Over the years, cell phones have started to take over our world. They have given us new ways to communicate with each other, and have made working far more efficient. However, the benefits of these cell phones do not outweigh the dangers, the most harmful of which is cell phone addiction, and the effects it has on the body.
It seems like teens these days are constantly on their phones, no matter what time of the day, and wherever they are. The rates of cell phone addiction goes up every year, and at the moment, around 50% of teens have admitted that they are addicted to their cell phones, according to CNN reporter Kelly Wallace. This addiction mainly stems from social media. Nowadays social media is one of the primary causes of constant phone use, and it has the power to draw people in for hours on end.
Cell phone addiction is becoming a huge problem in our generation. The average person is unable to spend the day or even a few hours without their phone; furthermore, Elise Hu, a broadcast journalist from NPR, explains how the average person will check his or her phone around 110 times a day. Those who are addicted to their phones check around 900 times a day.
These tendencies can cause people to lose jobs or relationships, or focus more on their phones than what’s going on around them. Becoming too dependent on their cell phone, it is more likely that they could develop have problems with mental health. Beyond that, those who rely too heavily on their cell phones often can have difficulty communicating with others, and staying on task. HWRSD’s Health and Wellness teacher s. Petrucci states that, “[Teens] do tend to think about their technology to a point where the real world can be forgotten sometimes”.
Teenagers often use their phones for social media and to contact people, but a tool that is meant for connecting others can sometimes become a way to isolate oneself. Cell phone addiction is a leading cause of OCD and depression. Cell phones create more cortisones (stress hormones) within the brain and body, and those excess cortisones can cause problems in relation to mental health. Cyberbullying plays a huge role in this, causing huge increases in stress and self consciousness. This has become a huge problem among teens, and Team Rawhide says more than 40% are affected.
Sleep deprivation can also affect the body, and cell phone addiction is an enormous factor in sleep deprivation among teens. Most doctors recommend about 8 hours of sleep per night, but cell phones can cause teens to stay up late, talking to friends, and on social media. Alexandra Ma, a reporter from Business Insider, states that around 71% of people sleep with their phones right next to them. Separation anxiety can cause many to feel anxious or stressed when their phone is out of reach, or out of sight.
Even the light generated off of a cell phone is damaging to the body. This light can be harmful to the eyes, and this can become a bigger problem when you are using a cell phone with all the lights off, the light will start to kill cells in your eyes, leaving you with bad eyesight as you age.
Some scientists have claimed that the radio frequencies transmitted from cell phones could cause cancer. This cancer comes in the form of a brain tumor called glioma, which affects the brain or spinal cord. Lizette Borreli, writer, film critic and sports enthusiast from New York City, states that “using your smartphone for more than 15-hours [or more] a month can triple your brain cancer risk just over the span of five years.”
Many argue that so far no physical changes due to cell phones have presented themselves; however, you might want to check your pinkie. Based on how you hold your cell phone, there may be a dent or bump on your pinkie that marks where your phone usually rests.
In order to stop the increase of cell phone addiction and prevent the side effects our bodies have begun to experience, we’re going to have to work hard. There is no easy fix for cell phone addiction, but it starts with putting down your phone, setting limitations for yourself, and experiencing life disconnected. It’s going to take some hard work, but the world without so many phones might just be one we’d like to live in.
Continue reading for the other side of the story, the benefits of cell phones.