Making time to exercise is hard, especially in today’s fast paced world. It is so easy to accidentally spend that hour you had set aside for a workout scrolling through Twitter. You set your alarm early, but by the time you checked Facebook, Instagram, answered texts and emails, and checked your horoscope for the day, you’re practically late for work.
If you didn’t own an android phone with regular internet connection the chances of you being slimmer than you currently are is higher. So it’s safe to say you can blame your phone and internet for not being as skinny as you want.
It all comes down to distraction. You’re more likely to consume bigger portions and eat for longer periods of time when you’re preoccupied by television, music, cell phone, or a computer, according to a review of studies published in Trends in Food Science & Technology. Why go outside and play when you have a world of entertainment at your fingertips? A common teenage activity is simply perusing the social media platforms together on the couch. Friends can laugh at vines for hours, or go head to head in Clash of Clans. It’s not that it’s unsocial, this is actually a viable way of spending time with friends, but it’s certainly not active.
Also with today’s technology, first impressions can be edited. You don’t expect to meet someone walking down the streets or at a restaurant, you’ll meet them on your smartphone. You’ll look through Tinder, request them on Facebook, or scroll through their Instagram to get to know them. Gone is the pressure of perfect first impressions.
This is not to say the only reason to keep a healthy lifestyle only to meet people. But feeling good about yourself and your body makes it easier to be confident on the dating market. Now that we can control our appearance with a image filter, we are less motivated to keep ourselves feeling good in real life.