Young adults using their smartphones individually at a party
Yes; I am able to see your shock and surprise at the heading of this week’s Sunday Story! Culture and civilization are matters of deep study and research over the decades. This CELL CULTURE has not been a part of such discussion.
Some time ago my esteemed readers would have read the following post in this Blog:
IN THE CELL WORLD WE ARE !
On their noble journey to freedom great leaders were in the cell
Undergoing sufferings at the aliens hand -hard to tell
Cells and cellars beneath the ground in the jails all over including Andaman jail.
Freedom at midnight we got years seventy earlier!
In the CELL WORLD we are today with no hope of getting relieved
Unfortunate in the society all are slaves-slaves of the cellphones
What, why, when, to whom and where questions difficult to answer-pity
Age, sex, position, work-the cell phones know not- variety! Plenty!
Speaking from a room to room under the same roof of the home
On the road, in the running bus and train quite crowded, on roam
At the office or school- young or old, men or women- no hand sans cell
To laugh or weep-mad craziness- in the cell world we are -foolish look-well!
“Cellphone addicts” all over the society most distressing
Any medicines to get out of the addiction- ‘tablets’help not
In fact added addiction- a bigger version of cell phone
And smaller edition of laptop-desk top- God help us to come away!
Day after day this culture is menacingly getting deep rooted in the society causing a deep concern in the right thinking members of the society.
None in senses can deny the advantages of the CELL PHONES. Distance abolished, time saved, easy to carry gadget, not very costly, speaking from one room to another in my 350 square feet flat or speaking to my son at Atlanta from Chennai and so on. But then…………………..What causes concern is the” cell addiction”- men and women, aged and the young, rich and poor, working population and non-working, office goers and street beautifiers, students and teachers…… none is spared by the spoiling cell culture!
As if he has no time, a person driving a motor bike, controls the vehicle with one hand as the other hand is holding the cell phone! It is a common sight that one comes across, while riding in a pillion he or she on cell-speaking, receiving or playing a video game!!!
Recently in my Blog Envius Thoughts I posted a message like this through Whats app, Face book etc.:
அண்மையில் விரைவாகப் பரவிவரும் ‘செல்” நோய்க்கு அருள்கூர்ந்து மருத்துவம் சொல்லுங்களேன்.
In English: Kindly suggest a medicine for the fast spreading cell disease
I received a number of responses. One from Mr.Kumar of Chennai goes like this:
Kumar: Yes. Government should order cell phone company to give option of discount: to disconnect connection daily 1 hour to start with. Later that 1 hour could be individual need based (daily). For not giving 4 hours non usage, daily during day time, can be given extra usage bill-more discount.
For those who avail more than 4 hrs. a day can be given attractive bonus.
Yes very reasonable to wean away the people from this disease!
As the police have a right to
One Mr. Chentur Pandian through Whats App and my response:
+91 94440 88089: “கைபேசி” _ “தேவை” _மெய்யா?” – பொய்யா?” – பட்டி மன்றம் நடத்தி முனை வரை நடுவராக்கி ரசிக்கலாம்!*
Subbaraman NV: இரசிப்பது நோயைத் தீர்க்காது.
His response: இடுக்கண் வருங்கால் நகுக என வள்ளுவர்,,
(in English) One can have a debate “Whether the Cell phone need is real or fictitious” and Doctor can be the Judge and we all can enjoy.
Enjoying does not end the disease.
Thiru valluvar says: Smile when you are in troubles.
[12:22, 1/2/2019] Subbaraman NV: அண்மையில் விரைவாகப் பரவிவரும் ‘செல்” நோய்க்கு அருள்கூர்ந்து மருத்துவம் சொல்லுங்களேன்.
[12:38, 1/2/2019] +91 99447 58909: நெகிழிப் போல இதுவும் அதி விரைவில் மாறும்.
[13:04, 1/2/2019] Subbaraman NV: மாறினால் கோடி நன்மை ஏற்படும்!!!!
Response: Just as Plastic this will also change early
My reply: If it changes it will bring a crore of good things!
Shri Muruganandam: மருந்தா விலகிச் ‘ செல் ‘
Shri Chandrasekaran: [12:21, 1/2/2019] Chandrasekaran R : I trust you would have read Edgar Allen Poe “Doctor Tarr and Professor Feathers”. In similar way those trying to cure cell addiction are bound to become cell addicts.
[12:14, 1/2/2019] +91 99406 86060: அது என்ன செல் நோய்
[15:19, 1/2/2019] Subbaraman NV: ”செல்” கைப்பேசியை கையை, வாயை, காதை விட்டு அகற்ற முடியாத நோய்.!
In English: What is that Cell disease?
Reply: “Disease in which the Cell phone cannot be taken away from the hand, lips and ears “
Google Guru would say:
“Mobile phone overuse (smartphone addiction, mobile-phone addiction, problem mobile phone use, or mobile phone dependency) is a dependence syndrome seen among mobile phone users. Some mobile phone users exhibit problematic behaviors related to substance use disorders. These behaviors can include preoccupation with mobile communication, excessive money or time spent on mobile phones, use of mobile phones in socially or physically inappropriate situations such as driving an automobile. Increased use can also lead to increased time on mobile communication, adverse effects on relationships, and anxiety if separated from a mobile phone or sufficient signal.
There is some evidence supporting the claim that excessive mobile phone use can cause or worsen health problems.
Germs are everywhere, and considering the number of times people interact with their cellphone under different circumstances and places, germs are very likely to transfer from one place to another. Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at Queen Mary in 2011 indicated that one in six cell phones is contaminated with fecal matter. Under further inspection, some of the phones with the fecal matter were also harboring lethal bacteria such as E. coli, which can result in fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.
