1. It can keep you safe
First, some good news. Your phone can keep you safer.
A study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine that analysed emergency dispatches over an 11-year period revealed that 137 more lives were saved per 100,000 patients when people called emergency services from a mobile phone rather than from a landline.
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2. It messes with your sleep
But there are plenty of concerns too. Scanning your phone right before bed can disturb your slumber.
The short-wavelength, bright blue light your device emits boosts your attention during the day, but at night the light can inhibit the production of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep.
To avoid that, make a habit of not using your phone for at least 30 minutes before you close your eyes.
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3. It keeps you from focusing
When you are awake, a single buzz signalling a new notification on your phone can weaken your ability to focus on a task, researchers at Florida State University have found.
Switch your phone to “do not disturb” mode to remove the distraction.
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