How Cellphones Are Affecting Our Health

May 14, 2018

By Mckenzie Swanson

How many of us can say we don’t at least spend an hour of time on our phones each day? I know I can’t. With the help of our phones, we can pull up anything we wish to know just by the touch of a button, search any location and be there within minutes, and connect with people from our hometown to all the way across the world. However, what you didn’t know is phones also have negative side effects when we use them.

Although, I believe in today’s society we depend a lot on mobile devices for work, entertainment and even for school, I still think there is an extent to how much we should use them. For myself, I can honestly say I go on my phone a lot in a day, at points probably too much. However, after researching and writing this article myself, I swore to try and reduce the amount of time I spend on my phone each day.

Cell phones have different variations to how harmful they are to humans and our way of living. This being said, they can start anywhere from affecting our sleeping patterns to possibly causing cancer. For instance, studies have proven that most teens who spend too much time on their phones are more prone to stress and fatigue. In most cases, people of this upcoming generation keep their cellular devices by their bedside before going to sleep, causing them to subconsciously stress about incoming texts and calls leading to sleep disruption. On a more life-threatening level, the radiation that comes off of cellphones when we use them, have been classified to be possibly carcinogenic to humans, meaning you have a higher risk of getting cancer. Plus, with phones now being the new and upcoming thing, we often catch ourselves talking and texting on our phones while driving without even realizing that it can cost us our lives.

So, if you’re like me and you wish to still enjoy the benefits of your phone but decrease the risk of losing sleep and being stressed or risking your own safety, I have a few helpful tips to get you started on your journey:

1. Use speaker mode or use a hands-free kit when you make calls to keep radiation away from your face.

2. Turn off your cell phone while driving or put it in an unreachable spot.

3. Turn off your cell phone before going to sleep to help maintain a regular sleep schedule.

4. Teach yourself to have short to moderate conversations on a cell phone to reduce the exposure to radiation.

5. If you can, try to avoid making calls when you have a weak signal, as well as in cars, elevators, trains and buses. Radiation is higher when your bars are weak, plus your phone works more to push a signal through metal, also causing an increase in radiation.

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