Mobile Phones and Your Health

Before we start, you may have noticed that a couple of blog posts have been published earlier than anticipated this week.  Yesterday I sent the ‘5 mins more…‘ post a day earlier than I meant to.  It happened earlier in the week also. Sorry about that, the WordPress site we use has a button that says ‘Update’ on it,  which is essentially a ‘save’ button. Occasionally this very same button changes it’s function to ‘Publish’. It’s the same button, same place and the same colour. I habitually manually save as I go – too many scars – and this multi-function button is catching me out. Sorry if this has caused any confusion.

OK, here we go:

Not everyone has a mobile phone, or for that matter a smart phone, this much we understand. If you are one of these people, I hope you will still be entertained and informed by today’s post.

I’ve added quite a few links to webpages in this blog post, more than usual. Clearly if you read all of them it would take you beyond the 5 min time period allotted. Pick an area that you are interested in and read some of the pages I’ve linked to.

To summarise  (not much of this will surprise you):

  • Fatal car crashes related to mobile phone use are skyrocketing – and you will go to prison for a long time if you cause one.
  • The link between brain tumours and mobile phones is as yet inconclusive.
  • Your eyes will suffer if you look at any screen for too long.
  • We are becoming psychologically addicted to our phones.

Mobile Phones and Driving

‘Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.’
Jim Morrison

I’ve had a good surf around the web to find statistics on mobile phone related car crashes, and as usual there’s more stats out there for the US than UK – but all webpages seem to agree that it is a massive and under reported problem (Business Insider and Brake).

Recent changes to the law mean that, if convicted of minor mobile phone related offences, you can face up to six points on your license plus a £200 fine. It’s cheaper and safer to invest in a hands-free kit.

Just out of interest here’s a fascinating, if morbid, site detailing what you’re most likely to die from if you’re an American.

Mobile phones and Your Head

 

There’s some information on the Cancer Research website if you wish to dig deeper.

Nomophobia

An increasing number of studies are showing that we are becoming psychologically addicted to our phones. The word nomophobia was coined in 2010 during a study commissioned by the UK Postal Service. It describes people who exhibit signs of anxiety if they do not have their phone with them, if their phone is running out of charge, or haven’t looked at it for in the last few minutes. If you’re interested, have a look at the All about counselling page and Nomophobia: A rising trend in students to test yourself to see if you have nomophobia.

Mobile Phones/Screens and Your Eyes

Prolonged periods of look at any screen can cause damage to our eyes. Have a look at Keeping your eyes in a digital world and keep the  20-20-20 suggestion in mind.

Activity:

Find us some trustworthy UK statistics on mobile phones and traffic incidents (that are not published in newspapers).

and/or

Post any tips or sites with details of how to stay healthy in the digital world.

 

 

 

 

 

108 thoughts on “Mobile Phones and Your Health

  1. Nicole March 15, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Since I use a computer so much for work I always like to have a break as much as I can from looking at a screen, especially away from work. So I’ll read books, magazines, never used a Kindle. Prefer to write and send cards i.e. for birthday’s, rather than send a text/email. And be out and about and living my life, instead of looking at Facebook and staring at another screen reading about someone else’s life. Plus I love enjoying the moments and being present, instead of looking through a lens/screen and taking photo’s to show others. It’s about balance I reckon; digital technology in moderation, like most things is key.

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  2. Neema Trivedi-Bateman April 25, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I’ll be encouraging myself, my friends, and my family to:

    Choose face-to-face conversations or solitude as well as mobile phone usage
    Match mobile phone time to face-to-face time
    Take the opportunity when on holiday abroad to leave the phone at home/in my bag
    Charge my phone overnight out of reach from my bed

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  3. Matt McConkey June 16, 2017 / 8:47 am

    (I missed this one)

    On mobile phone use while driving:

    “You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.
    (http://www.bmj.com/content/331/7514/428)

    Your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive than if you drink drive, and this increases to three times if you use a handheld phone.
    (https://www.iamroadsmart.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/don't-poke-me-i'm-driving.pdf)”

    (from Dept. for Transport’s Think! road safety campaign: http://think.direct.gov.uk/mobile-phones.html)

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