New Mobile phone illnesses

mobile phone illnesses

So far, people have debated whether mobile radiations can cause brain cancer or not. But recently, a new spectrum of diseases related to the use of mobile phones has come to the notice of medical profession and it is anticipated that 10 years from now they will take an epidemic shape. Take a look:

Computer vision syndrome: It occurs in 90% of the people who use computers for more than 3 hours at a stretch. It leads to a drying of the eyes and a headache. This can be prevented with a 20-second break after every 20 minutes, and also look at a distance of 10 feet for these 20 seconds.

Blackberry thumb: This is an inflammation of the tendons in the thumb leading to pain. This can be prevented by alternatively using fingers while texting on a Blackberry phone.

Stiff neck occurs due to constant use of mobile in one hand with the neck flexed. It can be prevented by alternative shifting the phone from one hand to another.

Cellphone elbow is a pain in the elbow because of the stretching of the ulnar nerve through use of the mobile phone in a flexed position. Using hands–free set can prevent this.

Nomophobia (literally meaning, ‘no mobile phobia’ – meaning that a person always fears losing his or her phone) is present in 50% of the mobile users and is a type of mobile addiction.

Ringxiety is the anxiety resulting from to not receiving a call in the previous 30 minutes. It is present in 30% of the mobile users.

Phantom ringing is present in 20–30% of mobile users. You can feel that your phone is ringing but, when you check, it is actually not ringing.

Social site addiction: With the growing popularity of smartphones, one is addicted to Facebook, Internet, Twitter and other such applications. These can cause insomnia, fragmented sleep, etc.

After TV, Facebook is the No.-2 cause of relational disharmony within the family and is present in 20% of all houses.
The smartphone is a cause for parent–child conflict in 30% of the cases. Often, children stay up late and go to school unprepared. On an average, people spend 30–60 minutes in bed playing with their smartphones before sleeping.

Prevention

·  Electronic curfew means not using any electronic gadgets 30 minutes before sleep.

·   Facebook holiday: Take a Facebook holiday for seven days every three months.

·    Social media fast: Avoid use of social media once in a week for the entire day.

·    Use your mobile phone only when mobile.
·    Do not use a computer for more than three hours in a day.
·    Limit your mobile talk time to not more than two hours in a day.

·      Do not recharge your mobile battery more than once in a day.

The mobile can also be a source of infection in the hospital setup; therefore, it needs to be disinfected everyday

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