Cell Phones

Vivian Labs

How would it make you feel if the thing closest to you was doing immense damage? Cell phones, which are a given nowadays on almost every person, are majorly problematic for a variety of reasons. Cell phones cause issues for several reasons, some obvious and some not.

Almost any parent today will say that their child spends too much time on their phones. That is obvious. According to The Washington Post, the average teenagers spend nine hours a day stuck to their cellular devices. Teenagers also become a danger to themselves and others when this addiction continues while driving. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University studied brain waves of drivers using cell phones and discovered that just listening to a conversation reduced the brain activity devoted to driving by 37 percent. This is an outrageous phenomenon, that doesn’t seem likely to die off soon. This is not a hidden problem though, because people are walking around all over the world on their phones constantly.

There are some hidden consequences of this awful habit our society has fallen into though. Cell phones seem to be a source of concern for health reasons. According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12.5 percent of children and adolescents 6 to 19 years old have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise through MP3-enabled devices. Researchers at Ondokuz Mayis University looked closely at the phones of 200 health care workers in hospitals for dangerous germs. It was found that 94.5 percent of the phones tested were polluted with bacteria. Cell phones can cause children and teenagers to grow up with a dependency on their phones, inhibiting them from developing successful social, mental, and personal skills as well as they should. Individuals and their obsessions with cell phones is a prominent danger to themselves and others around them.