Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory took brains scans of 47 participants that at the moment were healthy. After they held a cellphone on one of their ears for 50 minutes, changes were already vivid. Each of the cellphone devices were muted, which means that the brain changes were not based on listening to the sounds transmitted on the phone.
Even though these devices have been proven to be partially harmful, cellphones can actually benefit and protect you brain too.
World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer opened to the public in May 2010, with an article that explained the discovery that cellphone use diminished the risk of glioma, a form of brain cancer, by 19%. Not to be confused with other cancer diseases that can possibly be caused by the significant amount of radiation one is exposed to glioma is not easily caught since radiation caused my cellphones is not large.
Although it is now known that phone exposure can be helpful at times, it is not recommendable to rely on this statement as an excuse to use cell phones excessively. Since obsessions can begin easily, especially with something that you use primarily or everyday, its good to have a slight disconnection between your phone and personal life.
A study by SecurEnvoy shows that people use their cell phones about 34 times a day, but obsession to these devices can affect social aspects of a person’s life. To be specific, there is a type of phobia, or obsession called Nomophobia, in which a person can’t stand to live or be anywhere without the company of mobile device. This obsession is mainly made up of thoughts of fear and insecurity of not being able to answer calls or texts. This affects one’s brain to the extent of bringing their phone absolutely everywhere, even to the bathroom.
According to the participants of the study done by SecurEnvoy, 75% of the participants use their cellphones in the bathroom. The study also proved that the younger you are, the more likely you are to suffer from Nomophobia. Women are also proven to be getting attacked my Nomophobia, more than men. Yes, there are people who have to use certain apps on their smartphones to manage work, or to organize their lives, and that is not “bad”, but again, once in a while drop your phone and do something productive that will disconnect your mind from phone use.
In conclusion, diseases like Nomophobia, can be avoidided by reducing the amount of time that you are on your cell phone. Remember, glioma is reduced by using cellphones, but nomophobia is increased by the use too.
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