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Cell phones: our mobile enemy

By Tori Nix

 

Most people have a cell phone. Whether it’s the latest brand of the iPhone or a simple flip-top, it’s still a phone. Yet, very few people will admit to having nomophobia, or fear of being without mobile technology and lost contact with the outside world.

Nomophobia, a shorter term for “Nomobile-phone phobia”, is a growing fear in the U.S. and other countries. In Britain, a study showed that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from the phobia, and an additional 9% felt stressed when their phones were turned off. In the United States, sixty-six percent of all adults suffer from nomophobia.

Symptoms for nomophobia include feeling anxious when the phone isn’t near you, constantly checking for a new text,and having the compulsion of texting back immediately; phantom vibrations, loss of concentration towards other people (because you’re checking your Facebook (Twitter, etc) and just plain out ignoring them), and failing in school due to having your phone out in class.

Cell phones can also cause physical and mental problems such as “text neck” and “iPad shoulder”;they can interfere with a child’s normal development when they should be learning patience. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified mobile phone radiation as possibly carcinogenic.

Cell phone addiction can be “cured” by taking a walk and leaving the phone at home, monitoring your phone usage and use it only that much daily, and doing outdoor activities without your phone. Your phone isn’t a child; it doesn’t need attention every second.

Cell phone addiction is becoming a big problem in teens and adults. So many people can’t live without their phones. Literally. It’s a horrible trend that is slowly damaging our bodies.

 

(Sources: www.phonearena.com, www.psychologytoday.com, www.thenational.ae)

 

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