Doctor’s warning to mobile phone users
Studies show 62% of people check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up
Constantly staring at bright phone screens and absorbing barrages of bad news on social media is causing people’s stress levels to spiral out of control, a doctor has claimed.
Dr Aditi Nerurkar said people are “killing their brains” with their mobile phone, as excessive use of such devices can contribute to increased stress, anxiety, and depression.
She said creating digital boundaries with our phones is “essential for our mental health and well-being”.
Appearing on a recent episode of Diary of a CEO, she told podcast host Steven Bartlett: “Get on your phone, make sure it’s on high brightness and scroll through every social media platform, every news platform, watch graphic content, videos of horrible things happening in the world at midnight. And keep doing that off and on until 4 or 5am.
Your cortisol spike usually happens around 6am. A cortisol spike is a natural thing that happens, it’s part of your circadian rhythm, it’s what prompts you to get up and out of bed.
And of course make sure that you are checking your phone right away, right when you get up out of bed and continue scrolling.”
- Avoid high brightness and late-night scrolling
Explaining how constant phone use can affect mental health, Dr Nerurkar explained “popcorn brain”, a biological phenomenon caused by overstimulation from spending too much time online.
She said: “When we were all cave people, there was a night watch person.
That person would sit by the fire while the tribe would sleep and that person would scan for danger to keep the tribe safe.
“In modern times, we have all become that night watch person and we scroll incessantly when we feel a sense of stress because it is our Primal urge.
It is the way our amygdala feels a sense of safety because we are scanning for danger.
But we are no longer in a tribe, we’re not cave people anymore.
The amygdala is a small, almond-shaped structure inside of your brain that forms the core of a neural system for processing fearful and threatening stimuli. When it comes to your survival, your amygdala is extremely important, WalesOnline reports.
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