It’s been said many times that mobile phones might be bad for you, but exactly what is everyone talking about?
Our phones have become part of our daily lives, and how on earth we ever lived without them before the 90’s is anyone’s guess. But alongside the massive adoption of the mobile are concerns about what it might be doing to our health and our mind-sets. Just what could be so bad though – quite a lot apparently, according to Medical Daily.
Relationships come under pressure because of the mobile phone. People are often staring at their screens, so generally don’t communicate as well with people around them. It has been noted that the phone makes you appear less open to talking, so it’s harder to meet people. In families too, using phones at the dinner table or at other times when families should be talking is an issue in some homes.
Stress levels increase because we are always contactable. No-one really leaves the office properly anymore. Your smartphone is in your hand and you are always contactable. When it beeps, flashes and vibrates, you are more on edge, and don’t relax properly. In a study 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.
Believe it or not, your handy phone holds quite a few germs too. The residue you may see on your mobile can contain more disease-prone germs than those found on a toilet seat. In one London-based study, 92 % of phones sampled had bacteria on them, and 16 % had E. Coli. Turns out too that faecal matter can easily be transferred by cell phones – yuk!
Chronic pain can result from excessive phone use. Aside from getting sore typing fingers, back pain is common with increased cell phone use, especially if you hold the phone between your neck and shoulders as you multitask.
Staring at your mobile device can cause sight problems later in life. Screens on mobile devices tend to be smaller than computer screens, making you squint and strain to read.
We need our phones, but bearing all this in mind, it might be a good idea to cut back on phone use a little. Food for thought…..