However, an addiction to cell phones can be very unhealthy. This can cause a tremendous amount of problems, especially for teens. The dependence teens have on cell phones can have many negative effects. Many teens miss out on more important things in their lives, due to this addiction. Teens can have a loss of focus, which may cause negative consequences such as car accidents, low grades, and struggling relationships.
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.
“PACG express that teenagers are addicted and obsessed with texting, while some of the PACG feel that it distracts the teenagers from their study time and other important activities,” (Ravidchandran). These are among the many reasons why many parents don’t think their teenagers should have cell phones. “They believe that plugged-in kids could be missing out on other activities, such as playing outside or hanging out with friends, and that sending text messages or fielding phone calls while doing homework is bad for concentration,” (Rochman). Parents feel like their children will be unproductive, and won’t get school work done, or they won’t have time for other important activities they are involved
Internet addiction has become a serious issue in society today because it causes people to neglect work, social relationships, and, in some cases it could alters one’s health. A large portion of Americans are involved with social-networking websites and this can also lead to a very serious addiction. “The average teen chooses to spend an average of 16.7 hours a week reading and writing online”(Goldwasser 239). By focusing on how much reading and writing a teen does on the computer, Goldwasser overlooks the deeper problem of whether or not this type of reading and writing is educational. Teenagers spend too much time on social networking websites and this trend can eventually make matters worse.
Hence, cell phones already have a huge impact on our lives and our relationships. In conclusion, still a lot of research is to be carried out on the negative effects of mobile phones that impact our social relationships. Cell phones do have both positive and negative effects but it comes to a point where the negative exceeds the other. By creating awareness of these negative effects through the media, it will equip users to prioritize their time to prevent further addictions. Also, parents should take into consideration these facts and statistics to help decrease the amount that kids spend on the phone, but rather have set a limited time for finishing up with assignments and other recreational activities.
Overuse of cell phones poses both physical and psychological health risks. Cell phones are an issue in today’s society. By people spending most of their time glued to their mobile devices, they are creating an issue for themselves. There are experiments that have been done that show that the human’s cells and body tissue can be damaged. “Under Dr. Carlo’s direction, scientists found that cell phone radiation caused DNA damage, impaired DNA repair, and interfered with cardiac pacemakers” (Kovach 4).
Are cell phones a harmful distraction to society? With advances in technology today, the demand for better cell phones is skyrocketing. With new technological advancements happening everyday with cell phones, people are starting to depend on a cell phone for everyday task. Although cell phones allow the user to contact friends or family with the touch of a button and allows them to play games in times of boredom. As a result of everyday use, cell phones have affected relationships, the brain, and health.
These are just some of the issues that come along with the use of mobile devices. Other issues that have arose are the need for text stops and law that prohibit the use of cell phones while driving (1, 2). People have now become so dependent on mobile devices that they feel they are missing a limb when they don't have the device in their possession (3). These are some of the more serious issues while some minor ones include: excessive use and a lack of patients because information is just a tap away (4). The excessive use of cell phones leads to other harmful effects such as a loss in studies because of excessive texting, calling, and being on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.