By Alejandra Hernandez
During the last three years, smartphones have become one of the most important tools in our daily lives. Most people spend endless hours on their mobile devices, computers, laptops, and tablets. Current generations find it hard to believe that there used to be a time where none of these electronic devices hardly ever existed.
Though they have progressed the ways of communications and social interactions, electronic devices have become dangerous for human health. Many people tend to spend more time on their devices in their daily lives. From the moment they wake up to before falling asleep, people even manage to sleep next to their smartphones for easier access.
Recent research has discovered that smartphones and electronic devices alike create certain amounts of radiation. These electronic devices develop and give off ionizing and nonionizing radiation at high and low frequencies that are absorbed through the human skin. These frequencies such as the non-ionizing radiation cause long-term damaging effects such as brain tumors, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, fatigue issues, constant headaches, and cancer.
Another health issue concerning the constant usage of smartphones are the back issues that people develop. The constant viewing of the mobile screen causes people to look down at their devices which places an increased pressure on their spine. Repetitive or constant practices will eventually lead to complicated issues regarding both spine and back issues.
Eye and vision issues are also a main concern regarding heavy smartphone usage. Due to the constant habit of checking up on the screens whether it is during the day or at night, the screen’s light can strain and damage one’s vision through time. The effects are even worse whenever the screens are looked during dark places or before sleeping. This can cause extreme diseases like cataracts and increase the chances of cancer.
Anxiety and depression are also linked as some of the side effects of daily electronic device usage. Many people spend most of their time looking at their screens on social media or applications. For every minute spent on their applications, the less time is used for actual social interaction or exercise to improve one’s life.
Taking, managing, and scheduling calls, text messages, social media notifications, and emails can also cause great amounts of stress. Due to this people continue working even after their working schedule due to their smartphones and electronic devices always being readily available. Even if people are not working or taking any messages or calls, the strain and stress will always linger on their minds due to not being connected.
Due to this, it is important that people manage their time with their usage of smartphones to better improve their lives.