Right now, we are living in a world that, just a few short generations ago, would’ve looked like an episode of the damned Jetsons . Cellphones, the Internet, and touchless hand dryers with motion sensors are all things that would’ve constructed our early ancestors green with wondrous jealousy. Our world begins to look a bit less rosy, however, when you realize that many of our modern conveniences are actively stimulating our lives worse, to various degrees. For instance …
# 5. The Snooze Button Ruins Your Sleep Cycle
Much like a four-course dinner for a death row inmate, the snooze button teaches us how precious a few extra minutes can be when you’re about to do something you really don’t wishes to do. Unfortunately, if you’re a habitual user of your alarm’s catnap feature, it can start to seriously interfere with your sleep cycle worse than Freddy Krueger juggling a bunch of outboard motors.
The problem is that the process of waking a human body is more complex than you might suppose. Each cell in your body contains a protein called PERIOD( or PER ), which builds up and subsides once in every 24 -hour cycle. PER is a central component of your circadian rhythm, and if you go to sleep at roughly the same hour each day, your body learns when to max out this protein and activate your internal alarm. Those of you who regularly wake up a few seconds before your alarm clock goes off, congratulations! Your body is in perfect synchronization with your desired wake-up time.
Now why don’t you go do yoga and watch the sunup or some stupid
bullshit while we spend 20 minutes recollecting how our rain works ?
But if you don’t keep a regular sleep schedule( you know, the style most normal human beings don’t ), your body never learns the proper rhythm, and you wind up relying exclusively on your alarm clock to tear you from the sweet espouse of sleep. It’s a tremendously unpleasant style to wake up, which stimulates making the snooze button all the most attractive. Unfortunately, the feel-good wave that washes over you as you drift back to Neverland is not all it’s cracked up to be.
You see, waking up is a jarring process even when it doesn’t happen by way of industrial heavy metal calling from your iPhone. So your body eases you into wakefulness by reducing the amount of serotonin in your bloodstream and cranking out dopamine. When you make the snooze button , not only does your body not learn the correct pattern of waking, but it also flicks the dopamine and serotonin switches on and off repeatedly. By the time you drag yourself out of bed, your brain has essentially given you an erratic series of uppers and downers, effectively turning you into a comedian from the 1980 s. As a outcome, your brain is left slow and groggy, riding what is basically the comedown of a night of party drugs without ever having taken anything.
So we guess the takeaway is that if you already sleep poorly, you might as well start doing cocaine .
# 4. Automatic Hand Dryers Fling Bacteria All Over Your Body Like Germ Bazookas
For many years, we humen struggled with the duality of not wanting to needlessly chop down trees to stimulate newspaper towels and not wanting our hands to be coated in invisible snowflakes of wet human shit. Thus, the automatic hand dryer was born. On that glorious day in history, trees across the world exulted at their lessened chances of becoming pulp, as humen detected the futuristic elation of having their freshly-washed hands stimulated uncomfortably damp by a noisy machine before giving up and wiping them on their goddamn pants.
Research on whether we’re all going to go entirely goddamn deaf is pending .
And not only are they friendlier for the environment, but hand dryers are also more hygienic. After all, you barely have to touch an automatic hand dryer, whereas countless poop-stained thumbs have groped every inch of every paper towel dispenser in creation. So by using the hand dryer, you’re uncovering yourself to fewer germs … right?
Not actually. Analyses have found that opting for an air dryer instead of your granddaddy’s paper towels was in fact increase the number of germs on your hands by a staggering 255 percent. That’s because your average public restroom is the perfect environment for bacteria to get together and sing Boyz II Men to each other — it’s warm, it’s moist, and it’s stewing in a palpable sense of shame. Consequently, all manner of microbes are coating the air intake of the hand dryer and engaging in a ferocious reenactment of Eyes Wide Shut .
“There’s something very important we need to do as soon as possible.”
“Fuck over the next person who walkings in here.”
When you activate the hand dryer to heat the excess water off of your meaty palms, those germs are flung through hyperspace and sprayed all over your fingertips like a microscopic turd shotgun. Conversely, the old-fashioned paper towel method of drying your hands results in the bacteria being wiped off and thrown into the garbage, rather than catapulted all over the front of your body.
# 3. Common Pain Relievers Also Dull Your Emotions
If there were an award for Most Popped Pill, Tylenol would have a dusty china cabinet full of them. Its active ingredient( acetaminophen) is present in more drugs than you can count. It also has a record for causing acute liver failing that could stimulate Jagermeister hang its antlered head in shame. And if that wasn’t terrifying enough, it seems to be capable of transforming us into a race of unfeeling drones.
Back in 2009, Nathan DeWall from the University of Kentucky authored a study demonstrating that acetaminophen eased the ache of social rejection, which is yet one more thing that it does better than Jagermeister. And that builds sense in terms of physiology, since the same neurological switchboard initiates both the ache of a stubbed toe and the dishonor of posting your accidental butt selfie to Facebook.
