Simple examples of the positive effect of a smartphone on the human body. Mobile medical services are a new area of scientific activity, but the foundations of this direction have been formed over the past 3 and a half decades.
According to Market Research Engine research, by 2020 the mHealth market, the so-called "mobile health", will grow to $ 59 billion with a customer base of more than a billion people. Analyst reports show that in the next 4 years the market will expand by 33% and set many new trends and approaches to medical care.
According to the GSMA study The Mobile Economy, in 2020, 4.6 billion people on the planet will hold a personal smartphone in their hands. The proliferation of "smart" compact technology can become a real boon for countries with a low standard of living, where timely treatment is impossible due to the lack of material and human resources.
“In the near future, a smartphone may well turn into a mobile first-aid kit or a medical center. To become a personal psychologist, therapist, or even a surgeon, ” comments Serhiy Korogod, head of the Fly Ukraine product and service development department. These programs provide the ability to monitor your health status and track changes, assist in the transition to a healthy lifestyle, provide instant diagnostics, etc. Smartphones are already the first stage of a cyber-physical system with a person at the center of the control loop. "
In simple words, the best, as always, awaits us ahead, but even now our phone does more than we think.
Motor skills and muscle memory
According to American scientists, published in the journal Current Biology, the use of a touch screen affects the development of the region of the brain responsible for touch.
The simplest manipulations with your phone, like typing text, scrolling through news feeds on social networks or swiping, sliding to the right or left, activates the somatosensory cortex of the brain. Such daily “exercise” with a gadget is tantamount to, for example, playing the violin or working with tiny details. Fine motor skills, in turn, contributes to the development of such qualities as concentration, concentration, and also - is responsible for imaginative thinking and even for the correctness of speech.
Emotional background control
Being online all the time and absorbing an immense amount of information is sometimes very tedious. At the same time, it is this opportunity that has come into our lives with smartphones that stimulates our thinking and develops sensitivity. The ability to switch from one task to another and quickly navigate in different situations is one of the main requirements of emotional intelligence, which is appreciated more and more. True, many users complain about the opposite effect provoked by the constant waiting for a signal - the feeling of phantom vibrations, even when the handset is silent.
The ability to contact a person anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds no longer surprises anyone, but, nevertheless, has a beneficial effect on our well-being. Sudden anxiety about someone close to you can be easily eliminated by pressing a few buttons. Remote mobile therapy also works in the opposite direction - the blues, melancholy or sadness disappear, as soon as you hear the voice of someone close to you.
Logic and Imagination
One simple way to stimulate the different hemispheres of your brain that are responsible for logical or creative thinking is to change the "leading" hand. That is, if you are left-handed, try using your right hand, and vice versa, to perform the usual movements in controlling your gadget. Start with simple tasks like swiping or sliding from top to bottom of the screen, gradually moving on to typing text. Once you feel confident, change your hand again. Repeat this procedure.
Diagnostics and treatment discipline
Smartphones have long been used to diagnose certain diseases, and there are many applications for this. However, you can check your health without the help of special programs, using the standard functions of the phone: measure the pulse using a stopwatch, for example. And the reaction of the pupil to light and a photo with a flash at close range can reveal retinoblastoma - a malignant tumor of the retina of the eye.
An equally important detail is improving the accuracy of adherence to the doctor's instructions for taking medication by patients who are being treated at home. Intelligent drug management systems have been around for a long time.
These are just a few of the available and already proven capabilities of a smartphone, which may soon completely revolutionize our understanding of medicine.