According to the article Mobile Phones and Nosocomial Infections, written by researchers at Mansoura University of Egypt, it states that the risk of transmitting the bacteria by the medical staff (who carry their cellphones during their shift) is much higher because cellphones act as a reservoir where the bacteria can thrive.
Cancer, specifically brain cancer, and its correlation with phone use, is under ongoing investigation. Many variables affect the likelihood of hosting cancerous cells, including how long and how frequently people use their phones. There has been no definitive evidence linking cancer and phone use if used moderately, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization said in 2011 that radio frequency is a possible human carcinogen, based on heavy usage increasing the risk of developing glioma tumors. Although a relationship has not been fully established, research is continuing based on leads from changing patterns of mobile phone use over time and habits of phone users. Low level radio frequency radiation has also been confirmed as a promoter of tumors in mice. Minor acute immediate effects of radio frequency exposure have long been known such as the Microwave auditory effect which was discovered in 1962.
Studies show that users often associate using a mobile phone with headaches, impaired memory and concentration, fatigue, dizziness and disturbed sleep. There are also concerns that some people may develop electrosensitivity from excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields, although these symptoms may be primarily psychological in origin due to the nocebo effect.
Using a cell phone before bed can cause insomnia, according to a study by scientists from the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden and from Wayne State University in Michigan. The study showed that this is due to the radiation received by the user as stated, “The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals, components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected.” Additional adverse health effects attributable to smartphone usage include a diminished quantity and quality of sleep due to an inhibited secretion of melatonin.
In 2014, 58% of World Health Organization states advised the general population to reduce radio frequency exposure below heating guidelines. The most common advice is to use hands-free kits (69%), to reduce call time (44%), use text messaging (36%), avoid calling with low signals (24%) or use phones with low specific absorption rate (SAR) (22%). In 2015 Taiwan banned toddlers under the age of two from using mobile phones or any similar electronic devices, and France banned WiFi from toddlers’ nurseries.
As the market increases to grow, more light is being shed upon the accompanying behavioral health issues and how mobile phones can be problematic. Mobile phones continue to become increasingly multifunctional and sophisticated, which this in turn worsens the problem.
According to optician Andy Hepworth, blue violet light, a light that is transmitted from the cell phone into the eye is potentially hazardous and can be “toxic” to the back of the eye. He states that an over exposure to blue violet light can lead to a greater risk of macular degeneration which is a leading cause of blindness.
There are concerns that some mobile phone users incur considerable debt, and that mobile phones are being used to violate privacy and harass others. In particular, there is increasing evidence that mobile phones are being used as a tool by children to bully other children.
There is a large amount of research on mobile phone use, and its positive and negative influence on the human’s psychological mind and social communication. Mobile phone users may encounter stress, sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression, especially young adults. Consistent phone use can cause a chain reaction, affecting one aspect of a user’s life and expanding to contaminate the rest. It usually starts with social disorders, which can lead to depression and stress and ultimately affect lifestyle habits such as sleeping right and eating right.
According to research done by Jean M. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, there is a correlation between mobile phone overuse and depression. According to Twenge and her colleagues, at the same time that smartphones were on the rise, there was also an increase seen in depressive symptoms and even suicides among adolescents in 2010. The theory behind this research is that adolescents who are being raised as a generation of avid smartphone users are spending so much time on these devices that they forgo actual human interaction which is seen as essential to mental health, “The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.” While children used to spend their free time outdoors with others, with the advancement of technology, this free time is seemingly now being spent more on mobile devices.
Psychologist Nancy Colier makes the point that we all have lost sight of what is truly important to us in life. She says that people have become “disconnected from what really matters, from what makes us feel nourished and grounded as human beings.” Our addiction to technology has deterred neurological and relationship development because tech is being introduced to people at a very young age. People have become so addicted to their phones that they are almost dependent on them. Our bodies are not meant to be constantly staring at a screen as we need time to relax our eyes and more importantly our minds. Colier states, “Without open spaces and downtime, the nervous system never shuts down — it’s in constant fight-or-flight mode. “We’re wired and tired all the time. Even computers reboot, but we’re not doing it.”
The amount of time spent on screens appears to have a correlation with happiness levels. A nationally-representative study of American 12th graders funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled Monitoring the Future Survey found that “teens who spent more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on non screen activities are more likely to be happy.” One of the most important findings of this study is how the amount of time spent on non-screen activities versus on screen activities affects the happiness levels of teenagers.
However, while it is easy to see a correlation between cell phone overuse and these symptoms of depression, anxiety, and isolation, it is much harder to prove that cell phones themselves cause these issues. Studies of correlations cannot prove causation because there are multiple other factors that increase depression in people today. Although parents and other figures share these concerns, according to Peter Etchells, a psychologist at Bath Spa University in England, other possible variables must be reviewed as well. Etchells proposes two possible alternative theories: depression could cause teens to use iphones more or teens could be more open to discussing the topic of depression in this day and age.
A survey done by a group of independent opticians reviled that 43% of people under the age of 25 experienced anxiety or even irritation when they were not able to access their phone whenever they wanted. This survey shows the psychological effect that cell phones have on people, specifically young people. Checking a cell phone has become a normal daily event for many people over the years just as getting dressed in the morning is, people don’t feel right when they don’t do it.
Mobile phone overuse can be especially dangerous in certain situations such as texting and driving or talking on the phone while driving. Over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily because of distracted driving. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. The significant number of injuries and accidents from distracted driving can be contributed at least partially to mobile phone overuse. There is currently no national ban on texting while driving, but many states have implemented laws to try to prevent these accidents.
My dear esteemed viewers! What I intended to be on this Sunday story was more on a lighter vein! But so much is there on this subject that I had taken it to very long with 2350 words!
Please do read and let me have your feedback
Till we meet tomorrow GOOD BYE!