Whenever a new cell phone comes out, people are rushing to the nearest store to pick one up or logging into their online account to order it and schedule a shipment to their home or place of business. People have enjoyed using cell phones for years because of the many benefits they offer, such as quick and easy communication and instant internet access, but have you ever stopped to consider the risks associated with their use?
Cell phones, like many electronics have their drawbacks. The biggest one being that there are several risks people are taking when using them. Of course, running up a high bill that you can't really afford is a risk, but the amount of money you happen to spend on your phone isn't all that important when you look at how it can affect your health.
1. Increased risk of illness in immune system.
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Think about all of the things that you touch throughout the day. Now think about how many times you wash your hands or even bother to clean off your phone screen. You may not have realized it, but your phone is a playground for disease-causing germs. Between the oils and germs on your hands, unless you are constantly washing your phone screen and hands, you are continuing to put yourself at risk of illness and even catching the common cold.
2. Increased risk of chronic pain.
You use your hands to perform a variety of activities throughout the day, including operating your cell phone. This constant use of your hands, specifically for your cell phone can cause issues. You may experience pain and inflammation in your joints. Your back is also at risk, but only if you tend to hold your phone between your shoulders and your neck in an attempt to free your hands to complete other tasks.
3. Increased risk of issues with vision.
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In order to use your cell phone, you have to look at the screen. Due to the size of the screen and its brightness, you are constantly straining your eyes and squinting to get things done. Nowadays, screens are bigger than what they used to be, but there are still many instances where you will find yourself straining to read what is on the screen and that can lead to problems with your vision down the line.
4. Increased risk of contact dermatitis.
People are allergic to a number of things, including the materials cell phones are made of like nickel. Exposing yourself to this material may leave you with a case of contact dermatitis. Some people may be aware of their allergy to the metals in cell phones, but for those who are not, they may experience repeated cases and constantly exhibit symptoms, such as redness, rashes and blisters. If you even suspect that you are allergic, speak to a dermatologist, but also consider getting a case for your phone to protect your skin and reduce direct contact with the actual phone.
5. Increased risk of damaged hearing.
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Everyone has listened to music on their phone at some point, whether it be while going for a run, walk or working out at the gym. Think about how loudly you were playing the music and how your ear felt after you removed the headphones. If your ears felt a little funny, it's probably because you had your music too loud. Blasting your music can make your listening experience a bit more fun, but it can cause permanent damage to your hearing if you keep it up.
6. Increased risk of phantom pocket vibration syndrome
People often place their phones in their pockets and react when they feel a vibration, but when they go to check their phone, they realize it didn't vibrate. Phantom pocket vibration syndrome sounds silly, but it is a real thing and is caused by constant cell phone usage. People have become so dependent on their phones for staying in contact with people and being kept in the loop about what it going on in the world that they feel vibrations when there are none and actually become anxious when they don't feel their phone going off in their pockets.