Wiring your future: How technology can impact long-term health

We live in a world that’s run by tech gadgets.

Whether it be a smartphone, a fitness tracker, or smart speakers, most people have grown increasingly dependent upon technology in everyday life. Electronics have virtually become a physical extension of the human body. 

While many of our devices promise health and lifestyle benefits, they can also have the opposite effect. Eye strain from too much screen time can cause fatigue, irritation and blurred vision. And doctors say a sedentary lifestyle, exacerbated by our reliance on electronics, can be harmful to long-term health, making you more susceptible to chronic diseases. 

On the other hand, smart technology, when used wisely, can help you hack the aging process and boost your well-being over time.

“You can use technology efficiently and smartly so that you age better,” said Nick Thompson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and a CBS News contributor. “If you’re measuring in the right things, in the right ways, you can be healthier. Technology, if used properly and in the right way, makes our lives way richer and way more interesting.” 

When it comes to finding a happy balance for using technology, moderation is key — you need to learn how to regain control of your devices and your time.  

“We don’t understand the power that technology can have over us,” Thompson said. “Technology is better at hijacking our instincts than we are at controlling that. So once you make the realization that every device you have in your life, and every tracker you have in your life, is trying to get your attention and trying to pull you in all the time — sometimes for good, sometimes for ill — I think you’re able to use everything in a much smarter and better way.” 

Technology can be of assistance if you’re in the market to shed a few pounds or simply adhere to a healthier diet, although it can’t do the hard part for you.

Research suggests that people who have more body fat, especially around the belly, may have a higher risk of dying earlier than others. Smart scales may be a helpful tool in fighting this problem. The devices sync to apps to track your weight and BMI (body mass index), a measure which is used to determine whether a person is a healthy weight, overweight or obese.   

Fitness apps and devices also promise to help you improve your health by monitoring your heart rate, counting your steps, recording your daily activity levels, keeping tabs on your diet and tracking the quality of sleep you get each night….

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