We have no doubt that technology is making our lives easier and more comfortable. From morning till night we can say that we have been involved in various technologies. Among these, mobile phones, tablets, computers, etc. are among the devices that have become almost non-existent in our daily activities. Lately, mobile phones have appeared in front of us in a smart way and got the title of smartphone. As before, the phone is no longer limited to just calling or receiving, messaging. What can not be done with the phone now! The world is now in the palm of the hand through the Internet. And the world’s smallest, portable device that can be carried in the palm of the hand is a smartphone. However, our discussion today is not about smartphones. Rather about the bad side of smartphones.
The downside of smartphones
Just as moderate use of technology can make our lives a lot easier, excessive use of it harms us. And that loss is not limited to the individual level. It has a noticeable bad effect on everything from personal to family, social.
Many people may say that smartphones need to be used all day long. From keeping in touch with everyone to entertaining, our movements, maps, our shopping lists, routines, alarms, etc., we do a lot of work in our daily lives with this small device. So how is it possible to use less! What is the bad side of a smartphone?
Let’s find out about the bad aspects of our favorite smartphone
A recent study in the United States found that a college student uses an average of 10 hours a day on the phone. It can be used for browsing the internet or reading PDF files or messaging. And the more messages they exchange during the day, the more they talk to someone throughout the day.
Another survey found that 3 out of every 5 smartphone users in the United States could not have checked their phone more than 60 minutes at a time. The situation of smartphone users all over the world is more or less the same.
And if someone is told to stay without a phone, there is a kind of fear in them. Which psychologists call nomophobia.
Being without a smartphone makes us feel difficult
In 2011, a survey was conducted on about 1000 students of 10 universities. They were kept away from smartphones, laptops and social sites for 24 hours. Most of the students were physically and mentally broken in the middle of it. They seemed to be much more alone. Even many could not stay away for 24 hours in the end.
Back pain problem
According to the British Chiropractic Association, spinal problems, including back pain, have increased dramatically in young people over the past few years. According to a 2015 statistic, 45% of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 suffer from various spinal problems, including back pain. The reason, they say, is because of the extra pressure on the polar cord. And this number has increased by 60% compared to 2014. But in this case, they are blaming more on the various texting on the smartphone. According to a 2014 study, when we do text, the angle at which we bend our spine and the amount of pressure on the spine is equal to 50 pounds. Which is equal to the weight of a healthy normal 7 year old child. Isn’t that terrible!
Smartphones are also responsible for nervous problems. Excessive smartphone use causes the nerves that connect to the brain from the beginning of our spine to contract under extra pressure or to be damaged in other ways. Migraine problems, including severe headaches, can result. Those who have migraines understand what it is. And this problem is called Occipital neuralgia.
Anxiety and frustration
Smartphones are not the only thing that creates physical or mental problems. Excessive use of it will make you emotionally anxious and frustrated. As you go to social sites, you may see instant updates from everyone. Which will create various mental pains including inferior complexion in you. Acknowledging your own failures will reduce your ability to try again. Will make you frustrated. In addition, playing extra games on the smartphone will not allow you to do much of your necessary work properly. Rather these addictions will keep you away from people socially. Which is tied to the path of smooth mental development.
Excessive use of smartphones means everyone will always think you are affordable. Think calls, texts, social media notifications, mails you can reply at any time. You will not have anything to say about your specific working time. Which will create stress for you. We want to keep in touch with the world by using smartphones. But its overuse makes us all more alone rather than more in touch.
According to a 2013 survey, 63% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 carry their smartphones or tablets to bed while sleeping. And 30% of people between the ages of 30 and 64 do the same thing.
According to a study published in September 2015, the blue light of a phone or tablet before going to sleep will not disturb your sleep as much as a double espresso coffee. Although no one goes to bed with double espresso coffee before we go to bed. But I take the phone or tablet.
According to a study by the University of Arizona in the United States, our smartphone contains 10 times more bacteria than the amount of bacteria on the surface of a toilet seat. We clean our toilets regularly but smartphones are not. And no matter how clean the toilet seat is, we certainly don’t rub anyone’s face there. But we keep our phone in our hands all day without cleaning in any proper way, we actually put the call in our mouth.
Problems of vision
Another notable problem among the bad aspects of smartphones is that it can damage our eyesight. The blue light of the smartphone is harmful to our retina. Excessive use of smartphones for long periods of time can cause severe damage to the retina. This is called macular degeneration in medical science. People with macular degeneration can lose a lot of their eyesight. And it can slowly lead anyone to blindness forever. The blue light of the smartphone falls directly on our eyes and using it too close increases the chances of damaging the retina of the eye.
According to a survey, 55% of 2,000 people admitted that they felt discomfort in their eyes after using the phone for a while.
So set a specific time to use the smartphone to protect the precious eyes. Do not use it excessively. And follow the 20-20-20 rule as long as you use it. This means that after using the smartphone every 20 minutes, you will look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. And put some foods that keep the eyesight on the daily food menu.
One of the downsides of smartphones is hearing problems. Usually chatting on a smartphone, browsing is not likely to cause any damage to your ears. But if you use a lot of headphones to talk or listen to music, it’s time to be careful.
Inside our ears are very small thin hairs. Its job is to send chemical signals to the brain through various nerves. The sound of high volume damages these hairs. This question may come up here as to what is meant by high volume.
According to the Dangerous Decibels public health campaign, loud volumes above 85 decibels are high volume sounds that can damage our hearing. Headphones used in smartphones have a maximum volume of 105 decibels, which is similar to the sound produced at a concert.
If someone listens to music at this maximum volume for more than 4 minutes, it can cause severe damage to the ears and hearing. Even if one reduces the volume to 94 decibels and even if it is done for more than 1 hour in a row, the noise can damage the ears.
There are also more bad aspects of smartphones. Excessive use of smartphones can bring many unwanted dangers. Excessive use of it can lead to family-social unrest, including various car accidents.
Everything extra actually brings out something bad in one way or another. So be careful. Gradually reduce the use of smartphones more than necessary. Be aware of the bad aspects of the smartphone in time. Also alert everyone around.