Nowadays mobile phones are becoming a daily need in our life. You cannot live for a single moment without a smartphone. Especially the teenagers are now getting addicted to mobile phones and there are so many side effects of it. Today in this blog we will discuss about what are the side effects of using a mobile phones, some harmful effects on your body and symptoms of getting addicted to cell phone.
Mobile phone is a handy tool for students. It is important in the human life. It eases communication with colleagues, friends, and relatives. But every technology that provides benefits also provide negative things. The impact of mobile phones on youth and society is immense. It is this area that requires attention when you are giving your teen a cell phone.
What are the side effects using mobile phones
Nowadays childes spend all day talking or texting instead of doing productive things. Studies have proven that children who spend too much of their time with their cell phones are more prone to stress, anxiety, and depression. Research has also found that excessive use of smartphones may result in an increased risk of mental health problems.
Eye strain and Neck problems
Watching smartphone for many hours can causes severe eye problems. This is one of the main side effects of using mobile phones. Eyes begin to burn and itch. There will be Blurred vision and eye fatigue will be there. Digital Eye Strain can cause headaches also. Looking down to smartphone or tablet at a same posture for many hours can cause neck pain.
Increased illnesses due to germs
According to a report it is found that out of 6 smartphone in 1 smartphone germs are bacteria are present. E. coli bacteria, which can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhoea, is found on many phones. Phones have been found to be contaminated with MRSA which causes painful abscesses. It can cause life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs.
Preliminary studies have revealed that cell phone radiation may decrease sperm count, sperm motility and viability.
Nowadays most of the peoples are keeping their cell phones nearby while sleeping to respond to texts and calls and remain reachable around the clock. This may lead to sleep interruption and disruption. Using a cell phone after the lights out will increased tiredness. A reports says that college students who use cell phones after the onset of sleep are reported to be awake an extra 46 minutes per week.
Texting is instantly gratifying, but it also produces anxiety. The instant reply by a friend can bring joy and elation. But in case of delayed response or no response, this same pleasure can turn into disappointment.
The latest developments in cell phones have made it easy for teenagers to access any information. Most of the things projected on social media and the Internet may not be accurate, but teenagers who are naive (at their age) might take them seriously and get influenced. This might lead them to live in a fantasy world and develop false prestige. Some may also resort to crimes to fulfill their fantasies.
Constant usage of cell phones may also cause obesity in teenagers. Those who are spending more hours a day on cell phones are more likely to become obese. A study says that teens who spend more than five hours a day in front of screens are 43% more likely to get less sleep or exercise, resulting in obesity.
Increased use of cell phones is said to cause vision problems. As per a study conducted on 30 medical students, 83% of them were found to have cell phone vision syndrome. Excessive usage of cell phones surpasses their usefulness and creates new problems in teenagers.
Symptoms of getting addicted to mobile phones
There are so many reasons of getting addicted to mobile phones. This is not happening with the teenagers only adults are also getting addicted to it. So we will discuss some symptoms through which you can know that you are addicted to a smartphone.
Getting angry is small arguments
It is the most common symptom found in all category of people. When cell phone or network is unreachable. You will feel anger, tension, depression, irritability. You will feel restlessness. If you are mindlgessly checking your phone for a answer many times and nothing is coming then you will angry.
Excessive time loss
If you mindlessly passing time on a regular basis by staring at your smartphone even though there might be better or more productive things to do you are loosing your precious time which cannot comeback later. This will increase and it may cause some serious problems in the future.
Spending more time in phone then family
This is the major symptom you will see in many people. Texting, email, tweet, or surf the internet will pull your towards that will cause farness from your family members. You will spend more time in texting, tweeting, or emailing as opposed to talking to real-time people.
Excitement of getting messages
When your phone rings, beeps, buzzes, do you feel an intense urge to check for texts, tweets, or emails, updates, etc. you will viewing and answering texts, tweets, and emails at all hours of the day and night, even when it means interrupting other things.
Forgetting sleep and hunger
When you eat meals, you always keep your phone with it when there will be notification it will distract you from eating which is very bad. This causes indigestion of not eating at the correct time. At the time of sleeping if you are keeping your smartphone under the pillow or next to your bed regularly then it will distract you from sleeping.
Getting uncomfortable when you are not having the phone
When you accidentally leave your smartphone in the car or at home, or you have no service, or it is broken. This is the symptoms of using phone severely. This is will distract you from doing works and nothing will go right.
Some points on safe usage smartphone For Teenagers
Cell phones are not going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. So, you need to teach your teens about mobile phone safety and how to use it responsibly. They also need to have agreed boundaries for mobile phone usage. Here are some ways to avoid the adverse effects of cellphones on teenagers:
- Negotiating with the children as compared to the amount of time and money you spent on buying cell phones for them.
- Ask them to turn off their cell phone before going to sleep, while eating.
- Teach your teen that short to moderate conversations on cell phones might help in decreasing the ill effects to some extent. Encourage them to limit conversations to not more than 20 minutes a day.
- Encourage installation of apps, which track daily phone use. This enables the user to keep a track of actual phone usage per day.
- Opt for a monthly plan that gives a structure for how many call minutes and text messages are available. If you are paying the bill, you can also have access to the mobile phone records, which will help you track how often your teen calls and sends messages and to which numbers.
- Ensure you set a good example by limiting your cell phone usage, as children tend to imitate or learn things more from parents.
- Making rule that the usage of cell phones is restricted at least one hour before sleep and while eating, studying.
- Ensure your children spend some time daily in physical activities such as running, playing, or walking. Encourage them to leave their cell phone behind while doing such activities.
It is great to be a part of the growing technological world, and everyone should enjoy its benefits, including teens, but in moderation. Do not let technology take away the happiness of playing outside and spending time with family. Cell phones can be quite useful when used in moderation but can also become a very bad habit in your life. It can be a addiction which will difficult for you to avoid. So doing all things in a limit is good. Make the technology your slave don’t became the slave of the technology.