Smart devices have become indispensable tools in our personal, educational and professional lives, and there is no denying the numerous advantages they provide in the form of improved efficiency, access to any information we desire within seconds, and an endless stream of entertainment options.
Digital screen-based activities affect every aspect of our lives, with half of all households around the world having a personal computer and up to 35% of people owning a smartphone. It has become obvious that many people, especially children and teenagers, spend increasingly long hours in front of screens, often at the expense of other activities including face-to-face social interaction and educational responsibilities.
As more people adopt a digital lifestyle at younger ages and continue to use their devices more often, there is growing interest by researchers, healthcare professionals and the general public regarding whether these long hours spent staring at screens contribute to poor health and, if so, how these negative health outcomes may be avoided.
On the other hand, more research and partnerships are also coming up with new ways to use technology itself to improve our quality of life and better manage our use of technology. We talk about how a mobile application might be the answer to help keep track and monitor children’s device usage, and how companies are partnering together to integrate their products and services for the health and well-being of people worldwide.
In this section, the Plano team explores new and innovative ways that technology has changed the way we live and improved our lives. From new diagnostic, prescriptive, and predictive technologies, to new developments in the field of research, science, and technology (including the metaverse, wearables, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality), we summarise and present our expert opinion on all these latest happenings. Read our articles to find out more.
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