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.


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.


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


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






Feedly – create your own newspaper!


Using Feedly is much like opening a newspaper that you have created yourself, with only sites you want to look at. Feedly pulls together the sites you like, and presents them to you in one place, right up to date with the latest content.

Feedly is tremendously useful for anyone who wishes to stay informed about the very latest news on their subject, or anything for that matter.  It will benefit you to experience this kind of software as it is becoming an increasingly common way to help people sift through the mountains of data created every day, to find what is useful to you.

NB: you can search for and add UK based sites if you wish.


Download the Feedly app onto your device (smart phone/iPad), OR open it on your PC/Mac.  

The  web version on your desktop computer and the app versions work and look very similar.

If you want to use the desktop version: Use the Google Chrome browser. Go here and sign up, sign in, and have a play.

  • We suggest you select ‘Continue with feedly’ when setting up a Feedly account, unless you are an experienced Facebook user, or have a Google account you are used to using:


  • The ‘Discover and Follow’ button is you friend and the way to get back to the search bar.


  • Search for sites you wish to add to your feed, and click on the green cross. screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-17-13-17
  • Create a ‘New Collection’ or add it to one you already have.



Using the app version – this is what the app version looks like. 

To gain your credit today, install Feedly on your phone/device, OR go directly to it via your PC/Mac, find something of interest to your discipline, grab a link, and post it in the reply/comments section on this blog, just like yesterday.

To grab a link from Feedly, click on an article that you have found, and look for a paperclip icon – click it and the link will be copied and ready to paste into this blog. Use the Google Chrome browser if you’re doing it on a desktop computer.


NB: Your comment/reply will not appear straight away as they need to be approved.


You can also contribute to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #5DoDL