The Health Dangers of Having Digital Devices in Your Bedroom
Usually, when people think of health dangers, they often have a very short timeline. They think about dangers that effectively impact their health negatively. According to this thinking, if you are going to look for health dangers, you have to be able to see the obvious risk.
Well, there is such a thing as long term health dangers. If you engage in a certain activity for a long enough period of time, you will start to feel and see the effects on your health. It may not be immediate, but it definitely does have a cumulative effect.
You have to look at the health issues posed by digital devices in your bedroom with this perspective. Please understand that the health dangers of having digital devices in your bedroom are neither immediate nor obvious.
Let’s put it this way. If you can see that there is a big knife on your bed, even though it’s not hanging over your head or poses and imminent threat to your health, you can put two and two together and know enough to put the knife away. That’s an obvious danger.
Similarly, if you can see like some sort of chemical spill on your bed, you know that that is an immediate, as well as an obvious danger.
Well, digital devices are neither. But they do have a long term effect. Here are just some of the negative long term issues that you may run into if you keep digital devices in your bed.
It breaks down your relationships
If you are in a relationship and you have all sorts of digital devices around your bed, it’s only a matter of time until you don’t give your significant other the time she or he deserves. How do you think people react? How do you think they will respond? How do you think they would feel about the situation?
If you are stumped for an answer, let’s put it this way. How would you feel if your significant other doesn’t say a word if you keep talking and asking her questions, but all you get are basically crickets? It doesn’t feel good, right?
It doesn’t feel like you matter in your relationship. It doesn’t feel like you’re getting the kind of respect and attention that you feel you deserve. Nobody should be put through that. You have to remember that relationships are two way streets.
You don’t go into a relationship because you’re just looking for something from someone. There has to be something in it for them. Otherwise, there’s really no point for them to get into a relationship with you because it’s all about the relationship ultimately.
In other words, when you get into a relationship, it’s the relationship that matters. There’s something about that partnership, if you will, between two strangers that gives value to both people. But on top of that, there’s a lot more value to the relationship itself than the value being taken by both people.
In other words, it’s worth more than the sum of its parts. It is no surprise that people who go through enough relationships become mature sooner or later and they become very loving, open, compassionate, trusting and worthwhile mature people.
Often times, it takes a lot of pain to mature. Unfortunately, with digital devices in your bedroom grabbing your attention, those learning opportunities are simply not there. It’s like you’re caught in your own world while being physically present around somebody.
It’s like being lonely in a crowd. It’s really sad and it’s really the worst kind of insult you can make as far as your relationship goes. You’re basically telling the other person, “You don’t matter to me. You’re not as important to me. You’re not my top priority. I’d rather be somewhere else. I’d rather do something else.”
Now, it’s very easy to process this and live with this if the only person being asked is you. You’re the one using the digital devices. You’re the one checking things out on the internet. But if you’re on the receiving end of this, it feels really cold.
It’s as if the relationship has run out of steam and you feel distant. It’s only a matter of time until your addiction to digital devices pushes your partner out. Now, you may be thinking, “Well, what if both of us are addicted to digital devices?”
Well, that’s not an excuse! You’re basically going through the motions as far as your relationship is concerned. Just because both of you are addicted to digital devices doesn’t necessarily mean that both of you are off the hook.
You’re actually just adding gasoline to the fire and it shouldn’t be a surprise to either of you if you wake up one day to discover that your relationship is just an empty hull. That’s right. You find out in the worst way possible that your relationship is essentially just an arrangement. There’s really nothing there. There’s no bond, there’s no intimacy, much less love. It’s your choice.
Being addicted to digital devices in the bedroom puts your physical health at risk
If you’re playing video games in your bedroom, there’s a high chance that you are living a very sedentary life. It may not start out that way. But if you play one game after another that requires a tremendous amount of time, it doesn’t take long for you to be truly addicted. What could go wrong?
Well, there are many games out there that are called open world games. These games are highly immersive and it’s as if you are exploring a completely different world. Unfortunately, a lot of people play these games with the worst intention in mind.
They’re basically playing these games as an excuse to escape from their everyday life. Maybe they’re not making it in their everyday life. Maybe they’re not getting the kind of fulfillment they would wish from the things they normally do on a day to day basis. Maybe they’re frustrated with certain areas of their life.
Whatever the reasons may be, they play these games as an escape. Somehow, someway, they feel that they are somebody in the game. They feel that they are making things happen instead of things happening to them. It gives them a tremendous sense of power. It gives them a tremendous sense of autonomy.
In other words, they’re getting something from the game that they can not somehow, someway, get from other areas of their life. So they spend more and more time in the game and this takes up more and more time.
If you’ve ever played games like Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption and others, you would know exactly what I’m talking about. You may be under the initial idea that you’re just going to play it for an hour. Then all of a sudden you wake up, it turns out you’ve been playing for 48 hours.
It happens quite frequently. When you do this, your body becomes softer and weaker and usually, when people binge on video games, they eat a lot of fatty foods and carb rich foods and they get fatter and fatter. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you the long term health effects of a bad diet.
It can lead to obesity. Certain types of cancer and heart attacks. Also, it robs you of the overall enjoyment of your life.
Keep the ideas above in mind if you have a lot of digital devices in your bedroom. It may be a good idea to make your bedroom and off limits area as far as digital devices are concerned. If you’re not going to do it for yourself, do it for your significant other or do it for your family.