This blog post was originally published September 28, 2017 and has since been updated.
Nowadays, it’s pretty hard to avoid technology. When not staring at a screen for work, you might be glued to a smartphone. There are new studies and reports pretty regularly about the dangers of too much tech. It makes sense that you may want to get away from the constant presence of technology once and awhile. Taking a total break is certainly a viable option, but you can also use your plethora of electronics to your benefit. Don’t make technology the enemy: read on to learn just a few ways to use it to your advantage, perhaps in ways you may not have previously thought.
It’s no secret that games, both 2D and VR, are becoming a source of entertainment with positive effects on mental and physical behavior. Conferences with new VR tracks, like Games for Change, evidently have enough material to host such an event. The consensus that playing too many video games is bad for childhood development could become an idea of the past if these games continue to be released and used properly. The future of both health and health education could be greatly influenced by the possibilities encompassed by virtual and augmented reality. Keep reading to see exactly how games can be used for good.
The push for physical activity is ubiquitous. From various headlines to TV ads to the fitness communities of every social media platform, we often see how-tos, tips and tricks, and more on how to become more physically fit, but not much on increasing mental acuity. As important as exercising your body is to your physical health, it can have a huge impact on your mind and your brain. Keeping your brain in shape is essential to combating the decline that can accompany aging. Fortunately, being mentally active may be easier than you think. Read more for how you can use exercise and more to your brain’s benefit.