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Staying Healthy: The Good and Bad of Technology

By Genevieve Cunningham

Technology is one of the best parts of our modern world. It has absolutely revolutionized our world -- medicine, manufacturing, record keeping, communication. There are big benefits to living in a technologically advanced world. But when it comes to health, technology seems to fall on both sides of the spectrum. In some ways, it's super beneficial. In other ways, it's damaging. The key is to learn of both and live in the middle. If you want to get the most of technology when it comes to your health, take a look at these important ideas.

The Good

  • Medical advancement - So many of our medical advancements would never have been possible without technology. From high-tech surgeries to imaging to laser treatments, technology has certainly played a huge part in our healing.

  • Communication - If you need a doctor, you can pick up the phone and call for an appointment. Or you can go online and request. Either of these options requires technology. Without technology, communicating with doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and others would be quite difficult.

  • Research - We have so much research available at the push of a button. This means that we can find information on our ailments, and it also means that doctors can search for more answers to illnesses. Without technology, our research would still be years behind where we are today.

The Bad

  • Inactivity - Technology absolutely has a way of keeping us inactive. TV, video games, laptops. We don't even have to move to be entertained. In this aspect, technology is truly bad for our overall health.

  • Wasted time and energy - How much time and energy do you waste on technology? If you're like most people, it's a lot. And the more time and energy we waste, the further behind our health -- both physical and mental -- falls behind.

  • Expansive knowledge - You'd think this would be a good thing, and sometimes it is. But with all of the accessible knowledge, we suddenly have too many options. We research a cough and convince ourselves that we have cancer. We look for a good diet plan and end up with 20 options and total confusion. Knowledge is good. Too much knowledge can be dangerous.

Technology is certainly a good thing. It has and will continue to change our lives moving into the future. The key is to take the good parts (like medicine and information) and leave the bad parts  (like laziness and wastefulness) far behind. If you use technology to your advantage instead of allowing it to use you, you can keep your health intact for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Gate, Calif.

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