The iPhone. It’s a modern day necessity and, for many of us, a serious addiction. Just look around you. The jogger overtaking you – listening to Spotify with his earbuds in and the world tuned out. The endless stream of commuters – sending off rapid-fire texts, listening to podcasts, and having no-holds-barred public spats with their partners – and then there are the ‘foodies’, who can’t eat so much as a sprig of parsley without uploading an ‘arty’ shot to Instagram.
The ugly truth about this nifty gadget is that it’s making you unhealthy and possibly haggard. But there are tweaks you can make right now to ensure your iPhone doesn’t make you old before your time – or at least before the iPhone 7 launches.
Be honest. You check your social media feeds and Tinder messages in bed, right? Well, stop it! Studies show the radiation and blue light emitting from your LED screen have severe impacts on the length and quality of your sleep. And poor sleep has been linked to all kinds of less-than-ideal things: stress, weight gain, depression and premature ageing, just for starters. Sexy.
Pro-tip: Avoid housing your devices (that goes for your iPad and laptop too!) in your bedroom. Invest in an old-school alarm clock to wind you up in the morning. Banishing technology from the boudoir can also work wonders for injecting romance back into the room, or at the very least, encouraging you to rely on a good old fashioned book to read before lights out.
Diamantini & Domeniconi Normal Alarm Clock, $174 – available at Amara Living.
Gingko Electronics Walnut Cube Click Clock, $66 – available at Wolf & Badger.
Lexon Titanium LED Clock Radio, $144 – available at Amara Living.
Nixon Re-Run, $169.95 – available at The Iconic.
Nixon Unit, $169.99 – available at Hunters & Gatherers.
Unless you go through baby wipes like Octomom, chances are your smartphone is a festering cesspit of grime and bacteria. Gross-out alert: one in six mobile phones have some faecal matter on them, and your constant techno-companion has around eighteen times more harmful bacteria than the door handle of a public bathroom. Eek!
Pro-tip: Wash your hands regularly and, for the love of God, do not use your phone in the bathroom! If it’s too difficult to part with during the course of the day, ensure you have an iPhone cover that can keep the nuts and bolts of the thing clean and when you’re not using it, keep it in it’s own chic slip. You should also regularly clean your device, but don’t use run-of-the-mill antibacterial wipes that could cause damage. Hunt down some phone-specific anti-bac wipes, and do the same for your face after a day of phone calls.
Toffee Slip For iPhone 5, $49 – available at David Jones.
Dick Smith DSE Anti-Static Wet Wipes, $14.98 – available at David Jones.
Dick Smith Casemate Iphone6 4.7 Karat Gold, $59.98 – available at David Jones.
Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes, $24 – available at David Jones.
MAC Wipes, $28 – available at David Jones.
Think about the hours you spend every day looking at your phone. It’s not exactly big is it? Unless you’ve got 20-20 vision, you’re probably getting a bit of a squint on. Simple maths says, ‘squint multiplied by 8 hours on your phone per day = a serious case of the angry Elevens’.
Pro-tip: Stick to big-people screens and font when you can, and make sure you pop on your specs before scrolling through your emails at all times.
MISS P Tortoiseshell Cat-Eyes, $180 – available at Sneaking Duck.
Celine CL 41349 Thin Mary Small N8O, $255.95 – available at Vision Direct.,
Wonkavators, $180 – available at Sneaking Duck.
Persol PO3054V 24, $149.95 – available at Vision Direct.
Wilson, $574.25 – available at Sunday Somewhere.
Do you hold your iPhone up at eye level? Didn’t think so. All that looking down at your hand or desk will give you a crook neck, and quite possibly a highly attractive hunchback.
Pro-tip: Look up now and then and see what’s around you. Smile at a stranger, or offer to carry an old lady’s bags. Just make sure you take a selfie for posterity.
Iphoria Fancy iPhone 5 Clutch Case, was $68.00 now $32.50 – available at ASOS.
KENZO Phone Bag, $192.28 – available at Shopbop.
Kate Spade New York Cedar Street iPhone 6 Wristlet, $137.34 – available at Shopbop.
Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ iPhone Case, $618.24 – available at Farfetch.
Anndra Neen ‘Circle’ iPhone Case, $656.88 – available at Farfetch.
By Pip Jarvis