Your Smartphone and Your Health

If you aren’t smart about using your smartphone, walking into a lamppost may not be the only thing you’re risking.








Hearing Problems         



If you regularly listen to music at high volume using your phone’s earbuds, you risk damaging the delicate cells of your inner ears and causing permanent hearing loss.


Eye Strain


Look up...look around! Intensive use of smartphones, with their small screens, can lead to blurred vison and dry eyes. Take a break every 20 minutes to rest your eyes, and hold your phone comfortably at arm’s length. 


Neckache, and Headache



The tilted head and bent neck common to the smartphone user can lead to “tech neck,” causing pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.


Road Accidents


Using a phone while driving triples your chances of an accident; texting increases your chances 23 times.




Too much texting can put you at risk for developing tendinitis of the thumbs or index fingers. Pain in the wrist, finger, or forearm is a warning sign.




The blue light emitted by the smartphone’s screen suppresses the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.


Phantom Vibes


Feeling your phone vibrate or ring when it isn’t doing either isn’t uncommon— but it might be a warning sign that you’re becoming addicted to your phone.


Your Brain at Risk?


Research hasn’t answered the question definitively, but the World Health Organization (WHO) currently considers cellphone radiation potentially carcinogenic.


Separation Anxiety


Can’t go a day without texting, checking Facebook, or playing your favourite game? Could be another sign of addiction!

 Illustrations: iStock.

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