One effect of engaging with smartphones and digital devices that is only now getting attention is how it affects your posture and your brain. With more people suffering from neck and back pain, headaches, and more health issues, this change in our brains is being referred to as “digital dementia”.
With nearly 2 billion people engaging with their mobile devices, with some viewing their screens up to 150 times per day, the decline in posture combined with the new way to access information is creating digital dementia.
The learning centers of your brain are located in the frontal lobes. They are activated when you read, write, and concentrate, such as during times of study. However, the more time you spend scanning the small screens of smartphones and tablets, the less you use your frontal lobes in processing information. The overstimulation of technology combined with the effect on posture leads to a limitation of development for children who are overexposed to mobile devices.
As bad as this condition affects adults, it can have an even stronger effect on children whose brains are still developing. The signs that digital dementia are developing include the following;
In other words, when you see children and adults sit or stand in the same position they would when looking at their smartphones, it is a sign that their brain is changing. When the body begins to favor this flexor dominant posture, and we do not exercise our brain to offset this posture, we are not only changing our body but also our brain.
The effect of digital dementia compounds over time, which leads to complications that will affect children into adulthood.
Insomnia: The blue-white light from devices actually prevents people from getting the proper amount of sleep. Not enough sleep leads to depression, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes. Putting away the technology an hour before going to bed will help restore normal sleep cycles.
Obesity: The sedentary lifestyle that develops from sitting and reading texts and surfing the web leads to excess weight due to lack of muscle development. The larger and stronger the muscles, the more fat they burn to help keep your weight in check. Overuse of mobile devices leads to a lack of developed muscles.
Focus: The ability to multitask does not mean that you get more done, it only means that you delay the completion of a single task. Work efficiency decreases when you do several things at once and multitasking is encouraged by the current state of technology.
If you or someone you love is showing signs of digital dementia, the good news is that you can act today to reverse the symptoms. By reaching out to a Certified Postural Neurologist, you can learn methods to exercise the brain which will expedite your transition to proper methods of posture. By improving how your brain reacts, you can prevent neck and back pain, and enjoy your time surfing the web, reading texts, and engaging with your digital devices in the right way.