“There. Happy Birthday, Grandm– Ahhhhh! Noooooooo! ”
A more recent study at Ohio State University strengthened the finding that Tylenol can alleviate psychological ache, with one big-ass caveat: It dulls your positive emotions, too. When two groups of students — one hopped up on acetaminophen, the other given fistfuls of placebos — were demonstrated images ranging from very pleasant( such as children playing with baskets of kittens) to very disturbing( such as children feeing baskets of kittens ), different groups taking Tylenol not only ranked the painful images to be less painful, but also reported feeling less elation from the happy ones. In other words, Tylenol gradually robs you of your ability to feel anything at all.
Imagine going from liking pictures of cats to behaving like one .
Bizarrely, this fogging of feelings seems to have a dulling impact on our sense of mortality as well. In a classic experiment, topics were split into two groups and asked to set the theoretical bail for a prostitute. Participants in the first group were asked to reflect on their own mortality first, while those in the second group received no priming. The mortality-minded folks defined a higher bail — the thought of their own impending deaths apparently induced them super judgmental.
Not counting those who wished they had expended more time with hookers .
When this study was recurred with acetaminophen administered to the death-minded group, everyone agreed upon a more reasonable bail for the hypothetical prostitute. It seems that minimizing the sting of their mortality nervousnes also lessened their need to impose their own moral faiths onto others. So look forward to a bunch of posts on your Facebook feed ranting about how Obama is turning us all into liberals by dumping Tylenol into the water supply.
# 2. Fancy Synthetic Workout Clothes Make You Reek
OK, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, and this time, you’re ultimately going to do what it takes to get in shape and lose those extra four or five years of holiday pounds. But you can’t just go to the gym and exercise in some buffoon T-shirt and a pair of basketball shorts. No, you need to run out and buy some specially-made high-performance fitness garb. According to the tag, the space-age textile offers unparalleled moisture-wicking abilities to keep your profusely sweaty ass fissure in a state of marginally reduced sweatiness. What the tag leaves out is that said textile will also have you smelling like a dead fish in a body stocking.
On the plus side, you’ll likely merely wear it twice before you go back to watching Netflix on the weekend anyway .
In a study published in the publication Applied and Environmental Microbiology, researchers had a mixed group of male and female volunteers work up a sweat on stationary bikes while wearing a variety of cloths, from cotton to synthetics. Then they stuffed the still-dripping clothes into baggies and let them brew in their own nastiness for a full 24 hours, before having a “trained panel” sniff them and rate their stench levels. We imagine this is the absolute lowest reverberate on the ladder of research assistants.
The fancy synthetic materials touted by brands like Under Armour absolutely trounced the simple cottons in terms of pure stankability. Upon closer inspection, researchers discovered that this was due to the fact that synthetic cloth( such as polyester) offer a perfectly aerated window box for odorous bacteria to grow in. Specifically, the fancy workout clothes were teeming with the bacteria micrococci, which feeds on the fatty acids in our sweat and violate them down into smaller, stinkier molecules.
Gym tours are less persuading to new sign-ups when all your members reek like the devil’s asshole .
Scientists are working on ways to combat this, including injecting polyester attire with antimicrobial agents like silver nanoparticles, but the EPA is concerned that such substances might have a negative effect on the environment, which is probably a good sign that you don’t want them scratching all up on your armpits while you’re trying to ride a stationary bike.
# 1. Cellphones Distract You To A Dangerous Degree … Even If You’re Not Using One
The fact that people are distracted by their cellphones comes as little astound. What might surprise you, however, is that your ability to interact with the world is diminished by your cellphone even when you’re not employing it. Your awareness can even be lowered by a cellphone that doesn’t belong to you, as long as it’s within your field of vision. This is because humans have evolved to become the most ridiculous things that have ever existed.
A recent analyse published in the periodical Social Psychology paired a bunch of undergrad psych students at random and tasked them with completing a variety of mathematical problems. In order to adequately fuck with the students, the prof performing the study strolled in and out of the room, “accidentally” leaving behind either a notebook or a phone. When the professor left his telephone, the students performed worse on the tests. That’s right: The mere presence of a cellphone confused them to the point of literally attaining them dumber. And this was no fluke — examines consistently demonstrate that having a cellphone in view or simply hearing someone else talk on one is capable of significantly lowering our cognitive capabilities.
Anyway, that’s why level 67 of Strawberry Shortcake’s Candy Garden is total bullshit .
According to University of Southern Maine professor Bill Thornton, this is all thanks to your brain being reminded of the vast web of social media connectedness that you are currently being maintained away from. Who has period for math problems when you could be checking Vin Diesel’s Twitter? And who can pay attention to driving a stupid automobile when you simply thought of a hilarious joke to text to your buddies Mike from Jamba Juice?
“Man, I can’t wait to share this article about distracted driving! ”
Surprisingly, hands-free technology, such as Bluetooth accessories or speakerphones, don’t do anything to help their user’s distractedness. Not merely are more car crashes attributed to hands-free phone use than texting, but studies demonstrated that voice-operated texting is at best no safer than typing, and at the worst even more confusing. Shouting commands into a tiny plastic device like a Starfleet officer wasn’t quite the romantic future we thought it would be.
Hey, who needs all this modern bullshit anyway? It’s brought us nothing but disappointment. Ensure what we entail in The 5 Most Ridiculously Unnecessary Modern Inventions and 4 Modern Luxuries That Should Be Way Less Expensive .
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