By Kyle Innelli and Stephen Eder
Phones are the essential part of our generations daily routine. We use them in every aspect of our lives. Since 2000, cell phone subscriptions have increased by 4 times from 100 million to 400 million users. With the popular demand comes downsides, through physical, psychological, and even social repercussions. Our generation is at risk for multiple severe backlashes.
With all the power and use built up in that tiny device, looking at it the wrong way or using it too often can lead to bad posture, which affects your mood. In an article, “ Your iPhone is Ruining Your Posture – And Your Mood” by Amy Cuddy, a New Zealand Physiotherapist, Steve August, claims, “The average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. When we bend our necks forward 60 degrees, as we do to use our phones, the effective stress on our neck increases to 60 pounds — the weight of about five gallons of paint.” Every time you use your phone, trying to find the perfect angle, you give your head about 6 times the load of weight it should normally be holding. This can bring you a lot of stress, affecting your daily mood every day.
Cellular devices have a large risk of radiation exposure. With the radiation, cancer tumors can be developed. People are putting these devices up to their heads everyday and aren’t aware of the risk they may be taking. On an article titled “Cellular Phones and How They Can Cause Cancer”, the author describes how the specific type of radiation can affect the human body and how certain tumors can develop. In the article it states “Cell phones (including smartphones) give off a form of energy known as radiofrequency (RF) waves, so some concerns have been raised about the safety of cell phone use. With respect to cancer, concern focuses on whether cell phones might increase the risk of brain tumors or other tumors in the head and neck area.” This evidence supports the thesis that people are at risk for cancer tumors from a substantial amount of cell phone usage. Factors such as amount of time used by the consumer and the amount of cell phone traffic in the area can affect the odds of the tumors being more common. These factors may change your life drastically.
The fact that so many people are unaware of these causes may affect their health and future. This has an affect on all of the 327.5 million phone subscribers, and everyone who owns and uses a cellular device in the world. With just a few simple changes, it can make a huge difference.
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