Wellness - Addiction | 10-18 yrs

Health Hazards Of Smartphone Overuse

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Today, nomophobia — the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact — is on the rise among youngsters.

Smartphone addiction can harm the physical, mental and emotional health of your child. Hunching over a smartphone screen can result in back problems. Your child may develop ‘text claw’, that is, pain throughout the wrist and hands, dry eye symptoms and even myopia.

Constant use of smartphones can lead to ‘cyber sickness’ with symptoms like headache, nausea and dizziness. The electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobiles has also been linked to cell damage, making tumours more likely.

Incessant smartphone communication can make children anxious and depressed. Their social skills get depleted and attention spans get reduced. Using cell phones at night causes sleep problems.

Moreover, smartphones expose children to several dangers such as cyber-bullying, making inappropriate contacts in chat rooms, self-harming websites, anorexia websites, pornography, and a whole invisible world of dark places.According to an article titled Why smartphones are making you ill, published in www.telegraph.co.uk, “In real life, we travel with our children. When they are connected via their smartphones to the web, they usually travel alone.”

There have been news stories on how Steve Jobs was worried about the effects of exposing children to technology. The late Apple co-founder didn't allow his children to spend too much time with the shiny gadgets he created. He would say: “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

To find out more about the topic, read this ClipBook, which is a curation of useful links.  

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