Mobile phones are another revolutionary invention of our times, besides computer and Internet technologies. However, excessive use of cellphone is having negative effects on youth. The researchers have found that excessive use of cell phones by college students is a cause for poorer academic performance, anxiety and unhappiness.
Here are some of the side-effects of mobile phone use in kids:
Cell phones disturb the studies of students during class or lecture. It is noticed that often students are busy texting during class. They become sleep-deprived and lack concentration during school hours.
Small texts and bright screens strain the eyes of the child. Since these devices are designed for reading at close range, the eyes must constantly refocus and reposition to process the graphics and text on screen. Symptoms of digital eye strain that include eye redness or irritation, dry eyes, blurred vision, back pain, neck pain and headaches are often seen in the youth.
Another effect of cell phone is that the youngsters are now far from away from their families. They don’t have time for their families.
It causes disruption in learning, whether it is at home while doing homework, or during class time. A ‘conversation’ starts with an incoming message as kids are not able to exercise strong self-control.
Another problem with cell phones is the peer to peer interaction that goes on daily. Sexting is not uncommon in the society where mobile users transmit and share inappropriate or images among friends, including those of violent or sexual nature. Mobile phones are used as a viral communication tool to send a message to a large number of contacts at once.
Besides the academic performance and nature of students, mobile phones also adversely affect their health. Not only they carry important data, but germs too. Most of the mobile phone users put their phone in places where it can pick up germs. The bacteria might remain confined to the skin, or burrow deeper into the body and cause infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, heart valves and lungs.