Health hazards of mobile phones

While most people think that mobile phones could cause cancer, this isn’t the only health hazard that has been reported. We all are probably so addicted to our phones that we are unknowingly destroying our health. Here are some health risks of mobile phones you should be aware of:

Cancer

As reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), mobile phones emit radiofrequency (RF) fields a 1000 times greater than what is emitted from base stations. It’s obvious that this increased emission is likely to have some adverse effect on health of users. Although there is no clear evidence suggesting that exposure to RF fields increases the risk of cancer, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified RF as a possible carcinogen in humans.

Sleep disorders

Somehow night-time has always been favourite among regular chatting and gossiping freaks. But do you know that’s the main reason why you are sleep deprived? Several studies have concluded this.

Major contributing factors to interrupted sleep pattern are getting awakened in the middle of the night due to mobile rings and vibration and increased use of mobiles post-evening until midnight.

Increased accident-risk

Whether you’re an iPhone, flip phone or a Blackberry user, the chances that you check your phone aggressively while traveling is undoubtedly higher. Be it while driving or while crossing the road, mobile phone can be a potential distraction.

Heart problems

Radiation from cell phones is not only associated with cancer but also with chronic diseases like heart problems.

Infertility

Beware men! Your phone can even make you infertile. As of now there’s enough evidence to show that mobile phone radiation decreases sperm count in male rats. To identify whether the same holds true in humans.

Hearing impairment

Today, every alternate person on the street has earphones plugged in. But that’s not the only reason why hearing loss is increasing in youth and adults. Your mobile radiation is an additional factor that’s making you deaf. Studies report that long-term exposure to electromagnetic (EM) field from cell phones contributes to reducing hearing function.

Eye problems

A lot of people use their mobiles to read e-books, do web surfing, etc apart from texting. When you do so, the glaring screen and small font size put a lot of strain on your eyes, especially if you’re reading in the dark. Mobile devices have a smaller screens so you tend squint or open up your eyes wide open and blink lesser number of times. This can cause dry eyes irritation and reddening.

Skin allergies

Most mobile phones have a typical metallic sheen to make them look more attractive. Such phone contain potential skin allergies like nickel, chromium and cobalt which cause cell phone dermatitis.

Infections

How many of you use your phones in the restroom? Here’s a good reason why you shouldn’t. Cell phones not only serve as a home for your valuable data but also carry millions of infectious organisms. A study found that mobile devices are highly contaminated with organisms from fecal origin.

Stress

The general desperate nature of people to be available 24/7 on their mobiles is responsible to their exponentially increasing stress levels.

 

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