Aren’t iPhones incredible? Not only can you look at the Internet all day long, your iPhone is capable of so much more. For example, ‘Word Lens’ means you can point it over a foreign word and get it translated in real time… plus your iPhone could save your life one day.
Doctors are urging iPhone users to do this one small thing immediately for one simple reason – it could be a lifesaver.
What is it?
It’s basically the Emergency app – in the bottom left hand corner you can dial 999 but it lets you store all your Medical ID – like your blood type, any allergies you may have – and also a next of kin.
Doctors can access all this info even if your phone is locked.
Most people who end up in hospital with a locked phone and no info in their Medical ID – and having that info to hand could save precious minutes in an emergency.
It only takes two minutes – so update this info on your phone ASAP!
But before you go praising your iPhone and cuddling it into your chest, remember cell phones aren’t just lifesavers. They can have some negative effects too.
They make us more stressed – which is ironic as they’re supposed to make things easier and make us feel more connected than ever.
But they make us feel like we can never “switch off” and unwind – so try and have a digital detox once in a while and you’ll realise how much you were missing out on.
Mobile phones can also cause chronic neck and back pain.
Uh oh! It’s all that hunching over the phone, scrolling for hours on end, going from Instagram to Snapchat to checking your emails then back to Facebook. Remember to stretch once in a while.
People are also reporting increased migraines, headaches and blurry vision.
Like with your laptop of computer, you should try and look up every ten or fifteen minutes from the screen. This lets your eyes adjust. Being on your phone right before bed can also lead to sleeping problems – if you can try and put it down an hour before bed, that would be idea. If that’s just never going to happen, you can put it on “Night Mode” – it’s in Settings. You can even time it to go into Night Mode at night. It changes the colour of the screen and it will help your eyes and your sleep.
Apparently there is more bacteria on iPhones than toilets.
Gross! Considering we put it to our ear every day, give it a wipe with antibacterial spray every so often.
And mobile phones also cause car accidents.
Goes without saying that you shouldn’t use it when you’re driving.
Words Laura Hamilton
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