The world isn’t even possible without mobile phones in the present. It is a fact that smartphones are among the most efficient tools available at the present. It can perform multiple tasks, from making calls, messaging photographs, emailing videos, browsing the web downloading social media, setting appointments, setting alarms… basically, the phone controls our lives. Therefore, it’s not surprising that we can spend many hours and hours working on it every day.
Here’s a look at the negative effects of cell phone use on our health, as well as related diseases of the new age and terms that are commonly utilized in the present.
Our heads weigh anywhere from 4 and 5 kilograms but when we turn them downwards around 15-60 degrees to check smartphones, the actual weight of our necks rises to around 12kg at 30 degrees and then increases to 27kg at 60 °!
With smartphones users spend an average of 4 hours per working with heads lowered down, which results to “700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stress seen on the cervical spine” imagine putting an additional weight of 15 to 20 kgs around your neck for up to 4-5 hours every day! !.
Text neck is a new age-related disease that results from this that causes head neck pain, neck pain, and even arm discomfort and Numbness.
Solution: Make use of mobile stands/holders to ensure that neck and head bending can be minimized or eliminated.
Perform stretching exercises by slowly moving the head back to the extent it will go, and holding it for five seconds before slowly returning to a straight position. It is recommended to do this every 20 minutes when using mobile phones from a position of the head down.
Impact on Arms and HAND
The cell phone elbow is an elbow that is painful and strains due to the continuous carrying and balancing of mobile phones.
Solutions: Sometimes using hands-free/ear-phones or speaker-phones could reduce the elbow strain.
A thumb that text is caused by constant swiping and typing on screens, which can make the thumb uncomfortable and stiff.
50% of us use one thumb most often the right or the thumb for writing, and 15% use both thumbs to text. 35% of people use their index finger to type and will therefore experience the same pain and stiffness in the index fingers.
This is due to the stiff or semi-bent posture the finger or thumb is in for a long time.
Solution: The thumb or finger should be stretched backward, hold for a few seconds, then let go after every couple of minutes of texting or swiping.
Sitting is now the new way to smoke! Gadgets like smartphones make sure that we’re between 30 and 40 percent more sedentary increasing our weight, stress, and the risk of heart and other diseases of the lifestyle. The wrong posture for long periods of time can result in tension and discomfort in the back, neck, and wrists, as well as knees, wrists, and feet.
Effects on sleep: 40% to 50% of people who use cell phones keep their phones close to their beds at night, and more than 90% of users frequently use their phones right before the time of bed. This may interfere with sleep as intense or direct exposure to artificial light between dusk and the time bed can hinder the release of the sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin. This enhances alertness and alters body rhythms to an earlier hour and makes it more difficult to sleep.
Chronic smartphone stress: This has become now recognized as a medical condition which is a constant state of alertness and agitation caused by little-noticed notifications, with feeling anxious in the event that messages or notifications from necessary people do not arrive!
Impacts on psychological health: The most under-appreciated but significant impact on mental well-being is rising separation from others and the growing social isolation. The more youthful are more vulnerable to the worry of being absorbed by the digital world, which can lead to depression and other mood disorders.
smartphone addiction: Surveys have proven that the majority of people spend over 5 hours per day using smartphones which is alarming and troubling. There is an increased chance of signs of addiction to smartphones observed in the general population of today, including irritability, restlessness anxiety, and the inability to concentrate without the phone in hand. The addiction to mobile phones may cause a recognized type of phobia known as nomophobia or the fear or anxiety that you don’t have a functional mobile phone (includes absence or inaccessibility of the phone or its connectivity).
Solutions: Let technology be part of your life, but not be your life ……..
Consider committing to a time without technology every day, and it will be the time to be spent with family, friends, or colleagues people who enjoy real-world activities with.
Do not spend long periods of time with your mobile. After about 30 minutes take a break or walk. Set aside at least 30 minutes of exercise time for walking and cycling, swimming, or running.
Do not eat meals that are dominated by technology, avoid using smartphones or tablets at meals and avoid rushing through meals only to get back in touch with your devices!
Do not use mobile phones at night. If you must use your phone change into Blue Light Filter mode in the display settings at the time of dusk. Your phone should not be the first thing you notice while you sleep, nor the first item you notice upon waking at dawn! Develop other good habits for bedtime such as reading or listening to music. Make sure you don’t keep your mobile charged close to your bed while you sleep. Make sure your phone is away from your bedside when you go to go to bed.
Don’t use your mobile phone to talk when it’s charged.
For children, limiting their daily use to under four hours is recommended. In addition, they should be encouraged to use their phones less frequently and spend more time playing outdoors.
There is currently no conclusive evidence nor conclusive evidence linking mobile phone use with cancer (particularly the brain) in humans. although animals (rat) studies have revealed that there is a link between risk and. Since these phones with radiation sources, studies are in progress to investigate the long-term consequences (>15 to 15 years) of radiation exposure. It is also being conducted to investigate the effects on memory function and cognition in the long-term usage of mobile phones.