Cell phones promote serious social, psychological issues
“It’s getting harder to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on the cell phone. It brings me up short to walk by somebody who appears to be talking to themselves.” Bob Newhart.
What started out as a means of adult communication has become a teen status symbol and a new age addiction, and it is not a drug: It’s a cell phone. Recent research at Baylor University finds the link between materialism and IT devices are creating a generation of learned compulsive behavior. With four billion cell phones in use today, that’s a substantial amount of compulsion.
Cell phones act like a pacifier for impulsiveness, which is a major component of addiction. Studies reported by the Journal of Behavioral Sciences show that young adult send an average of 109.5 text messages daily and check their cell phones an average of 60 times a day.
Dr. Rick Naurert, an expert in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare and an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University claims his research shows 22 percent of cell phone users describe themselves as “Heavy users” with eight percent paying bills of $500 or more per month. A large survey showed 28 percent of cell phone users use their device to contact partners, 28 percent contact close friends, 26 percent contact family and only 11 percent use the phone for business.
New York City based Psychiatrist Dr. Jeremy Spiegel, founder of Casco Bay Medical with offices in Danvers Mass. and Portland Maine found that cell phone socialization is skeletal and interferes or replaces interfacing with people on a much needed social level. The device is creating what some experts call the “Narcissist Generation” – those who truly believe they are so important and popular with their thoughts they make themselves available to whom over needs.
While cell phones and smart phones make our life so much more easier, there is no denying that the machine does bring some harm, and not only good. Read on to find out the top five negative effects from your cell phone to your brain!
Cell phones are one of the few devices that have become an integral part of our daily lives. In fact, they’re almost like an extension of us at this point. Almost everyone has one- so much so, that a recent report from the World Bank stated that the world’s poorest households are more likely to have access to mobile phones, rather than toilets. While cell phones and smartphones make our life so much easier, there is no denying that the machine does bring some harm, and not only good. Still, don’t believe us? Well, here are the top five negative effects from your cell phone to your brain:
1. Cell phone radiation has been classified as a “possible human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. Yes, this is true! It poses an increased risk of brain cancer from heavy, long-term use.
2. A two-year study conducted by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland found that brain tissue damage could be caused by radiation from mobile phones.
3. Your cell phone usage could very well give you a tumor! An Italian court recently ruled that a man’s heavy mobile phone use caused him to develop a benign brain tumor. He testified that his job required him to use his cell phone for 3-4 hours every day, for 15 years.
4. While your child may constantly beg you for your cell phone to play the latest version of Candy Crush Saga, you might want to tell him no once in a while. Research shows that the bone marrow of a child’s head absorbs almost ten times more radiation than an adult’s. Yes, you read that right!
5. Our cell phones are powerful enough to accelerate our brain activity, even after just 50 minutes of use. This just goes to show how sensitive our brain is to electromagnetic radiation, and how this could greatly affect us in the long-term.
Well, hopefully, this list was enough to prompt you to keep your cell phone down for a bit, and maybe look to the person sitting next to you for some entertainment at least that won’t cause you brain damage anytime soon!
To make matters worse, Hiam Einhorn, CEO of EZ Technologies, has sounded the alarm on unacceptable radiation levels from cell phone use. Einhorn notes that no long-term studies currently exist to definitively answer the question of whether cell phone radiation causes brain cancer. He notes, however, that the evidence is trickling in. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the levels of electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones is a possible source of brain cancer.
The future may hold a means of digital detox and 28 day rehabilitation where the young actually sit in front of each other in an attempt to speak face to face after an anticipated long silence.
Until then, a responsible electronic industry should produce teen cell phones that can only be operated “X” amount of minutes daily with parental control much like the safeguards built into cable TV and internet pornographic sites.
There is an unnerving possibility that the physical damage from electromagnetic radiation may go the route of cigarettes; a strong socio/political aggressive industry interfering with evidence until millions are addicted and many get deadly ill.
From a psychological standpoint, while these devices are increasing social connectivity, they are decreasing healthy social connectivity and interfering with human interaction that fosters intimacy and closeness.
Phone battery inventor on ills of mobiles
The man whose work made mobile phones possible says he does not have one himself and dislikes the way people use them.
John Goodenough’s work led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is part of almost every portable electronic device.
When he sees people looking at their phones or tablets rather than talking to people the 94-year-old thinks: “That’s not the way to live.”