How Your Cell Phone Usage is Affecting Your Health

· April 4, 2017
Although it's true that your cell phone can lead to health problems, like with any other device, you can avoid issues by using it moderately.

It’s hard to imagine life without cell phones. When you’re in the car, you probably wonder how people got around before GPS, or how people lived without instant communication.

You don’t need a bookshelf for encyclopedias anymore, because you now have more information on your cell phone than ever before.

But their growing ubiquity has raised concerns about what their use may be doing to our health.

Most people’s imaginations go straight to electromagnetic waves. After all, it seems suspicious that such a powerful device could be harmless.

It’s true that radio waves are dangerous to your body. They enter through your ears and skin.

When they get inside your body, electromagnetic waves alter and weaken cell function. Therefore hands-free devices are recommended.

However, cell phone usage comes with other, more immediate concerns.

Find out what they are and take action.

Health problems caused by cell phones

Anxiety

Smartphone notifications keep you on constant alert. There’s always a notification to check, an email to read, or a call to return.


The internet generates such an immense quantity of content that there’s always something to catch your attention.

This creates a significant level of stress, making you be aware of your phone in a way that up until recently would have been unthinkable.

After all, many of us check our phones every few minutes.

That fact makes it a good idea to turn off notifications a few hours per day. This way, besides getting rid of that constant feeling of restlessness, you’ll get used to doing things without always picking up your phone.

If you use your cell phone for work, you should still try this. It’s not good to be at the office 24 hours a day.

Muscle and joint pain

This isn’t the expected answer to the question of what health problems cell phone usage causes, but it’s one of the most common.

When you’re texting or reading something on your cell phone, you tense up your back, neck, and arms. You also repeat the same movements over and over with your wrist and thumbs.

As a result, you get pain in these areas that turn into injuries, sometimes even chronic ones.

To keep this from happening, we recommend rationing your cell phone use while increasing the time you spend exercising.

One of the best forms of exercise for your body is swimming. It’s a full-body sport and works out all major muscle groups.

It’s also good because of the type of activity your muscles perform while swimming. They get stretched and toned, thus treating and preventing at the same time.

Insomnia

We often make the mistake of grabbing our cell phone before going to bed or while we’re already in bed. We think it’s helping us relax, just like reading before going to sleep.

However, the constant updates and notifications capture your attention. Then, the hours pass by without you noticing, and suddenly it’s the middle of the night.

That’s why we recommend setting your device aside at least an hour before bed and dedicating that time to relaxing activities or to the family.

Phantom vibration syndrome

The relationship we have with our cell phone is very intimate and constant. A new syndrome has even arisen because of this.

Phantom vibration syndrome happens when you’re always thinking your device is vibrating, making you check your phone excessively. This interferes with your family and work life.

Establish limits

Your cell phone usage can indeed cause health problems, but they can be prevented by using your device reasonably.

Make an effort to be strict with the limits you give yourself and spend this time on activities you enjoy, whether it’s going to the movies, cooking, reading, dancing, etc.

Explore. There’s nothing better than spending your time doing something you’re passionate about without worry about your notifications.