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11. It hurts your eyes

11. It hurts your eyes
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Your phone can do a number on your eyes.

A study in the US found that about 60 percent of respondents experience digital 
eye strain symptoms such as dryness, irritation, blurred vision, eye fatigue and headaches.

Try blinking often, increasing font size and 
taking a break from screens every 20 minutes.

12. It can be a hazard when walking

12. It can be a hazard when walking
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We all know that walking around town with your face 
in your phone can be dangerous, and there are studies that underline the point.

City pedestrians using 
their phones looked left and right less often and were more likely 
to be hit by a vehicle, according 
to a review of studies on distracted 
walking in the Journal of Traffic 
and Transportation Engineering. 


In another small experiment, 
94 percent of pedestrians who were using mobile phones to talk and text didn’t see free cash hanging from 
a tree. (That’s right, they walked right by a bunch of dollar bills.)

13. It’s not easy to put down

13. It’s not easy to put down
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It would be easy to avoid 
all these maladies by simply 
putting down your phone. The problem: it isn’t so easy.

That twinge of phone separation anxiety is real. In fact, Rosen says, detaching from your phone can cause your brain to release the stress hormone cortisol.

Of course, there are many phone apps (with calming names, such as Forest and Mute) to help you control your phone addiction.

Or you can just let the battery run down and forget about it!

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