Smartphones Make Us Sick, No Matter How Many Health Apps We Download

While Our Favorite Handheld Companions Count Our Steps, They’re Also Triggering Obesity, Addiction, and Car Accidents

In this photo taken Wednesday, June, 29, 2010, a woman text messages while walking across the street in San Francisco. While using a cell phone while driving has triggered the most alarm bells and prompted laws in several states, experts say pedestrians are also suffering the consequences of mobile distraction tripping on curbs, walking into traffic, even stepping into manholes as they chat or type while walking. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Last November, a national survey by New York University’s Langone Medical Center found that 58 percent of adult respondents have downloaded health apps on their smartphones—and that almost half these people don’t use them anymore.

Smartphones have long been heralded as pocket-sized gateways to fitter, happier, and more productive versions of ourselves, but whether they’ve improved our health is debatable. When we actually take advantage of what they offer, smartphones can do amazing things: They count the number of stairs we’ve climbed, put boundless medical knowledge at out fingertips, even ward …

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