Excessive Use of Smart Phones is Dangerous. Here’s Why

Excessive Use of Smart Phones is Dangerous. Here’s Why
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Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit

While smart phones have enhanced our lives, excessive usage is dangerous. Often, the excessive use is symptomatic of other underlying problems in that person’s life. Dr. Martin Blank, from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, has warned that “ Putting smartphones bluntly are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely… We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation.
Smart phones are enormously useful, but sometimes their allure can prove too strong. We feel compelled to respond to them, even if it means ignoring the people we’re with. They wake us in the night, interrupting our sleep. We feel anxious or naked when they are not there. For some users, there is no life without a mobile phone. They take it wherever they go, including the morning or evening constitutional. During a train or bus journey, one encounters chatters of various phone users. Ringing tones, with options such as the call of a cuckoo or the cry of a baby, and other bizarre tones, could be very disturbing. No more do teens come home and talk to parents about their teenage problems! They are too busy either texting or chatting with their friends or groups or community. Husband and wife sit across the sofa in the drawing room, each lost in his or her own world of online activity on the mobile platform. They interrupt our work and our play.
Are we obsessed with these miraculous devices? Is it compulsion that causes us to prioritize our phones above other things? Is there such a thing as smart phone addiction? Smart phones really are addictive and the more you use one, the worse it gets, a new study has revealed. It is a misconception that it is safe to talk on the smartphone while driving but it is totally unsafe. Talking on the phone while driving leads to cognitive distraction. This type of distraction takes your mind off the road, so even though you may be using a hands-free device that allows for voice-activated dialing and operation, your mind is not on the road.
Moodiness, loneliness and jealousy are all key indicators of smart phone addiction, along with an obsession with physical appearance. There is no question that smart phones have changed the way the world interacts with one another but don’t we think that it should be now made compulsory that anyone selling smart phones should warn customers of their potentially addictive properties. The Government should also embark on an awareness drive aimed at educating the public on the main symptoms of Smart Phones’ addiction.

The author is from Ahmedabad and writes on various social issues. He can be reached at: dixitpatrakar@yahoo.in