The Internet is an elaborate buffet of cat videos, bingeable TV, and enviable celebrity Instagrams. While it is addictive, it can cause you more harm than you can imagine. With the internet having evolved into a dependent part of modern life, we’ve witnessed a rise in the number of distinct disorders tied to our overuse of digital technology.
You thought the effects of phone addiction and excessive use of computers were only limited to damaged eyesight, bad posture and sleep deprivation, you might be living in the dark because cyber-related ailments are swiping up faster than your bumble matches.
Read on to find out if one of these tech disorders is ailing your life.
The prolonged neck and spinal pain sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices for long hours is called ‘text neck’. This hip new epidemic that is wrecking spines and adding weight to your shoulders has symptoms like knots, lingering pain, stiff neck, headaches and lack of mobility.
Text neck compresses and tightens the muscles, tendon, and ligament structures in front of the neck while lengthening the muscles, and ligament structures behind the neck. What you can do to prevent it is make sure you exercise right and practice good posture to prevent the aches associated with it.
You can consider getting a lumbar spinal belt to help you correct your posture and ease the pain.
Tinder Finger or Texting Thumb
A particularly serious condition of the carpal tunnel which can happen after a prolonged bout of swiping right when using the popular dating app, Tinder.
The most common gestures used in social media and dating apps are dragging, swiping, scrolling and tapping. However, our bodies weren’t equipped to be familiar with these. The term tinder finger has evolved from texting thumb that goes back several decades, when people excessively used their thumbs to operate gaming consoles like Nintendo or the famous BBM!
If you develop pain particularly in your thumb, it could be because of excessive use of your phone. So once in a while, consider giving your hand a rest. Put that phone down and allow your muscles to rest.
When you use your phone, does your pinky finger bear its weight for a better grip? If you don’t give up on this habit it can join the long list of hand, wrist, and neck problems that experts say is probably connected to overusing mobile phones.
The issues, dislocation and paint that could result from using your smallest finger as a phone stand is called having a ‘smartphone pinky’
Phantom Ringing Syndrome
When your brain tricks you into thinking your phone is ringing in your pocket, you could be having phantom ringing syndrome.
There have been times when you might’ve thought that your phone was buzzing in your pocket, but when you reached for it, you found it wasn’t; No calls, no notifications. Weirder, it can also happen that the phone wasn’t even in the pocket. It might seem delusional, but this is caused by misplaced response mechanisms in our brains.
Your phone is on charging in the next room, and you are sitting idle and feeling disconnected; has this ever happened? Do you feel anxious when your battery dies and there’s no electrical outlet in sight? This is called nomophobia.
The term is an abbreviation of “no-mobile phobia” which refers to the anxiety that arises from not having access to one’s phone.
For certain people who are too addicted to their phones, a very neural pathway forms between that feeling of techno deprivation and a full-on anxiety attack, causing one to feel anxious.
Internet Addiction Disorder
Do you lose track of time while playing video games? Do you shop online compulsively? Can’t physically stop watching reels? Is this interfering with your work and relationships? If the answer to all of that is a yes, you might be suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder, aka Compulsive Internet Use (CIU), Problematic Internet Use (PIU), or iDisorder.
If the situation sounds fairly familiar to you, you must consider doing more tangible things like journaling your thoughts or reading a book.
The tendency to search your symptoms online and believe you have diseases you read about.
The human body constantly greets us with mysterious discomforts that turn out to be absolutely nothing. Have a headache? It’s probably nothing. But then again, the internet said that headaches are one of the symptoms of a brain tumor! There’s a chance your days are limited! The overdose of medical information can lead to the worst possible conclusions in the head of a cyberchondriac.
The Internet can make existing feelings of hypochondria even worse and in some cases cause more anxiety. Cyberchondria is just plain old hypochondria but with a broadband connection.
Hope our guide to the trending cyber ailments is just the wake up call you needed in 2022 to stow away your phone.
If you can identify with any of these ailments, try altering your lifestyle and if the symptoms are pretty serious consult a doctor and get proper diagnosis done.