shutterstock_272733623Smartphones and tablets may do more than keep us connected: these ubiquitous devices may also increase our exposure to ultraviolet radiation when used outdoors, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

After researchers at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque measured the sunlight reflected by several common smartphones and tablets, they determined that this reflected light could increase the user’s total UV exposure “and thus the risk of negative long-term consequences on skin health.”

Individuals who plan to use smart devices outdoors should be aware of the impact of indirect UV dosage, the study authors conclude. “In addition, this information could encourage the integration of UV meters and/or dosage monitors into personal electronics, and the application of UV-absorbing technology to electronic screen protectors to decrease overall UV radiation reflectance.”