Technology has permeated every aspect of our lives. Think about it – we wake up to alarm clocks set on our iPhones. We make coffee with the coffee machine. We drive to work, checking on live traffic updates on the go. Then for work, our eyes are glued to screens – be it laptops, phones or other displays. Whether you feel it or not, it is true – tech devices are making us age faster. Here are some ways technology is aging us, without us even knowing. 1. Phacne shutterstock_425941723 We are more prone to acne breakouts when using our phones to answer calls. This condition is aptly named “Phacne”. This happens when you press your phone too close to the cheek, transporting germs from your screen onto your cheek, stimulating acne breakouts that can severely damage your skin. This skin damage is hard to reverse if no preventive measures are taken, giving the impression of looking older than your age. 2. Sleep Deprivation shutterstock_316058441 Another way we are aging is losing sleep over tech devices. After all, we have to admit that most of us are guilty as charged when it comes to this. Remember those nights – texting on your phone in bed, binge watching several seasons of FRIENDS or Gossip Girl at one go instead of getting your beauty sleep? Yes – you age faster when you don’t get enough sleep. When your body is deprived of sleep, it works doubly hard in the day to keep you awake and to carry out its bodily functions. The clearest sign of this habit taking a toll on your body are those dark rings under your eyes and the formation of fine lines around the eye area that leads to noticeable wrinkles. 3. Less Blinking shutterstock_298392923 When we are staring at our screens, we do not blink as much. Test it out yourself and you know it is true. This is because when we concentrate, we forget to carry out simple bodily functions such as blinking. This tires our eyes and may cause complications such as dry eyes or even interference with our sleep. Therefore, not getting enough rest causes distress to the body and ages our bodies far quicker. 4. Tech Neck shutterstock_272941658 When we are working on our laptops or looking down at our phones, we build enormous stress on our necks. This builds up after prolonged hours of craning our neck down, causing neck pains. This is aptly named a “tech neck”. Neck sores causes a variety of problems, most significantly posture problems. It has been linked to wrinkles and sagging skin to start with. Additionally, hunching puts stress on the lower back, causing muscular and spinal problems. 5. Squinting shutterstock_421237123 As technology tries to make everything more portable than ever, we get slimmer devices, lighter gadgets and of course, smaller screens. However, as long as there is a display gadget in hand, we tend to squint more. This has an adverse effect on our bodies. As we squint to read the texts on our screens, we develop crow feet at the corner of our eyes – a clear indicator of aging. Getting help to delay aging Healthy aging is no longer something unachievable. While we cannot stop using technology all together, we can prevent the stress and the signs of aging it piles on us. At Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre, our panel of expert doctors and staff are ready to help you achieve your youthful self again via our healthy aging procedures using the most advanced and safest techniques technology can offer. Feel free to contact us for a consultation. We are ready to answer any of your enquiries or clarify any doubts. Make an appointment today!