5 Dangerous Ways Your Cell Phone Can Hurt You
Using your cell phone too much can make you more anxious, a study says.
Researchers from Kent State University found that college students glued to their phones all day were more anxious and received poorer grades. For the study, 500 students were surveyed about their cell phone use. Based on the findings, it appears that frequent cell phone users felt anxious and obligated to keep in constant contact with their friends. Even more worrisome, after weighing in the participants' cumulative GPAs, the researchers found that greater cell phone use was linked to lower grades, possibly because the students were so anxious about keeping in touch with their friends they couldn't concentrate on studying.
“[The higher users] need to unplug and find some personal time where they can disconnect from the network," advised Andrew Lepp, an associate professor who led the study. "You need time to be alone with your thoughts, recover from the daily stressors in a way that doesn’t involve electronic media."
How cell phones can harm your health
Besides anxiety, there's mounting evidence that cell phones can affect our health negatively if we use them in excess, as Huffington Post illustrated in their info-graphic. As the list below shows, there are good reasons to switch off your phones once in awhile.
Addiction: One survey showed that the majority of us -- 66 percent -- are actually afraid to lose or be separated from our cell phones.
Hearing: For those who crank up the volume on their playlists, you risk damaging the cells in your ear, which can lead to hearing loss.
Text claw: Too much texting and Candy Crush can lead to a strange phenomenon called "text claw," which can lead to tendinitis and forearm and wrist pain.
Radiation: The World Health Organization considers the levels of radiation to be "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
Germs: A study from the Wall Street Journal found that phones test high in chloroform bacteria -- or possible fecal contamination.
Do you find it difficult to separate yourself from your phone?