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The Smartphone Effect

Updated: Mar 12



In many ways, the old days were not as good as what we have today.   But because of smartphones, it’s the other way around.


Way back when, you’d get up, open the curtains and take a deep breath to greet the day.   Then you’d go out to get the newspaper and have breakfast.


Here is what happened this morning when I got up.  All on my smartphone.   I learned that Daylight Savings Time, which is going into effect today, results in a spike in stroke and heart attacks for the few days that follow.  A similar spike occurs when we go back to Standard Time, but it’s not as big a spike as what happens when we jump to Daylight Savings Time.

I learned that consuming ultra-processed foods such as commercial salad dressings that have food additives, chemicals in packaging and high temperature processing can lead to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.


And I learned that some 13 percent of cell phone injuries resulting in hospital emergency room visits were because of older adults walking while using a smartphone resulting in concussions, broken bones, cuts, bruises and sprains.   I’m now an older adult.


I opened the curtains and looked out the window.   Then I closed the curtains and went back to bed.


This article first appeared in Dan's Papers.

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