When mobile phones were first launched, they were only use for making calls and sending SMS. But today mobile phones have become smartphones and they have changed our primary concept of a cell phone. They are no longer used for just making calls and sending text messages. Today’s smartphones include a high end camera, GPS navigator, music player and even our own library in hand. With smartphones you can remain connected with your loved ones through social media and internet.
Smartphone Addiction And Teen Health
But these smartphones have their own harms and health risk. One research found that the typical smartphone user check their smartphone 150 times during the wake day. 18 of those times are to simply check the mobile phone’s clock or phone’s battery. 60 percent of teens admit to texting during the class. In a recent study conducted by University of Derby concluded that “Smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning.”
Nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia) is defined as the fear of being out of cell phone contact. Becoming addicted to your phone has become such a real condition that experts have given it a name: “Nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It’s not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their “crackberries” though; it’s more widespread than we realized. Have you thought about how long you can go without checking your cell phone? How about your children and their smartphones?. The anxiety and stress over missing out on a text or Facebook update can take such a toll on peoples’
Smartphone addiction can also be very damaging to our educational standards and exacerbate inequality. Department for Education has revealed a stark increase in the number of children beginning primary school struggling with speech. And children who find it difficult to communicate during their early years are often more likely to struggle at school. This addiction to smartphones is often fueled by “Internet Use Disorder”. The American Psychiatric Association defines this condition as a preoccupation with the Internet and the person suffers withdrawal symptoms when it is removed. It has all the earmarks of a traditional addiction which includes requiring more and more exposure to get the same euphoric feelings and many teens use this addiction as a coping mechanism to alleviate depression.
Smartphones can damage your eyes
Experts have warned, that gazing to smartphones for long hours can cause permanent problem to your eyes. Rates of myopia – otherwise known as short-sightedness – have increased due to high usage of smartphones. Teens in particular are risking their eyesight by spending an average two hours gazing at their phones each day. Research has also shown that the blue-violet light emitted by smartphones could have a toxic effect on the backs of the eyes, leading to macular degeneration and even blindness.
Opticians say that, although “good” blue light (blue-turquoise) is needed to help regulate biological clocks, it is also thought that extensive exposure to blue violet light can disrupting sleep patterns and affect moods. “It’s the combination of not blinking enough and bringing the device closer than you normally look at objects – it strains your eyes.”
How To Stop Smartphone addiction in Your Child
Below are some things you can do to help your child with smartphone addiction:
- Create special no-phone zones: Disallow smartphone use in certain rooms such as the kitchen, bedroom or dining room. Set special times for smartphone usage
- Prepare yourself: This will be a struggle. If your teen is, in fact, a smartphone addict, he or she will do everything to avoid these rules. Set special times — perhaps for two hours after school — when kids can use their smartphones, access social media, play games and chat.
- Try to use his playing with the phone for your own benefit. For example: If he’s playing “Talking Tom,” agree with the kid that if the cat says, “Let’s eat dinner,” he must go eating. If you are familiar with this app, you understand that it’s quite easy to do… This way, you both have fun and also gain a kid eating dinner. But, beware not turning it into habit.
- The best way to deal with the issue of children addicted to cell phones, is to not give them one in the first place.