to be extremely red. Red eyes are a result of swollen or dilated blood vessels on the sclera that can be avoided by taking frequent breaks from your smartphone screen. As we get fixated with something, our blinking reflex reduces in frequency. So, to get it back to its natural rhythm, practice the 20/20/20 rule. Look 20 feet away, away from the screen of your mobile device, for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This will allow your blinking reflex to go back to its normal rate, while giving your eyes an opportunity to relax.

We can put the blame on our smartphones all we want, but nothing will happen unless we ourselves take action. It’s not that I’m discouraging you to use your trusty handheld device; what I’m pointing out here is that you have to limit your association to it. It’s up to you; it’s your face were talking about anyway.

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