The Way of the Future: 4 Ways Technology Can Affect Your Health
February 25, 2020
As the years go on, technology continues to move forward and advance. It has had a substantial impact on the health field as a whole. These impacts are both positive and negative. On one hand, technology has allowed people to access a wealth of knowledge about their health. On the other hand, it has also given people a reason to stay inside staring at their screens instead of being active. Here are 4 ways technology can affect your health:
1. Decrease in Physical Activity
It’s true that spending time with technology can cause a decrease in physical activity. This is especially true with children. They want to spend time on their phones instead of going outside to get physical exercise. However, there have been new technological additions that have helped merge physical activity and technology. One way to use technology to get more exercise is by investing in a Fitbit or other activity tracker. This allows you to track your steps and gives you an incentive to spend more time exercising. Technology can cause a decrease in physical activity, but it doesn’t have to!
2. Easier to Manage Healthcare
According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 1 in 3 individuals tracked health care charges and costs with a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means in the past 12 months as of 2019. Technology makes it easier to manage your healthcare options. It has helped improve the way that people can take advantage of their benefits.
3. Psychological Issues
One of the negative impacts of technology is the psychological effects it can have on someone. These issues are usually caused by social media. With so many people posting about their lives, this can cause others to compare themselves to those on social media. It can cause depression and low self-esteem. However, if you find yourself experiencing these psychological issues, then you should seek help.
4. Improve Feeling of Connection With Others
With social media, there are both positive and negative effects. One positive effect is that it can help improve your feeling of connection with others. You can communicate with your family members that don’t live in the same place as you through technology. This can help you stay connected with people even if you don’t see them face-to-face.
How Technology Can Help Your Health
New technologies are being developed every day to help consumers and patients in their healthcare journey. Ascension Online Care enables you to receive care from anywhere, at any time, and is a covered benefit with your SmartHealth medical plan. You can video chat with an experienced doctor online using your smartphone, tablet or laptop to get access to online urgent care. To get started, download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play or go to ascension.org/onlinecare.
All of these are ways that technology can affect your health. It’s important to remember that technology can have a positive impact. You can use technology to benefit your health if you remember that it is just a tool and it shouldn’t consume all of your time.
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