Nowadays, mobile phones are a major part of our society, it eases communication with colleagues, friends, and relatives. But every technology that provides such benefits comes with a consequent price. The impact of mobile phones on youth and society is huge. It is this area that requires attention when you are giving your teen a cell phone. Here’s how cell phones affect teenagers:
1. Teen Tendonitis (TTT):
Teenagers are totally addicted to texting, excess messaging can lead to Teen Tendonitis (TTT). It can cause pain in the hands, back and neck due to poor posture. It can also lead to impaired vision and even arthritis down the line.
Studies have proven that teens who spend too much of their time with their cell phones are more prone to stress and fatigue. It can also lead to psychological disorders in some cases.
3. Sleep Loss:
Most of the teens keep their cell phones nearby while sleeping to respond to texts and calls. They feel pressurized to remain reachable around the clock. It leads to sleep interruption and also become irritable when they are sleep deprived.
Teens are more likely to respond to calls, text while driving, and riding than adults. They talk and text on the phone without realizing that it can cost their lives. Studies have proven that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in teens.
5. Increases Anxiety:
Depending on texting as a main mode of communication can increase anxiety in teens. The instant reply by the friend can bring joy and enhance relationships. But in case of delayed response or no response, this same pleasure turns into disappointment.
6. Risk of Cancer:
Research shows that electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones get absorbed in the tissues when we hold the phone for longer times. The nervous systems of teens are still developing and have a greater risk of developing brain cancer from cell phones than adults.
7. Cyber Bullying:
According to research, nearly one-third of the teens are victims of cyberbullying and almost half of the victims do not know the identity of the culprits.