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2. Don’t look down! Have a digital detox A review of research on the potential dangers of excessive smartphone use concludes that there are certainly parallels with addiction and repetitive behaviour. Without a degree of self-discipline with regards to overuse of smartphones, there appears to be a number of long term health risks associated with the behaviour, including potentially low self-esteem; poor interpersonal communication skills and sleeplessness through constant connectivity. Whether we believe this to


be all true, it may be argued that phones are driving unhealthy and unhelpful behaviours in the world’s


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The average office worker receives around 120 emails a day and many of us would admit to checking emails in bed and repeated smartphone checking


growing 2.1 billion smartphone owners. Disrupted sleep patterns caused by constant cognitive arousal are costing businesses billions of dollars a year in lost productivity. Further research warns against


having any digital devices in the room where you sleep, as the white light the phone emits disrupts the natural sleep pattern of the body. It is important, therefore, to build resilience


by practising healthy digital habits by not checking the device straight before you go to bed and not taking it into your bedroom. Make social time a digital free zone and, when taking time out for yourself, leave the phone at home or turn it off. If you have to be contactable on holiday, get hold of an old-tech phone with text and calls only, and take up hobbies that don’t require looking at a digital device repeatedly. 


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