London: Smartphones make our lives easier and faster, but research has shown surprising results. Accordingly, the invention of the smartphone has made people feel more lazy. In some countries, laziness due to smartphones has increased so much that researchers have to warn against it.
Researchers have warned that laziness among UK residents due to smartphones is dangerously higher than any other major Western European country. The study was conducted between 2007 and 2017 and, interestingly, the first iPhone was launched in Europe itself in 2007. In those 10 years, UK adult sedentary behavior has increased by an alarming 22 percent.
This increase is due to lifestyle changes in adults between the ages of 35 and 44. At this age, people used to go around and take part in various activities, but later on, they spent their free time using smartphones. Across Europe, inertia has increased by around 8 percent. France grew by 17.8 percent, Germany by 7.4 percent, Spain by 3.9 percent and Italy by at least 0.2 percent. Adults in these countries spend 4 hours with their smartphones.
The increase in laziness is considered dangerous, as physical inactivity usually causes diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. It has also been learned that around 12 percent (70,000 deaths) in the UK are due to inactivity. The researchers have urged affected governments to ask citizens to engage in physical activities other than just the gym, given the serious situation.
Researchers believe the rise in laziness is due to advances in technology as things like streaming platforms keep people clinging to smartphones.
Professor Shian Mayo Mauriz, who conducted research at King Juan Carlos University in Spain, said: “The increase in physical inactivity can be attributed to technologies such as smartphones and streaming services as people use these technologies during their work and leisure.” Keep using our results suggest that in addition to promoting physical activity, governments should also focus on reducing people’s daily sitting time.
This research was published in the journal BCM Public Health.