How Modern Lifestyle Affects Our Physical and Mental Health - The Scientific World

A variety of lifestyle or health-related habits can have a major
impact on a person’s mental and physical health. 

A modern lifestyle may
increase the risk of some psychological and physiological health problems. 

In recent decades, lifestyle as a crucial factor of health has become a
very interesting topic among the researchers because 60 percent of related
factors to quality of life and individual health are correlated to the human

Millions of people in the world follow an unhealthy lifestyle;
therefore, they have to face illness, disability, and even death. 

Many critical
issues like joint and skeletal problems, metabolic diseases, overweight,
cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, violence and so on, may be caused by an
unhealthy lifestyle. 

The connection between lifestyle and health ought to be
extremely considered.

wide changes have occurred within the lifetime of all individuals.
 Unhealthy diet, malnutrition, alcohol consuming, smoking, drug abuse,
stress, anxiety and so on, are the demonstrations of an unhealthy lifestyle
that they are used as an effective form of lifestyle. 

Apart from this, citizens
have to face new challenges in their lives. For example, rising new
technologies within the Internet and virtual communication networks, take our
world to major challenges which lead people to physical and mental health
problems. The challenge is the misuse and excessive use of technology.

according to the current studies, it may be aforementioned that: lifestyle has
a considerable effect on human physical and mental health. 

There are completely
different types of these effects. In some ethnicities, consanguinity or
cognition is a major form of lifestyle that may cause genetic diseases. 

Improvement in this unhealthy lifestyle is a preventive factor to reduce the
rate of genetic disorders. 

In some countries, the misuse or overuse of medicine may be a major unhealthy
lifestyle. Whereas self-medication like antibiotics has a negative impact on
the immune system. 

If the person is affected by any type of infection, then
antibiotics won’t be effective in the treatment. 

Overall, 10 percent of
self-medicated people may experience serious complications such as drug
resistance. Occasionally drug allergy is so serious that it can cause death.

Many people strongly agree that separating or taking a digital detox
from time to time is very vital for psychological state or mental health, in
fact; only 28% of these people switch off from technology periodically. 

Interactions and conversations on social media networks can have a significant
impact on the well-being and satisfaction of the individual. 

Many studies have
shown that spending more time on social media is related to the increased risk
of loneliness, depression, and anxiety, which raises the question: Are the
miserable and unhappy people using social media, or does the use of social
media affects human happiness? 

The relationship contradiction finds that most people, on average,
are less popular on social media than their friends, which can lead to being
less joyous and less happy. 

As far as we know, it has never been antecedently
shown that the users of social media networks, in general, are less popular
than their friends but they are less happy. 

This study indicates that happiness
is linked to popularity, as well as that the majority of people on social media
networks are not as happy as their friends because of this relationship between
friendship and popularity.

Overall, the study report has shown that social media users may face
increased levels of social dissatisfaction and unhappiness or grief as a result
of comparing to popularity and happiness to that of their friends. 

The social
media users who are happy in their lives can think that their friends are more
popular and a bit happier than them – and the unhappy social media users are
likely to have unhappy friends who still seem more popular and happier than
they are in general.
Psychological state or mental health may also be affected by the
time spent on social media. 

The longer that adults from the age of 19 to 32 use
social media networks, it is more likely to become socially isolated. 

It can be
a great challenge to analyze such issues because psychological problems and
social isolation are at pandemic levels among young adults. 

Modern life goes to
divide us instead of bringing us together. While it seems that social networks
offer opportunities to fill social voids, however, many researchers say that it
cannot be the solution for which people were hoping in the beginning.
The study report shows that spending over time on social media is
related to depression among young adults. 

Compared to people who check their
emails and social media accounts less often, constant checkers were 2.8 times
more likely to develop depression, fatigue, and obesity.
People do not have to leave social media completely; just changing
their behavior on social networking sites and sometimes taking a break can help
lift their spirits. 

According to the study report ‘lurking’ on Facebook
can cause negative emotions and feelings. However, actively connecting with
close friends on the bright side, can actually increase the feeling of
well-being, whether in real life or on Facebook and other sites.

The emergence of the
‘constant checker’
Constantly checking electronic devices linked to higher stress
The technological advances and social media developments of the past decade have created the “constant checker.” 

A constant checker
could be a person who checks emails, texts, and social media accounts
constantly, almost obsessively. 

Being perpetually or endlessly connected during
this approach has been linked with higher stress levels. 

Moreover, 18% of
people have specified technology use as a prominent source of stress.

The stress level among the constant checkers is quite high among
those who are not often associated with technology and social media. 

example, 43% of the constant checkers are concerned about the impact of social
media on their physical and psychological state, compared with 26% of
non-constant checkers.
In addition, as a result of technology, a lot of constant checkers
than non-constant checkers feel that they are separated from their families,
even if they are in the same room, and over one-third of constant checkers say
that they’re unlikely to meet with friends and family members due to social
media engagement.
Video gaming and aggression
Video games for kids are other sources of engagement that have got
a bad reputation; some research report suggests a connection between video
games and violence. However, no such link has been noticed between movies and
video games, and aggression in real-life violence.
To dedicate the problem of reducing crime, there is a number of
resources or meditation in society. 

There is also a risk of identifying the
incorrect downside such as media violence might distract society from a lot of
pressing issues like poverty, impoverishment, education, professional
inequalities or vocational disparities and psychological state.
The analysis report shows that while four hours playing video
games can trigger symptoms of depression in teenagers, the continuous use of social
media and instant messaging can reduce these symptoms in some people. 

playing video games for four hours daily may be worrisome behavior, not
everybody who does it is at risk of developing symptoms of depression,
addiction or anxiety.
If the teenagers are sitting around playing games with their
friends or chatting frequently with their friends online, this might be part of
a general development pattern or traditional biological process. 

Despite the
potential risks to a psychological state, trends in the last decade show that
the use of technology and social media is increasing, therefore these issues
don’t seem to disappear as soon as possible, and there is no possibility of
changing habits.

How can Parents Manage and
Limit the Child’s Screen Time?

Parents often try to balance their child’s screen time, for this,
they may be suffering from many difficulties trying to limit family digital

The importance of parental technical surveillance has been
enhanced by evidence such as the connection between handheld screen time and
speech delay in young children, the collaboration between
Smartphone-screen and low sleep quality and the link between the mobile phone
and internet addiction and depression or anxiety among college-age students.
However, screen time for children is not bad at all. Evidence that
connects the relationship between screen time and well-being is also weak at
the highest level of attachment. 

Different types of screens are rapidly
embedded in daily life, whether they include education, socialization,
individual organization, and work. 

Setting a narrow border on-screen time might
not continue with the innumerable ways in which the screen has become a
necessary part of fashionable life. 

Medium screen usage has no effect on the
welfare of teenagers. Only a small collaboration between the level of excessive
screen time and level of teenage depression has a physical and mental impact.

Millions of people in the world have to face psychological
distress and may fail to obtain or get help from mental health services. 

Considering this inequality among the need and accessibility of services,
Smartphone applications might facilitate to supply cheap and fascinating
treatment ways.

Modern life can enhance the risk of some physical and mental
health issues, and it is very difficult to live with such psychological
conditions and any delay in treatment may increase the symptoms of diseases
but trying to balance online and real-world social relationships, thinking
positive, can help keep our mental health or psychological state in check. 
can also be cured with appropriate treatment.
regard to each factor, systematic planning at the micro and macro level can provide
a social and individual healthy lifestyle.

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Author: Mahtab Alam Quddusi

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