Research Blog 6.

Time For Digital Detox

The first article that I have decided to discuss highlights the need for a digital detox within the younger generation, i.e college students, adolescents etc. It covers the negative effects mobile phone use has on an individual. For example, when college students multi-task with mobile phones in classrooms, research indicates it may hamper their ability to pay attention. This behavior, research suggests, has become more habitual, automatic, and distracting. I found it extremely interesting how a mobile phone can play such a huge part in the life of so many students albeit in a negative way. From this particular research, it appears that students are not willing to simply give up their mobile phones in class and would continue to try to phub even if classroom policies banned their possession or use. The dictionary defines ‘phubbing’ as the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or another mobile device. When students understand the need to have a mobile phone policy and can help to set that policy for a class, they may be more likely to comply. Although many of the offending students may not be aware that their behavior is causing a distraction for their classmates, or that phubbing could be a problem for the instructor. However, this article would suggest that having a mobile phone policy in place is not enough.

Mobile Phone Effects On Teenagers

My second article goes into the negative effects mobile phone use can have on teenagers. I feel this topic is extremely important to highlight as it applies to the majority of households today. Effects such as Teen Tendonitis (TTT), stress, sleep loss, accidents, increased anxiety, the risk of cancer and cyber-bullying all contribute towards the negativity that surrounds mobile phone use. Two of the most serious effects I wanted to highlight was accidents and the risk of cancer in later life. Firstly, 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. The U.S. Government driving website has proven that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in teens. Secondly, in relation to cancer, research shows that electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones get absorbed in our 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.

Texting and Driving Accidents

My third and final source deals with the relationship between mobile phone use and car accidents. Having read this article I will certainly think twice about grabbing my mobile phone the next time I am driving. Nowadays, smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But they can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, etc. while driving. Cell phone distraction rates were alarmingly high in 2016. Here are some of the numbers:

  • Mobile phone use while driving accounts for 1.6 million crashes per year.
  • Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
  • Of all mobile phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
  • 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
  • Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.

These statistics really opened my eyes to how many deaths could be avoided each year with a little more mobile phone distraction awareness.

The connections I am noticing between all my sources lead me to believe mobile phone use is far more negative than positive with it ultimately being labelled a distraction in most situations. When doing further research in the future, I will be sure to find out about mobile phone radiation and if it increases the risks of cancer in teens. Finally, the more my topic is developing the more knowledge I am gaining in relation to integrating what I am learning into my own life for optimum health.


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