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Date :  30-Mar-2017

Dr. Pankaj Kumar
MBBS, MD (Psy) (KGMC, LKO) MIPS, MIMA, MIAPP Psychiatrist in east delhi.
PSYCHIATRIST & PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Dangers of Cell Phone Addiction


Cellular phones, one of the greatest inventions in the late 20th century, now have become the newest addiction in the world. Since the smart phone is invented, more and more people are addicted to its entertaining system. Even through cell phone is quite important for many different field of professions, entertainment of mobile phone is now overstep its basic needed in daily life.

Some people even called cell phone “the newest cigarette”, for seeing how people playing with it at once while they have a break.

A new study found that a third of people are willing to give up a week of sex than their cell phone. Of course cell phone is important to some of people because of their job, polices; stockbrokers or doctors might have a great loss if they miss a phone call, cell phone rise their working efficiency obviously, however, is it really important for students that hold a cell phone all day long? It’s reasonable that they would like to contact their family and friends, but if you spend 5 hours staring the screen every day, you must be addicted to your phone.

It is believe that cell phone has greater advantages than its disadvantages, and we shouldn’t stop to use cell phone as a popular communication tool. But when cell phone addiction grows stronger and stronger, people would eventually realize how serious it is. My theory of this essay would be cell phone addiction is becoming the newest addiction and even a global issue that everyone should pay attention to it.

Raising population of cell phone addiction
From a historical perspective, cell phone addiction was showed up at many magazines and newspaper since the smart phone was invented, iphone and blackberry is too popular to resist. Even President Obama was said to be addicted to his Blackberry. Nevertheless, there is some arguments point out that people only use mobile phone for contacting and researching, even though sometimes they went to social networking is just for relaxed, there is no need to be worried about cell phone addiction could have the bad affect to people. In fact, people now are not only using cell phone for calling or texting, also, even the more of them are using cell phone to play games. According to Keith Stuart, who is the famous reporter from the Guardian newspaper, said, “There are over 14 million out of 37 million cell phone subscribers in Korea play mobile games. To put it another way, four out of every 10 people are mobile gamers. More specifically, 2.3 million play mobile games every day, accounting for 6.2 percent of the total cell phone subscribers, including 15 percent of cell phone users in their teens and twenties.” We can see how high the rate of mobile game addicts is. People in 21st century are using more time to play games instead of doing regular calling, most of them are teenagers, they are young and passion, once they are attacked by the new technology, they could no longer be controlled, going to deep to the mobile games would definitely harm you, the same as gambling and drug, they might lost the ability to pull themselves out.
 
Cell phone addiction in family relationship
Even so cell phone addiction does exist and affecting us right now, some journalist don not agree with that it would deeply affect our normal life. Instead, they believe that we shouldn’t be worried about the addiction, we can fix it easily. The author of “It’s a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes”, Jeffrey Tucker is one of the modern technology supporter. He has a theory that modern technology has us all talking to each other, raise our relationship, it can’t be a bad thing. However, cell phone addiction could somehow hurt our relationship, not just for random people, even for couples. Psychology Today, a popular magazine has an article about this topic. A husband of a female patient sent an email to psychology PhD Guy Winch. It talks about the symptom of his wife, she has to put her cell phone beside her every moment, no matter what she’s doing, either watching TV or doing the dishes, she has to play with her phone, also, she’s becoming very fractious, sensitive and stubborn. It really lowers their life quality. Therefore he wrote this email asked for helped. Winch gives him some suggestions to help his wife, in the end, he especially mentions that cell phone addiction could turn into a serious mental disease that we all should be very careful. In a word, cell phone addiction isn’t a piece of cake, if you find yourself sink into your phone, you probably better go see a professional counselor.
 
The relation of road accidents and cell phone addiction
Although people did not pay enough attention with regard to the cell phone problem, is doesn’t mean that the government wouldn’t see it either. There is a low came up with in July, 2008. Oakland’s driver who’s using their cell phone either calling or texting on the road will be punished a lot harder than it used to be. Every year, a huge number of accidents happened on the road caused thousands of people’s life, many of them cause by cell phone. Actually many of people are still used to make a call during driving. According to Drummond, a famous columnist for Bay Area News Group, we addicted to use mobile phone on the road, even we drive with the speed as high as 90 miles/hour, we can’t still get rid of the phone from our hands, there are more than 2000,000 driver was caught by polices that using cell phone in the car, that’s extremely dangerous. But more than the United States, the whole world is addicted to driving call, it’s becoming a global issue that matters life and death. So cell phone addiction might not only hurt you, but also even take your life.
 

Signs and Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction
The recent explosion of iPhones, Androids, and other smartphones has provided people with the ability to access the entirety of the Internet on-the-go and at any given moment. 90% of adults in America own a cell phone, and while this may not be a problem for many people, some individuals develop an addiction to their mobile devices.

