imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

IN MY EYES: Cancerous cellphone

The age of technology has overwhelmed our senses, fellas.

They say you are not “in” if you are low-tech.

I can boldly say that nowadays, every child who knows how to recognize moving objects can use the cellphone whether to play video games or scroll over stored data.

“Children are better cellphone and laptop users nowadays,” says Chrisanto, a high school teacher.

Beverly, a 36-year old mother of two and who works as a company cashier has a 3-year old child whom she has been bringing to her workplace in the absence of a nanny. Her husband works in the Department of Public Works and Highways while her elder son goes to high school. To keep her 3-year old son from pestering her during working hours, she bought him an android phone laden with games. Tyrell (that’s the child’s name) has been tied to his folding bed in his mother’s office since then, playing video games and sleeping there when he gets tired.

“He has destroyed 3 android phones since then,” Beverly says.

Tyrell would drop, throw or punch his cellphone when he could not cope up with the games or when wi-fi signal gets weak.

“But he already knows how to download games. He also knows how to call his elder brother now!” Beverly said proudly.

Brandon, a Grade 11 senior high school student is constantly getting late in going to school every morning. In fact, his adviser usually says when he arrives late: “Why are you so very early today for your second period?”

Brandon’s problem on tardiness is due to his bad evening habits: playing video games via hios cellphone and texting/calling his girlfriend, Aira, until 12:00 midnight.

Well, these are just some of the side effects of hi-tech, fellas.

The country is already flooded with all sorts of cellphones and every now and then, a new model comes out. But researcher Amanda Hawkins say smartphone addiction has serious bad effects and every user should be aware of these.

  1. Text claw and cell phone elbow

“Text Claw” is a non-medical term used to describe all of the finger cramping and sore muscles that come from continuous scrolling, texting, and gaming on smartphones. It causes inflammation in the tendons and enhance existing conditions, like tendinitis and carpal tunnel. It also numbs the ring and pinky fingers after bending your elbow for long periods of time.

  1. iPosture and text neck

Slouching over your phone for hours at a time is ruining your neck and hurting your back muscles. “iPosture” or “Text Neck” are terms doctors throw around to describe the excessive stress on neck muscles. According to a study of young adults in the U.K., 84% of those tracked experienced back pain during the last year, mainly due to being hunched over smartphones, tablets, and computers.

  1. Computer vision syndrome

Staring at the tiny font in your texts and scrolling through dozens of tweets can lead to eyestrain, blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes. Blurred vision plus sore neck muscles can also cause headaches.

  1. Nomophobia

Short for “no-mobile-phone phobia,” this is exactly what it sounds like: the fear of being without your cell. According to a study of 1,000 people in the U.K., 66% of the population fears losing or being without their phones at any given time. Some of the symptoms of nomophobia include anxiety or negative physical symptoms if you have lost or cannot use your cell phone, obsessively checking to make sure you have your phone with you, and constantly worrying about losing it somewhere.

  1. Phantom pocket vibration syndrome

A professor at Indiana University found that 89% of the undergraduates in her study experienced phantom vibrations when their phones weren’t actually vibrating. Students who were dependent on text messages and social media updates were more anxious when their phones weren’t really vibrating.

  1. Stress

Having a cell phone will tempt your teen to spend all day talking or texting, instead of doing anything productive. Studies have proven that teens who spend too much of their time with their cell phones are more prone to stress and fatigue.

  1. Sleep loss

Most of the teens keep their cell phones nearby while sleeping to respond to texts and calls. They feel pressurized to remain reachable around the clock. It leads to sleep interruption and disruption. Teens also become irritable when they are sleep deprived.

  1. Accidents

Teens are more likely to respond to calls, text while driving, and riding than adults. They talk and text on the phone without realizing that it can cost their lives.

  1. Increases Anxiety

Relying on texting as a primary mode of communication can increase anxiety in teens. Texting is instantly gratifying, but it also produces anxiety. The instant reply by the friend can bring joy and elation. But in case of delayed response or no response, this same pleasure turns into disappointment.

  1. Risk Of Cancer

Research shows that electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones get absorbed in the tissues when we hold the phone for longer times. The nervous systems of teens are still developing and have a greater risk of developing brain cancer from cell phones than adults.

  1. Cyber Bullying

According to a poll conducted by Fight Crime Invest in Kids, nearly one-third of the teens are victims of cyber bullying. And almost half of the victims do not know the identity of the perpetrators.

And so, what should be done?

These are sound pieces of advice to parents:

Negotiate with your child what should be the acceptable amount of time and money spent on cell phones.Tell him to curb his impulse of replying to the text. Turning off the cell phone while driving is the best option. Turning off the cellphone before going off to sleep will help maintain a regular sleep schedule.

Teach your teen that short to moderate conversations on cellphones can reduce the possibility of cancer. Limit the conversation to not more than 20 minutes a day. Opt for a monthly plan that gives a structure for how many call minutes and text messages are available. If you are paying the bill, then you can also have access to the mobile phone records, which will help you track how often your teen calls and sends messages and to what numbers.

To conclude, it is great to be a part of the growing technological world, and everyone should enjoy its benefits, but in moderation.

Anything to add, fellas?