Cellular phones and handheld devices have increasingly become mainstream. This cannot be helped. All of the processes that fuel everyday life – communication, information, and entertainment, to name some – are all made available by these devices.
Despite being useful, the smartphone has more risks than we generally acknowledge. The widespread and long-term use of cellphones by people of all ages is raising certain concerns. Some of these are detailed below.
Like most telecommunications gadgets, smartphones produce certain amounts of electromagnetic radiation when functioning. Although the form of radiation is considered non-ionizing and is not as harmful as other forms, being frequently or continuously exposed to this can heat and damage tissues at the surface level.
Cell phone radiation protection does help decrease the effects, but habitually avoiding prolonged exposure is surely more effective. Younger children are more susceptible to the dangers of radiation, and one way to counter this is the use of cell phone radiation protection shields.
The high brightness levels of the screens of gadgets actually contribute to difficulty in sleeping. This is not limited to smartphones or cell phones, either. Computers and laptops are no exception. The amount of light that enters our eyes when we use these gadgets simulates the light of day, which our brain uses as a signal to keep us awake. Unfortunately, our brains cannot tell artificial light apart from natural daylight, causing us to stay up longer.
- Bad posture
Using gadgets promotes bad posture. The “text neck” is often used to clearly describe the posture where the neck stoops down and the shoulders lean forward, a pose most people adapt when looking down at their cellphone screen. This is a posture that is easy to get but hard to un-get, and can even cause back and neck pain when severe.
Smartphones allow us to connect to social media, which is not really always good. While it speeds up communication, which is beneficial for day-to-day transactions, the amount of information we receive on a daily basis may be far from healthy. The volume of information bombarding users of social media has been proven to cause anxiety and increased levels of stress.
Irresponsible driving is an issue that is oftentimes overlooked. Being highly dependent on gadgets is one thing, and when it causes distraction while driving or doing other things that require full attention, it’s a serious matter. In 2015, almost 1,500 people were victims of distracted driving.
Smartphones are now an integral part of our lives, but our dependency on them, or unhealthy addiction, should not be a reason for us to ignore these often-overlooked risks.
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