Cell phones are constantly being improved by expanding upon their functionalities, which in turn increases the likelihood of overuse and addiction. According to the PEW Research Center, 67% of smartphone owners have admitted to checking their phone for calls or messages when their phone didn’t vibrate or ring.This is one major sign of cell phone dependence and should serve as a warning to cell phone owners.

Although cell phone addiction is not yet listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), research has compared it to gambling addiction, which has clearer diagnostic criteria and is included in the DSM-5.

At least 4 of the following signs and symptoms are thought to comprise criteria for cell phone addiction, and the problematic cell phone overuse must cause significant harm in the individual’s life:

A need to use the cell phone more and more often in order to achieve the same  desired effect.
Persistent failed attempts to use cell phone less often.
Preoccupation with smartphone use.
Turns to cell phone when experiencing unwanted feelings such as anxiety or depression.
Excessive use characterized by loss of sense of time.
Has put a relationship or job at risk due to excessive cell phone use.
Tolerance.
Need for newest cell phone, more applications, or increased use.

 Withdrawal, when cell phone or network is unreachable.
 Anger
 Tension
 Depression
 Irritability
 Restlessness.
If you or a loved one displays these signs and symptoms of cell phone addiction, help is readily available. Call the phone number above to speak with a treatment specialist about various recovery options.

Physical Effects of Addiction
Overuse of your cell phone or smartphone can result in a number of different physical problems that may cause permanent damage or be difficult to treat, including:

Digital eye strain.
The pain and discomfort associated with viewing a digital screen for over 2 hours.
Eyes begin to burn and itch.
Blurred vision.
Eye fatigue.
Digital Eye Strain can cause headaches.

Neck problems.
Also known as “text neck,” which refers to neck pain resulting from looking down at cell phone or tablet for too long.

Increased illnesses due to germs.
1 in 6 cell phones has fecal matter on it.
E. coli bacteria, which can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, is found on many phones.
Phones have been found to be contaminated with MRSA.
Causes painful abscesses.
Life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs.

Car accidents
Many people believe that they can multitask and use their phones while driving, but this causes significant impairment and puts the driver and others on the road in danger.
Research has revealed that texting and driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

Male infertility.
Preliminary studies have revealed that cell phone radiation may decrease sperm count, sperm motility and viability.
Psychological Effects of Cell Phone Addiction

Sleep disturbances
Cell phone addiction has been linked to an increase in sleep disorders and fatigue in users.
Using your cell phone before bed increases the likelihood of insomnia.
Bright light may decrease sleep quality.
Smartphone use could increase amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
Light emitted from the cell phone may activate the brain.

Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Relationship problems.

Offline relationships may suffer as a result of neglect in favor of excessive cell phone and social media use.

Anxiety
Research has found that college students who use their cell phones the most are more likely to feel anxious during downtime.

Am I Addicted to my Smartphone?
This self-assessment is not meant to officially diagnose you with cell phone addiction. If you are concerned about your problematic behaviors, speak to your doctor or mental health professional about possible treatment.13

1. Do you find yourself spending more time on your smartphone than you realize?
2. Do you find yourself mindlessly passing time on a regular basis by staring at your smartphone even though there might be better or more productive things to do?
3. Do you seem to lose track of time when on your cell phone?
4. Do you find yourself spending more time texting, tweeting, or emailing as opposed to talking to real-time people?
5. Has the amount of time you spend on your cell phone been increasing?
6. Do you secretly wish you could be a little less wired or connected to your cell phone?
7. Do you sleep with your smartphone on or under your pillow or next to your bed regularly?
8. Do you find yourself viewing and answering texts, tweets, and emails at all hours of the day and night, even when it means interrupting other things you are doing?
9. Do you text, email, tweet, or surf the internet while driving or doing other similar activities that require your focused attention and concentration?
10. Do you feel your use of your cell phone actually decreases your productivity at times?
11. Do you feel reluctant to be without your smartphone, even for a short time?
12. When you leave the house, you ALWAYS have your smartphone with you and you feel ill-at-ease or uncomfortable when you accidentally leave your smartphone in the car or at home, or you have no service, or it is broken?
13. When you eat meals, is your cell phone always part of the table place setting?
14. When your phone rings, beeps, buzzes, do you feel an intense urge to check for texts, tweets, or emails, updates, etc.?
15. Do you find yourself mindlessly checking your phone many times a day even when you know there is likely nothing new or important to see?

Conclusion
Multi-functional cell phone has given us convenient; pleasure and technology. However, it doesn’t mean it has no negative effect. Mobile phone addiction, “the newest cigarette” in the world, has perplexed many people’s life quality and the relationship with others. No matter how helpful the cell phone is, we cannot ignore it’s bad impact to human-being. In conclusion, cell phone addiction is more dangerous than you thought, while you enjoy playing with its entertainment software, never treat your phone lightly that it consumes your soul in the end.

If you or a loved one is concerned about maladaptive behaviors and feelings associated with cell phone addiction, don’t hesitate to call [phone] to learn more about the treatment options available to you at “THE HEALERS PSYCHIATRY CENTRE.” Psychiatry Centre In East Delhi.
 
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