Sitting hunched over a laptop 12 to 14 hours per day, you can start to feel like your technology is slowly killing you. Well, the idea isn’t that farfetched. Technology is already taking its toll on teens, according to psychologist Larry Rosen, who, speaking at the American Psychological Association annual convention, noted that “teens whom use more technology (such as video games or the Internet) miss more school and tend to have more stomach aches, sleeping problems, anxiety and depression,” the Herndon Patch reported. 

“When it comes to mental health, teens and young adults who log onto Facebook all the time develop a narcissist personality,” the report added. “Additionally, the more time that people spent time on Facebook, the more likely they were to have antisocial personality disorder, paranoia and alcohol use.” 

None of these ailments are particularly conducive to long-term health. With that said, here are five of the most common ways that technology might be killing you. 

Sleep Deprivation

Mayo Clinic researchers stated that smartphone and tablet use before bed “messes with sleep cycles” and that “bright lights too close to the face suppress melatonin release and keep the mind from entering the ‘default mode network,’ the half-awake state that precedes sleep,” reports New York Magazine. What can sleep deprivation lead to? Heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, etc. 

Nomophobia

If you thought this was a made-up word that spawned directly from technology in the last few years, you’d be right. It’s an amalgam of “no-mobile-phone phobia,” and it means you can’t even take a trip to the john without consulting your phone. Now, imagine having this problem while trying to operate a motor vehicle. 

Scrotal Hyperthermia

You may not believe it, but NY Magazine cites research that shows placing your laptop directly on top of your lap — seriously, bad idea guys — will inflate the temperature of your “area.” This can halt sperm production dead in its tracks, which may not kill you directly, but it will kill off your future generations. The fact that it heats up your goods by six degrees in less than an hour — also doesn’t seem like a problem you’d want to have. 

Depression

British scientists, in recent comments to the New York Times, shared research that social networking may be causing an increase in anxiety and depression due to the reduction in real-world social interaction and the increase in isolation. Depression contributes heavily to suicide and anxiety can make you more prone to accidents or (potentially lethal) internal health risks. 

Colorectal Cancer

The longer you sit — as in working at a computer screen — the better your chances are for developing colorectal cancer. This, according to a recent study from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “Given the substantial increase in risk of colorectal adenoma recurrence we observed for men with the highest sedentary time, we believe it would be beneficial to see ‘reduce prolonged sitting time’ added to the list of public health recommendations currently in place for health promotion and disease prevention,” study researcher Christine L. Sardo Molmenti, Ph.D., M.P.H., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the university, said in a statement.

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