Nomo phobia, or no mobile phobia, is the feeling of anxiety most people get when they cannot use their cell phones or they do not have their phones. Think about how you feel when you don’t have your phone with you or when the battery dies. Some teens say that cell phones improve their lives by making simple tasks, such as sending someone a message, more convenient. Approximately 75 percent of teens own cell phones and almost half of them are smart phones. Although cell phones make life easier for teenagers, their excessive use of cell phones is harmful to their health, interfering with their ability to function effectively in society, and creating a dangerous environment for people in other countries.
However, teenagers usage of their phone is beyond just calling. In their social world it is about how many likes or followers they have, which leads to lacking social skills generations had before. The cons of teenage Smartphone usage outweighs the pros because of how it affects their academics, social world, and emotional health.
They are inexperiences which makes them a risky driver. According to one source, 47 percent of teenagers think they can text blindfolded(Gardner 2010). You throw cell phones on top of that it’s asking for trouble. A recent survey found that 51.4 percent of surveyed drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 have admitted to texting and driving(Gardner 2010). Furthermore nearly 100 percent of drivers agree that driving and texting increases chance of being in a car accident.
Another complication that occurs with addiction, is that teens will be incline to check their phones on numerous occasions. One may ask why is this a problem? Chances are, if a teen is addicted to their phone they will may not be able to resist checking their phone while driving. Thus, they began to text and drive, which is a major cause of deaths in the United States. It should be noted that not all teenagers text and drive, but a substantial amount do.
Mobile Phones Affect the Health of Teenagers A new study by the Pew Research Center has discovered that 78% of American teenagers (and growing) have cell phones. (“Teens and Technology 2013”) In our society nowadays, teenagers all around the world have mobile phones that are used constantly. While many teenagers love the fact that they can call, send, and receive text messages from their favorite mobile device, I believe this to be a substandard idea: cell phones distract teens and influence them to be less social, cause laziness, and finally mobile phones could result into several shocking health problems. To begin with, reducing the usage of wireless phones worldwide by teens would be a great way for the youth to focus better in school and to interact more with friends and family. Although this might seem out of one’s mind, cellular telephones do have this negative effect on teenagers.
A study conducted by the Walton College in 2011 surveyed more than 900 people about their cellphone use while driving. The researchers concluded that behavior associated with excessive cellphone usage, especially texting, is similar to mild obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) tendencies (UA Researchers). Some people can’t avoid the urge to answer the text regardless off what one is doing in the vein of driving. Texting and driving can be compared to drinking and driving as well. As with drinking and driving, texting while will only lead to disaster.
The National Safety Council estimated that at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and texting. Regardless of the risk, the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone and driving restrictions. Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young drivers reaction time as slow as a 70-year olds reaction. As 56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving. Although, because this information was taken by volunteer Jackard
About 421,000 people were hurt in a car crash involving a distracted driver during the year of 2012. Overall, to stop wrecks that engage in texting is to either let others text for you or wait until you have reached you designated place to text back. How has the cell phone ban law effect drivers’ behavior? Study show that people who talk on cell phones tend to be more unsafe drivers, says a new study from MIT that included a test drive. Studies also state that you can take the driver away from the cell phone but you cannot take the behavior away from the driver “www.news.sciencemag.org/2012/08/why-cellphone-bans-dont-work”.
Every second drivers across the United States are their cell phone. Talking, texting, sending emails and using applications risk a higher rate of a dangerous or deadly car crash. An estimated 1.6 million crashes occur each year due to the use of a cellular phone (Lim 197-212). Accidents like these can easily be prevented but many drivers put safety at risk by failing to obey laws against distracted driving. If drivers were prohibited to use cellphones, motor vehicle accidents would be reduced significantly.
Cell phones also distract from driving. Texting and driving is one of the most common causes of distracted driving, in fact, cell phone use accounts for 25 percent of all traffic accidents (Mooney 40). States have passed laws banning texting and cellphone use while driving because some studies have shown cell phone use while driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving (Szumski 8). Researchers at the University of California compared crash records before and after there was a ban on using a cell phone while driving and it showed that the fatalities caused by using cell phones decreased by 47 percent. So there are ways to prevent people from using a phone while driving but still