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Kate Green (2019) published a learning article concluding that smartphones have become a staple of everyday life, with 80% of UK consumers owning one in 2018. This number is sure to increase over the years , and smartphones are becoming more affordable and therefore more accessible.

By Prof. Dr. Abdullah G Arijo

They are useful for just about everything; check train times, take a quick photo, engage in family group chat or even – as mobile was originally intended for this – make a phone call. All of this has led to the average adult spending 8 hours and 41 minutes on digital devices every day. For some people, however, that number is likely to be much higher. Many jobs require people to sit in front of computer screens for 35-40 hours a week, even without your own personal use of a smartphone outside of work hours. Although it is great for keeping in touch with people, arranging transport and completing work quickly and efficiently, but everyone must wonder what the impact is on our health. The answer is none other than Danger, so simple, so worse.

The progress and development of science on the one hand has created comfort for humans, while on the other hand many so-called blessings have made humans pay the price. The cell phone being one of those blessings. There are many evils associated with the misuse and overuse of technology, cell phone. Teen Texting Tendinitis (TTT) is just one example. Texting Teen Tendinitis is a new syndrome caused by teens texting a lot, often for hours a day. The affliction affects the back, neck, arms and of course the thumbs. Symptoms include pain in all of the above, as well as numbness in the thumbs. Therefore, there is a health alert for smartphone texting addicts, which means pretty much everyone under 30.

Recent developments and advances in mobile phone usage have brought about a dramatic shift in the mobile industry at the cost of social isolation. The use of cell phones has increased so much that it has become one of the most dominant influences on society today. Frimpong and his colleagues in 2016 concluded a study to see how often students use their phones in class, examine mobile phone technologies available for learning, and find the effects of mobile phone use on students’ academic performance. students. A sample size of three hundred and six was chosen for this study. Regarding students’ use of mobile phones in class, 93.5% have used a mobile phone during class hours and 91.8% use mobile phones in class to improve their understanding of the subjects to be studied. . Additionally, 80.5% were distracted by the phone during class, in the form of visiting social media sites (31.1%), texting (27.6%), and receiving calls (25. 6%).

Excessive use of a cell phone or smartphone can lead to several different physical problems that can cause permanent damage or be difficult to treat, including digital eye strain, neck problems, increased heart disease, germs, car accidents and male infertility.

Aware of the concentration of damage, the French authorities decide that all French children under the age of 15 will be prohibited from using their telephone at any time of the day. French students returning from summer vacation will no longer be able to use their phones during the school day.

  • Earlier this summer, France banned all students under the age of 15 from using all cellphones, tablets and smartwatches at any time of the day.
  • This includes meal times.
  • The government is concerned that students are becoming too dependent and distracted by their phones.

While a ban on mobile phones during school hours had already been in place since 2010, the new law extends to breaks and meals. Schools are free to decide for themselves whether they will implement the ban for students over 15. There are also some exceptions to the ban, such as for students with disabilities.

Banning phones at school was one of Emmanuel Macron’s promises during his presidential campaign.

Under the new law, students must turn off their phones during the day or put them in lockers. Schools have also been allowed to independently manage the logistics of how students will be kept off their phones, the news agency said.

The law was introduced amid fears that students are becoming too dependent and distracted by their smartphones.

French authorities, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, hailed the legislation as “a law for the 21st century”, and said it would improve discipline among France’s 12 million schoolchildren. noted.

Excessive use of a cell phone or smartphone can lead to several different physical problems that can cause permanent damage or be difficult to treat, including digital eye strain, neck problems, increased heart disease, germs, car accidents and male infertility.

Overusing cell phones in today’s fast-paced and globalized world seems like a necessity. It is almost impossible to imagine our daily life without mobile phones. It is one of the most successful inventions of the 20th century, which has become a practical means of communication. Modern mobile phones also perform many other functions. they can replace devices such as music players, cameras and organizers. Most of them also provide Internet access and SMS.

According to the UN Telecom agency, there were almost 6 billion mobile phone users worldwide, with almost 86 gadgets per 100 people. There is nothing strange in this because modern people need phones in all spheres of their lives, professional and personal. But we don’t notice how dependent we are on mobile phones and what effects their excessive use could have.

There is data to suggest that there is a strong link between cell phones and cancer. Even though the data remains controversial, most scientists agree that there is some threat to excessive cell phone use. It is reported that people who talk on the phone several hours a day are 50% more likely to develop brain cancer. The reason for this is the radio waves produced by cell phones. It is calculated that every minute the human brain receives about 220 electromagnetic impulses, which are not necessarily harmful, but which affect the brain in the event of a prolonged impact.

There is no denying a sad reality, namely that today many people, especially young people, suffer from a lack of human contact and try to compensate for it with cell phone communication, which does not adequately replace personal relationships. Adolescence is not an easy period of life, and at this time, a young person is particularly vulnerable. In case of excessive mobile phone use, there is a risk of becoming dependent on the phone; the real world seems to fade in comparison to hour-long conversations and hundreds of messages. These aspects cause psychological problems, as people begin to feel uncomfortable in face-to-face communication.

The cell phone may be a friend, but we’ve turned it into our master. The World Health Organization has warned that cellphone radiation poses a risk of brain cancer due to excessive cellphone use.

In Pakistan too, look around you will find that everyone is using mobile phones indiscriminately. In the university auditorium, backbench MPs desperately chose this spot so they could use their cellphones. Once, during an oral exam, when the student did not answer even very simple questions, I wanted to know the reason. I was shocked to know that the student was reading and responding to 1000 text messages (full package). Wait, I say to my student. and told him that if it takes him 60 seconds to read and reply to a text message, that means he was wasting 5 hours texting and to me that might be the only reason for his performance drop .

Research has been conducted on excessive cell phone use and its effects on the social and academic status of young students. A very interesting report by Tauseef and his colleagues reveals that Pakistan ranks 7th among the countries using the most mobile phones according to the World Fact Book. Most subscribers are young people. Especially considering the demanding academic life of medical students

The research further reveals that out of 308 students, 97% had cell phones in which 81% of students reported a change in their routine after getting a cell phone, 56% reported that their sleeping routine and other activities such as games, exercise and other hobbies were affected. , the academic performance of 53% of the students was affected, 69% thought they were distracted from their surroundings, and 58% used the phone even in the company of other people, which compromised their social relationships. 84% repeatedly check their cell phones to see if they received calls or not.

Pakistani authorities must follow France and come up with a mechanism to discourage indiscriminate cell phone use. The mobile phone may be a friend, but we have made them our masters. In schools, colleges and universities, it is the main cause of decline in academic excellence.

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