5 REASONS WHY MOBILE PHONES ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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5 REASONS WHY MOBILE PHONES ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Post by Admin on Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:12 pm

Negatively Affects
Emotions The presence of a cell phone while
two or more people are talking
face-to-face can generate negative
feelings toward the person who
has his or her device visible. In two studies conducted at the University of Essex in the United
Kingdom, researchers studied the
effects of a mobile device during a
nose-to-nose conversation. In the
first study, 37 pairs of strangers
were asked to spend 10 minutes talking to each other about an
interesting event that happened in
their lives within the past month.
Half of the participants were
seated in a secluded area with a
mobile device present on a desk nearby whereas the other half
remained without a cellphone. The
results of the study showed that
those who had a mobile device
nearby were perceived less
positive by the stranger, compared to the other participants without a
cell phone present. In the second study, researchers
included 34 different pairs of
strangers who were asked to
discuss trivial topics while others
were asked to discuss significant
events that occurred in their life. Half of the participants chatted
with a mobile device while with the
stranger and the other half had a
notebook. The results of the study
showed that those who spoke
about significant events in their lives with a notebook present
experienced a feeling of closeness
and trust in the stranger, unlike
those with a cell phone. "These
results demonstrate that the
presence of mobile phones can interfere with human relationships,
an effect that is most clear when
individuals are discussing
personally meaningful topics," said
the researchers of the study. Increases Stress
Levels The high frequency of cell phone
use can have negative effects on
our stress levels. The constant
ringing, vibrating alerts, and
reminders can put a cell phone
user on edge. In a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,
researchers examined if there is a
direct link between the
psychosocial aspects of cell
phone use and mental health
symptoms in young adults. The participants of the study included
20 to 24 year olds who responded
to a questionnaire, in addition to a
one-year follow-up. Researchers
found high mobile phone use was
associated with stress and sleep disturbances for women, whereas
high mobile phone use was
associated with sleep disturbances
and symptoms of depression in
men. Overall, excessive cell phone
use can be a risk factor for mental health issues in young adults. Increases Risk Of
Illnesses In Your
Immune System The incessant touching of your
phone can harbor germs on your
handset. The greasy, oily residue
you may see on your cellphone
after a day's use can contain more
disease-prone germs than those found on a toilet seat. In a study conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine and Queen Mary,
University of London, researchers
sampled 390 cell phones and
hands to measure for levels of
bacteria. The results of the study showed that 92 percent of the cell
phones sampled had bacteria on
them — 82 percent of hands had
bacteria — and 16 percent of cell
phones and hands had E. Coli. Fecal matter can easily be
transferred by cell phones from
one person to another. Increases Risk Of
Chronic Pain Cell phones require constant use
of your hands, especially when
sending text messages and e-
mails. Responding to messages at
rapid speed can cause pain and
inflammation of your joints. Back pain is also common with
increased cell phone use,
especially if you hold the phone
between your neck and shoulders
as you multitask. "Long periods of
cell phone use cause you to arch your neck and hold your body in a
strange posture. This can lead to
back pain," says Healthcentral.com. Increases Risk Of Eye
Vision Problems Staring at your mobile device can
cause problems in your vision later
in life. Screens on mobile devices
tend to be smaller than computer
screens, which means you are
more likely to squint and strain your eyes while reading
messages. According to The Vision Council, more than 70 percent of Americans don't know
or are in denial that they are
susceptible to digital eye strain.
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