Why cell phones are harmful to students

If you knew that cell phones can cause cancer, would you still use it? It is a fact, and there are many more health hazards are caused by cellphones, yet it is the most used gadget with over 3.5 billion users in 2020. Indeed, statistics show on average teens spend over 7 hours daily on this cellular gadget. Cellphones should be deemed a hazard to students’ health and education. Not only does it cause physical side effects, but it leads to mental health issues. In addition, it has a negative impact on students’ academic performance. Therefore, explaining why it is dangerous and harmful to students.

Cellphones cause many physical side effects. This communication technology emits a form of non-ionizing radiation, radio waves. Therefore, when phones are held against the body, energy is absorbed by the nearby tissues and can cause a tumour. In fact, in 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified this radiation as possibly carcinogenic, which means it has the potential to cause cancer. Additional research shows that there is a greater chance with long-term, heavy use of cell phones. However, results of a 2016 Media Report found that 50 percent of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices and this percentage continues to grow.

Furthermore, according to PBS org, 80 percent of teens admitted using their phones when they were supposed to be sleeping. In addition, the cellphone itself emits blue light that restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls the sleep-wake pattern, making it harder to fall and stay asleep. Moreover, cellphones causes eye strain and dry eyes because of the decrease in blinking, and it also leads to obesity due to inactivity. Thus, showing the harm of cellphones to students’ physical health.

The mental health of students is at risk with the use of cellphones. Cellphones have been proved to cause these issues among teens by changing their psychological behaviour. For example, cell phones can be compared to drugs according to S S Alavi, PhD. of Clinical Psychology. This addictive gadget like drugs results in a positive feedback loop; a closed chain of cause and effect that acts to destabilize a system. For example, cellphones are said to help cope with loneliness and depression by helping pass time; however, the use of cellphones increases stress and depression. Thus, leading to greater use, and creating a harmful, growing loop.

Likewise, a 2014 study found a correlation between

high social media use and anxiety and depression. But, how does using cellphones lead to anxiety and depression? These illnesses result from cyberbullying and social media. Youth are bullied online and they compare themselves to other youth on social media that seem to have a perfect life. In addition, there is the concept of fear of missing out, known as FOMO. This increases stress levels because youth feel like they need to be on social media and respond immediately. As a result, these mental health issues arise and increase suicide rates.

All in all, it concludes that these phones have a negative psychological effect on children. Cellphones should be considered a hazard to students’ education. Since cellphones cause an increase in sleep deprivation as previously mentioned, this leads to fatigue and stress which decreases the ability of students to grasp information and stay concentrated. On the contrary, many may argue that phones can be helpful learning tools in classrooms; however, students can use them to cheat.

Furthermore, not only do these devices distract the students who own the cellphones because they urge to use them, but likewise they become a distraction to others as cell phone alarms disrupt the flow of lessons. Moreover, one of the biggest side effects of youth using phones is that it prevents the development of social skills. It leads to fewer face-to-face discussions and learning opportunities. However, learning to work with others and communicate well are important aspects of students’ education, and can be lost with too much dependence on cell phones. In short, having a negative impact on students’ academic performance.

In conclusion, cell phones should be recognized as a threat to students’ health and education. These technological devices create a negative effect on students’ physical and mental wellbeing. Additionally, it has a bad influence on students’ learning. Ultimately, proving why cellphones are a harmful technology to students and should stop being used.