Nowadays mobile phone is a must for everyone. There have been public concerns about the possible health effects of mobile phone usage receive a lot of attention. Medical researchers continue to examine any health risks associated with mobile phone use. Germs, traffic accidents, cancer, electromagnetic radiation, and health effects such as changes in brain activity and sleep patterns are some of the main health hazards. Until now, there have been debates surrounding possible health effects of mobile phone use. People can avoid the health hazards if they understand the risks and how to avoid these risks.
1. It carries germs
Not only does it carry important data but also germs. Did you know that an average mobile phone user puts the phone in contact where it can pick up germs? Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London found that 1 out of 6 mobile phones is contaminated with some sort of fecal matter, probably because their owners did not wash their hands with soap after using the toilet. Some of the phones were found to harbor E. coli bacteria from fecal origin. If ingested into the body, E. coli can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.
2. Causes Infection
Staph skin infections turn into deep, painful abscesses. The bacteria might remain confined to the skin, or burrow deeper into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs.
If your hands are dirty, your phone is most likely contaminated with same type of bacteria. People are advised to wash their hands with soap and water. Use a hand sanitizer, clean your mobile phone with cloths and wipes safe to use on your device.
3. Mobile Phones and Traffic Hazards
Did you know that people also put themselves in dangerous situations with phones in hand? Using mobile phone while driving is extremely dangerous. The driver’s attention is taken away when driving more frequently for longer periods of time. Distractions while driving makes it dangerous. Younger, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 may be at a higher risk; they have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
However, it’s not just the drivers who are causing dangerous situations on the road, pedestrians are also causing trouble. A study published in Injury Prevention last year says that one in three pedestrians is distracted by a mobile device while crossing busy streets. This type of distraction could lead to accidents that injure the pedestrian and/or drivers.
Traffic accidents are preventable. By simply putting their phone away while driving or crossing the street, drivers and pedestrians can prevent accidents. They should wait until they are stationary before making a phone call, sending a text message, or sending an email.
4. Mobile Phones and Eye Health
Do you know what small text and bright screens do to your eyes? It strains them. Hand held devices are designed for reading at a close range. Thus, user’s eyes must constantly refocus and reposition to process the graphics and text on screen.
As digital use increases, so do potential vision problems, including eye strain. There are symptoms of digital eye strain. These include eye redness or irritation, dry eyes, blurred vision, back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
You can prevent digital eye strain by reducing glare, cleaning the screen, and dimming the surrounding lighting. Keep an adequate distance between eyes and the screen or increase the text size. Take a break when looking at the screen. Take 20-second breaks every 20 minutes while using an electronic device.Nov 2015