SMARTPHONES AND OUR BODIES

Vybarr-Cregan-Reid

‘Our bodies are in shock, modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through the hole in the ice’. – Vybarr Cregan-Reid

With the advanced technologies that seem to touch every aspect of lives, we should be sincerely grateful for all the benefits that we reap: improved banking services, better learning techniques, improved housing and lifestyle, and much more. It would be strange to deny the fact that our lives have become far easier and pleasurable. We don’t have to do all this tedious weekend tidy-up, spending half our precious time sweating while polishing the floor. We don’t have to spend hours running on a treadmill, because we can lose weight way faster thanks to EMS training. Doesn’t it sound ideal?

A lot of people can relate to that for sure, but there’s only one question left: do we simply need to exist then? Were our bodies designed the way they are just to live for pleasure, avoiding manual work? Will our hands be no longer needed and should children stop learning to write by hand, because scrolling requires only one finger — a thumb?

The figures suggest that now people spend on average 9.3 hours sitting, which is more than we sleep every day. What’s more, it’s been proved that about 10% of colon cancer and 7% of type 2 diabetes are caused by lack of physical activity. Sedentary lifestyle has become pandemic today, escalating with a furious pace. 

However, it’s never too late to take action. Take your first step by listening to the insightful It’s Complicated episode featuring Vybarr Cregan-Reid, a professor of English and Environmental Humanities at the University of Kent, to find out:

— how our digital environment has dramatically changed our bodies;

— what further complications we all can develop if we do not review our sedentary behaviour; 

— what small changes we can incorporate to combat our sedentary lifestyle and prolong healthy habits. 

 Tune in right now if you want to keep being as fit as a fiddle for years.

Photo: Clara Molden, @vybarr