Healthy Living in a Cyber World

picture of a no cell phone use sign

In a cyber technology age geared to addicting our brain cells to bits and bytes of information coming out of personal electronic devices (PEDs), the potential list of healthy living tips expands exponentially.

Whereas once the standard advice of an apple a day keeping the doctor away, reminded us of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, modern families now must confront the issue of PEDs at dinner tables as another factor inhibiting healthy eating.

Concerted efforts by organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have slowly (but still too slowly) lowered the number of alcohol impaired driving fatalities (AIDF) over time.

Confronted with PED related accident rates (often texting while driving) ranging from twenty five to thirty five percent of total accidents, states and local communities have initiated concerted efforts to keep the roads PED free. No doubt the benefits of such actions will be equally slow in coming.

Getting away from it all by taking a hike in the great outdoors use to be a prescription for clearing the mind and the body of the stresses associated with a sedentary working environment.

The combination of wireless technology, solar chargers and ear buds means that most average Americans can go almost anywhere accompanied by the PEDs, which in turn translates into the new, great outdoors excursions, potentially relieving the body of stress while keeping the mind cluttered with information.

Research continues to amass showing the link between some types of sleeping disorders and the use of electronic devices.

The majority of the cell phone toting population keeps their eyes peeled for the latest research linking cell phone use with brain tumors.

Typically the phrase healthy living refers to lifestyle choices available that promote both short term and long term psychological and physical health.

Public safety concerns require the increased used of fines to keep the public safe from other who insist on using electronic devices while driving. Common sense requires the general population to begin learning lifestyle choices such as occasionally unplugging, in order to promote their own physical and mental health.

© 2011. Patricia A. Michaels