This is an excerpt from an article from www.medical daily: According to the , the average American spends 144 minutes a day using his or her phone during a 16-hour period. Here are some reasons why increased cell phone use can have short-term and long-term effects on your health.
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 one study 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.“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 conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 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.
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 cell phone after a day’s use can contain more disease-prone germs than those found on a toilet seat. The results of a University of London 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 .
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.
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 , more than 70 percent of Americans don’t know or are in denial that they are susceptible to digital eye strain Information courtesy of . Visit for the full article and further information.