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Your smartphone can make you sick


Smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives. Excessive use of a smartphone causes side effects such as a dull headache, dizziness and nausea. But, smartphones also pose other serious health hazards.

Cancer and heart problems: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an organ of the WHO, has classified cell phone use as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. The electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones is also reported to contribute to abnormalities in heart function. 

Germ hotspot: Your phone gets bombarded with germs every time it is used. A recent study done by Harvard University found that 25% phones have faecal matter on them. 

Eyesight and hearing: The glare on the screen and small font size strain the eyes, especially if you are reading in the dark. Studies report that long-term exposure to an electromagnetic field reduces hearing function. 

Infertility and allergies: Research has revealed that men who use mobile phones have a decreased sperm count. Cell phones contain potential skin allergens like nickel, chromium and cobalt which cause contact dermatitis.

Texting and thumbs: Too much texting and typing on the phone hurts the thumbs. These are repetitive stress injuries and could also affect the wrist and elbows.

Problems of posture: Constant tilting down to look at your phone screen can take its toll, leading to neck and back pain.  

Hinders sleep: The blue light emitted by cell phones disrupts sleep. Research has shown that individuals with smartphones in the bedroom sleep less each night. 

Medical devices: Smartphones may cause medical devices like pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and hearing aids to malfunction. 

Increased accident risk: Be it while driving or while crossing the road, a mobile phone can be a potential distraction. 

Social and psychological issues: Cell phones interfere with normal socialization. Some people suffer from nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The general desperate nature of people to be available 24/7 on their mobiles is responsible for high stress levels.

All in all, it is prudent to limit cell phone usage.

Sources: The Quint, www.thehealthsite.com, www.globalhealingcenter.com

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