Watch out for the dangers of this popular smartphone habit

Watch out for the dangers of this popular smartphone habit

In today's fast-paced digital world, our smartphones are indispensable tools that keep us connected and organized. However, improper charging habits can lead to damaged devices or even pose safety risks.

Today, smartphones are no longer just simple tools for communication, but have become indispensable companions in almost every aspect of daily life. Whether it's staying in touch with loved ones, accessing a multitude of information online, or even making purchases, phones have become gateways to an always-connected world. Our phone usage has also spawned new daily habits in the home, such as compulsively checking notifications, endlessly browsing social media (doom-scrolling), or watching streaming videos for hours. At any time of the day and anywhere, checking this device has become a reflex, that is rewarded with a small dopamine hit. 

Today, a person who owns a smartphone cannot easily do without it. Recent studies have shown that very few users are able to live a day without their mobile phone. This growing dependency on technology raises questions about the impact it may have on mental well-being and social interactions.

Speaking of health issues, there is indeed one habit that millions of people should eliminate from their daily routine: plugging in their smartphone before going to sleep. Everyone has their routine before going to bed, but this time is often chosen to recharge both our batteries and those of our precious smartphone. However, American technology expert Scott Polderman recently highlighted the dangers of leaving a phone to charge overnight.


In a video on his TikTok account, Polderman warns users with an iPhone about cases of overheating, fire, or material damage. He echoes the recommendations of the tech giant: "avoid prolonged skin contact with the charging cable and connector when they are connected to a power source, as this could cause discomfort or injury. Avoid sleeping or sitting on the charging cable or connector." Several people have already reported these problems with their iPhone after plugging in the device where they were sleeping. Apple's official site advises its customers to exercise common sense. If you are one of those people who sleep with their phones at the edge of the pillow, it is better not to take risks and place your phone far from the bed.

To ensure safe phone charging, always use the manufacturer's charger or a certified replacement, avoid overcharging, and keep the device cool by charging it on a hard, flat surface. Regularly inspect charging cables for damage to prevent electrical hazards.