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The use of mobile phones are causing negative effects, as we are interacting less with each other and getting distracted. Also it’s affecting our health as studies show that it increases stress levels, creating disease from bacteria and causing problems with vision. Even though using a mobile phone is easier and much more convenient, there are many negative factors as shown in the research. They are making us less active which is causing an increasing rise in obesity.
Everybody most commonly uses mobile phones and the rapidly evolving gadget has altered people’s lifestyles. It allows them to connect to other people instantly and easily. In this people are able to stay in touch with everyone anywhere and anytime.
People are relying on their mobile to do things such as online banking, Internet shopping, paying your bills and many more things, therefore people don’t need to leave the house. Also with the ability to send messages people have become too lazy to get up to talk to someone in the next room.
Life is more convenient but in the process its taking away people’s efficiency to do anything. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that frequent cellphone users were more likely to forgo or pause their physical exercise and scored lower on fitness assessments than peers who used mobile phones less often.
Thus people are becoming less active with each passing day and falling into the trap of leading a sedentary lifestyle. Which could disrupt physical activity and reduce cardiorespiratory fitness and excessive weight gain.
In a study, mobile phone users were divided into three categories, with the greatest users being those who clocked in more than 14 hours a day on their phones. Heavy users were found to be more inclined towards sedentary behaviour and a physical check also revealed that they had lower levels of cardiorespiratory fitness than those who used their phones less.
There have been numerous studies on how mobile phone can affect our health. It has been shown that by having it in front of you while two or more people are talking face-to-face can generate negative feelings towards the person who has their device visible. When people use their mobile it can often have detrimental effects on their stress levels.
This is because of the repetitive ringing and vibrating alerts. University of Essex in the United Kingdom found, using your mobile phone frequently, associates with stress and sleep disturbances for women. Whereas for men its sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression. This shows how they are affecting our health.
People are not aware that their mobile phones can harbor germs more than those found on a toilet seat. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has sampled 390 cell phones and found that 92% of the cellphone had bacteria on them. 16% of them had E. Coli bacteria. Also Mobile phones tend to be smaller which means you are more likely to squint and strain your eyes while reading messages which can lead to future vision problems.
The use of mobile phones is making people become distracted with their daily tasks, which is creating problems for themselves and others around them.
Using a mobile phone to create, send, or read a text message while driving is distracting people. In most countries using your mobile phone is banned but people are still continuing to use their mobile phones when they are driving. In New Zealand more than 1100 drivers on average were ticketed every month last year for using their phones, up from an average of 684 a month in 2010. This is unexpected, since the law had changed near the end of 2009. The Herald found that 33 people were talking and 16 were texting or reading their phones as drivers travelled along an 80km/h stretch of road. This shows that mobiles are causing driver distraction, even though the laws are in place.
People are using their mobiles even while walking, which is causing them to be distracted and unaware of their surroundings which may lead to accidents. A 2010 study of accident analysis and prevention in the U.S. revealed that over 1,500 pedestrians were treated because of mobile phone use while walking. This is quite a large number of pedestrians considering it can be avoided.
These days using a mobile phone to communicate with one another whilst at school is distracting students. This can also distract other students from their learning, because of the sound of the ringtone, vibration and the screen light. A study shows students using their mobile phone, is having an effect on their final grades. The research shows a drop of 0.36 0.08 on a 4-point scale where 4.0 = A. This indicates that students using their phone might create problems for their learning, as they would miss important information. Fulbright PhD professor found that a student might claim he’s only hurting his education while texting but others are also being affected.
People are using their mobile phones to communicate with one another on a daily basis. This is becoming more popular than face-to-face communication. Places such as cafes and public transport are filled with people, engaging with their phones rather than talking to each other. It is easier and less confrontational to text or talk to someone rather than speaking to him or her in person. However this is causing people to misunderstand the whole story of a conversation and not getting details such as body language and facial expression that we would see in face-to-face conversation.
In a study of 34 different pairs of strangers were asked to discuss trivial topics and while others were asked to discuss significant events that occurred in their life. The results of the study showed people who spoke about significant events in their lives with a notebook present experienced a feeling of closeness, unlike those with a cell phone. From these results it shows that the presence of mobile phones can interfere with human relationships, an effect that is most clear when individuals are discussing personally meaningful topics.
Mobile phones are affecting personal relationships by their presence even when they aren’t being used. In a study it showed that if a mobile were visible during a conversation then it would cause people to feel less positive towards the person with whom they are chatting. Essex University Psychologists found that mobiles phones could have negative effects on closeness, connection, and conversation quality.
The use of mobile phones is increasing daily and has become a necessity of life; this is shown to have a negative effect on people. People are becoming less personally connected, getting distracted and in turn this is affecting their health. Because contact via mobile phones is easier, people are becoming less active and this can lead them to becoming obese.