We live in a digital world. This reality comes with both benefits and potential drawbacks. On the one hand, we love our access to endless information and entertainment. On the other, we may worry that we’re spending too much time looking at a screen. We may feel guilty when we spend several hours surfing the web, or when we hit ‘watch next episode’ on Netflix for the fourth (or fifth) time in a row...
We also shame big technology users: People who play video games are depicted as zombies. We say, “Go outside! Get your eyes off your phone and do something active! Step away from the computer and improve your health!”
But do these two areas of our lives, health and tech, have to be mutually exclusive?
Say it with me: “NO!”
Internet and cell phone-based health programs give us a way to use tech as a tool to positively influence our health. So good news: This spring, you don’t need to reject the tech to improve your health. Here are four ways you can get healthy with the assistance of digital devices:
Certainly, moderation is key. Tech’s influence on our health can be good or bad; it’s all in the way we use it. If you find that screen time is cutting in to time you could otherwise be spending connecting with loved ones, getting needed sleep, or staying physically active, try to pursue balance. Embrace digital technologies as tools to enhance, not get in the way of, your health.
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Acknowledgments: Thank you to Hannah Madison for her contributions to this blog.
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