When mobile devices were first introduced they were a rarity that only a few people owned. We now live in a world where 90% of adults and 60% of teens own a mobile device. Cellphones have revolutionized the way people communicate in so many ways. At one point in time phones were just for making calls but now people have texting, photo and video sharing and the internet all at their fingertips. Regardless of if you own an Android, iPhone or Blackberry the probability that you are or will become someone that checks their phone many times throughout the day even when there are no alerts or notifications is very high. The current convenience that mobile phones provide is measurable by the consistent increase of usage.
Cellphones can make life easier by staying connected anywhere you go and having constant access to a wealth of information with just a quick search. There is a downside to cellphone use that many people fail to recognize. Excessive use of your cellphone can have negative impacts on your health. Cellphones are constantly transmitting electromagnetic radiation waves even when the phone is not necessarily in use but is still on. They are considered low-range radio frequency transmitters however it is always advised to keep the phone at a distance when not in use. Many people keep their phones in pockets right close to their bodies which is not a good idea. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recommends to keep a phone a minimum of 0.2 meters away at all times to lower radiation exposure. Adults and children alike have high changes of suffering prolonged effects of electromagnetic radiation. What many people do not realize is that Wi-Fi signals given off by our devices interrupt normal brain waves and function reeking havoc on day to day activities and sleep!
People may experience both short term and long term effects from excessive cellphone use. Overtime the strain placed on your body can weaken your immune system and bones. Frequent cellphone use also increased your chances of experiencing chronic pain, eye problems and stress. People often don’t realize all these potential consequences to their excessive cellphone use until they have already taken effect.
Mobile devices are so widely used in so many different places and so often that they are a major breeding ground for germs. The germs found on many cellphones can actually cause more diseases than germs found on some toilet seats! The more regularly you are reaching for your phone the more oily and greasy and germy it becomes. Here’s a question for you.. when was the last time you actually wiped down your phone? If you can’t remember it’s been way too long.
Vision problems are a side effect that can really sneak up on you because you don’t even realize they are happening in the beginning. Eye problems are systematic, it develops gradually until it becomes dramatically worse. People are staring at screens increasingly more and more often. Some people have office jobs that require them to stare at computers all day long and then they go home and stare at cellphones, tablets, TVs and e readers in their spare time. It’s so very important to make sure your eyes are getting a break from looking at screens. Try your best to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes you should try to have at least 20 seconds of relief from your screen where you are observing something 20 feet away. Decreasing the brightness on your phone can also help a little.
Many people fail to notice that their cellphone use is not only directly impacting themselves but also those around them. There can be emotions and stress between relationships and friendships due to cellphone use. There’s so much focus on cellphones that people get so distracted and miss what is going on in the world around them or even right in front of them. People have become so attached to their phones they even use them while driving which can be so dangerous. It only takes one second for a person or animal to run into the road or a car to seemingly appear out of nowhere. When you are driving your vehicle you are responsible for your safety, those in the vehicle and people around you as well. Countless accidents are caused everyday all because someone felt the need to look at their phone while driving. Cellphone use is a habit and you can make a habit or break it. Develop a habit of staying off your phone anytime you are speaking face to face with someone or driving. Let your mind focus on what you are doing and try not to multitask when cellphones are involved.
Cellphones are very helpful and useful tools but they are also often overused for entertainment purposes. You don’t want to look back one day and feel like you missed out on so much and have impacted your health due to excessive phone use. Find a balance that allows you to enjoy your cellphone but also keep your health in check and take the time to enjoy time with the people you love and care about. Your health should always be a priority and prevention is better than having to seek treatment for problems in the future.