Getting in bed with Gadgets

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There’s no question that in recent years, regular smartphone, tablet,
and other gadget users have developed a strong bond with their
technology.

More and more people find themselves riddled with
separation anxiety if they leave their phone at home, or even if it’s in
a different room. For many gadget users, a popular time to get really
plugged in to technology is in the downtime right before bed—in fact,
more and more people will say that they can’t sleep without spending
time reading a tablet, browsing the web, or watching Netflix. But this
particular time for gadget addiction, right before going to sleep, can
be more harmful than helpful to good rest.

New studies show that not
only are most people sleeping with their smartphones in the bed with
them, they’re also struggling to sleep well, even if they don’t realize
it. Not only does the light from your gadgets suppress sleep-inducing
melatonin, there’s a good chance that you’ve been woken up by a call or
text message in the middle of the night recently. In fact, many people
say that if they happen to awake in the middle of the night, the natural
reaction is to reach for their phone. The psychology behind why we
feel so addicted to our gadgets is a field that is just now burgeoning,
and for the future health of technology users everywhere, it’s probably
worth looking into.

Thanks to OnlinePsychologyDegree.net for this graphic


Badgets in Bed Infographic

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