House Calls

SPR 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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28 { spring 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s SMARTPHONES VS. TVS: WHERE ARE WE SPENDING OUR TIME? According to the 2017 Q1 Total Audience Report by Nielsen, young adults in the U.S. are spending more time on their smartphones (using the Internet and apps) than they are watching TV, while adults in all other age groups are tuning into the tube more often. Here, see the findings: Ages 18-24: 18 hours and 9 minutes weekly spent on smartphone; 14 hours and 31 minutes weekly watching TV Ages 25-34: 17 hours and 22 minutes weekly spent on smartphone; 21 hours and 13 minutes weekly watching TV Ages 35-49: 19 hours and 56 minutes weekly spent on smartphone; 30 hours and 34 minutes weekly watching TV Ages 50-64: 20 hours and 8 minutes weekly spent on smartphone; 43 hours and 29 minutes weekly watching TV Ages 65+: 4 hours and 33 minutes weekly spent on smartphone; 52 hours and 42 minutes weekly watching TV And who's consuming the most screen time? According to this survey, adults between the ages of 50 and 64, who clock a total of 63 hours and 37 minutes between their smartphones and televisions. Dr. Abdel-Samie. And heads may feel even groggier from lack of sleep, since the blue light emitted by screens causes a change in natural melatonin levels that interferes with our ability to catch ZZZs if we're exposed within 60 minutes of bedtime. And the trouble doesn't stop once we've dozed off: a January 2017 study published in the Journal of Youth Studies found that one in five young people regularly wake up in the middle of the night to send messages and/or check social media. POWER ON On the flip side, technology also has us more in sync with our health than ever before—from apps and gadgets that promote friendly exercise competitions or monitor blood pressure to programs that remind us to take medications or help count calories. They can also bring us closer to far-off loved ones through platforms like Skype, educate us on social causes, and draw together like-minded folks who may feel isolated from those immediately around them. "Scientists are even working on algorithms to

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