Digital wellness

Digital health and wellness is the ability to use technology such as computers and mobile phones and not to use it too much to hurt your mind or body. For example, leaning over while sitting down or behaving unhealthy. Using technology could cause lifelong problems affecting your daily lives and ability to do things.

As technology evolves and our time is spent online more and more, society needs to learn to adapt and overcome the dangers of digital dependence. Many tech companies are committed to attract and engage users in their business. That means the design of irresistible online experiences, from addictive games to endless feeds on social media. And it’s no surprise these new habits cause users anxiety, depression and addiction.

Most tech companies have recently been under pressure to include new features of the “digital wellness” in their services. Now, iOS 12 has features that help users manage their phone usage. Android P now has app timers to cut off use past a certain time limit. The digital revolution in wellness has begun, and users must remain aware of their prolonged use of computers or mobile phones. Digital technologies in healthcare are constantly evolving and finding new applications, even as the industry is struggling with adoption and ‘digital transformation.’ New applications emerge each year, some of which are listed below:

  • Google- Google has launched a tool called digital wellbeing inside Android that allows you to track your usage across apps and even set limiters. It then released a series of experiments last year, like a paper phone with all the critical information from your smartphone, but none of the distractions.
  • Apple-In the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, i.e. iOS 12, which launches later this year, Apple has launched its own version of wellbeing. A new digital wellbeing ‘screentime’ feature designed to help users monitor and manage their screen time. Apple’s new digital wellbeing feature offers, when enabled,A number of summary usage statistics – ranging from the number of times you pick up your phone, the number of notifications you receive, and the amount of time you spend on apps and websites. And to manage your screen time, users can set their own time limits and phone usage schedules, app categories or individual apps.These screentime features can be managed from one device for multiple phones, if permissions are set.
  • PUBG-PUBG Mobile probably is India’s most popular smartphone game. But the battle game has been getting flak for having a negative impact on one’s health, according to the “State of Online Gaming” report by Limelight Network; Indian gamers are sacrificing for gaming on sleep, food and even social life.To overcome this problem, the creators launched their own screen-time version in which a warning will be issued after the user has used the app continuously for 2 hours, after which a short 30 minute break will be given if the time increases to 3 hours

Fitness bands or wearables have become an important part of digital healthcare; in recent years, they have become extremely popular. What started out as relatively simple appliances like Pedometers, heart monitors and calorie counters have evolved into all-in – one devices that can connect to the Internet or your smartphone for long-term fitness data tracking, as well as data sharing with other fitness fans.

Some main features of fitness bands are:

  • Step counter- Evolving from the old pedometers, activity trackers not only counts the steps you are taking, they also use accelerometers and altimeters to calculate the total distance you have traveled.
  • Heart monitor- Many devices have special senses, which can calculate the exact heart rates and tell them.
  • Calorie monitor and counter-  This feature can tell you how many calories you’ve burned while walking, working with the step counter. You can also track how many calories you have eaten all day.
  • Sleep monitor- Not only does this feature track how much sleep you get but it also tells you how relaxed your sleep is.
  • Connectivity- These devices can be connected to apps on your smartphone or the Internet to track your progress over the long term. You can also share data about your fitness online and interact with others.

 Few companies investing in wearable technology are:

  1. Fitbit
  2. Samsung
  3. Apple
  4. Garmin 
  5. Honor
  6. Xiaomi Mi.
  7. Amazfit
  8. Huawei 

Looking at the current scenarios in our world, I know we’re all in quarantine, spending our time mindlessly using our mobile phones, which can lead to serious health problems, so I’d like to call on all of you to reduce your time on mobile phones and instead invest that time in improving your hobbies or trying out new things.

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