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Excessive Phone Usage Impact On Human

Human civilization has come a long way and has developed at a rapid pace since the turn of the millennium.


This is primarily due to the fact that innovation and technology experienced an absolute boom which, in turn, introduced a new wave of devices and gadgets that uplifted the overall standard of living of an average human being. One such device is a smartphone.


Communication has become very convenient due to the introduction of smartphones. People can obtain global news regardless of their present location and demographic restrictions.


Smartphones have helped various businesses to break the geographical barrier and connect with a global audience base.


 It has also helped students worldwide as various videos, DIY instructions, skill development classes, etc. can be availed at a single tap on the screen.


However, there are various disadvantages to the use of smartphones that people should take into consideration. The primary limitation of smartphones is that it reduces the memory retention ability of individuals.


The human mind consistently seeks essential data that fulfills the requirement of an individual. Likewise, the attention span of the people is adversely affected in the long run.


Moreover, there are a multitude of health issues that are coupled with the overutilization of smartphones.


This article aims to identify some critical information about mobile usage consumption and how it adversely affects human health and lifestyle. Read on to find out more!

Smartphone Usage & Radiation Level

Technology is getting better and cheaper day by day, and smartphones are one of those blessings. The cheaper the smartphone is, the more users it will get, hence stats like given below rises. It is a fact that different brands have a different level of radiation and it purely depends on what quality of components the brand is using. 

In this section we will explore:

  • Number of smartphone users from 2016 to 2021
  • Consumption of mobile usage among different age group
  • The phones emitting the most radiation
Number of Smartphone & Radiation Level
Number of Smartphone & Radiation Level

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Smartphone Users and their overall Consumption

With the advancement in the field of technology, the usage and consumption pattern of smartphones has also increased considerably in the decade or so.

As per a recent study conducted, it has been established that the number of smartphone users jumped from 2.5 Billion in 2016, 2.7 Billion in 2017, 2.9 Billion in 2018, 3.2 Billion in 2019, and 3.5 Billion in 2020.


The figure is estimated to reach 3.8 Billion by the end of 2021.


Smartphone usage also varies as per the age of the user. In 2017, it was registered that children under the age of 2 years spent an average of 42 minutes on smartphones


Infants who do not have the ability to process information effectively are also exposed to the ordeal of smartphones.


Children within the age group of 2-4 and 5-8 years, on the other hand, spent 2 hours and 39 minutes and 2 hours and 59 minutes respectively on an average only on mobile phones.

The figure increased by a substantial amount by the end of 2019.


Children within the age bracket of 8-12 and 13-18 years consumed a whopping 4 hours and 44 minutes and 7 hours and 22 minutes respectively on their mobile devices every day. 


This factor is of significant concern as mobile devices emit harmful radiation that affects human health adversely on many levels.

The radiation level generated by mobile devices depends on the brand and the manufacturer concerned. Some of the most prevalent mobile devices that generate a significant amount of radiation have been identified below:

  1. Xiaomi Mi A1 - 1.75 watts/kilogram
  2. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 - 1.58 watts/kilogram
  3. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G - 1.56 watts/kilogram
  4. OnePlus 6T - 1.55 watts/kilogram
  5. HTC U12 life - 1.48 watts/kilogram
  6. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 - 1.45 watts/kilogram
  7. Xperia XA2 Plus - 1.41 watts/kilogram
  8. Google Pixel 3 XL - 1.39 watts/kilogram
  9. Xiaomi Mi 9/9 SE - 1.39 watts/kilogram
  10. iPhone 7 - 1.38 watts/kilogram
  11. Xperia XZ1 Compact - 1.36 watts/kilogram
  12. HTC Desire 12/12+ - 1.34 watts/kilogram
  13. Xiaomi Mi 9T - 1.34 watts/kilogram
  14. Google Pixel 3 - 1.33 watts/kilogram
  15. iPhone 8 - 1.32 watts/kilogram

Therefore, it is critical that an individual takes into consideration the radiation level of a phone before making the final decision of purchase. The obsession with smartphones has reached a whole new level among the present demographic.


  • More than 70% of people check their mobile devices within the first hour of waking up in the morning.
  • 56% of people check their mobile devices before going to sleep.
  • 48% of people are active on their mobile devices during the weekend.
  • Moreover, 51% of people check their mobile phones consistently while being on vacation.
  • Platforms such as Facebook [52%], Whatsapp [15%]. Instagram [6%], are dominating the market as a large number of people use these applications on every basis.
  • 39% of people use smartphones for e-reading purposes.

Such is the impact of smartphones on the present human society.

Excessive Phone Usage And Its Impact on Human Health

Impact Of Gadgets On Health

No doubt technology makes life better but this innovation comes at a cost. There are various types of health impact which is associated with smartphones; check the statistics given below for better understanding.

In this section we will explore:

  • Effects of gadget on health
  • Do people think mobile phone radiation affects human health?
  • Disease caused due to mobile phone usage
Impact Of Gadgets On Health
Impact Of Gadgets On Health

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Excessive Phone Usage and its Impact on Human health

It is a known fact that over consumption of mobile phones adversely affects human health


According to a recent survey, 97 people out of 100 agreed to the fact that mobile phone usage and radiation damages human health. 


The most common diseases caused due to the exposure of mobile phones are listed below:


  1. Damages Hearing Function - 80%
  2. The occurrence of Brain Tumor - 74%
  3. Causes Heart Disease - 45%
  4. Results in Male Infertility - 37%
  5. Negatively effects on Fetus - 21%
  6. Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease - 11%
  7. Stimulates Parkinson’s Disease - 3%

Common side effects of overutilization of mobile phones include:


  • Consistent headaches
  • Disruption of hearing due to the use of earbuds
  • Causes the eyes to become dry
  • Results in the soreness of the eyes
  • Disrupts sleep patterns as the melatonin is affected
  • Increases the tension in facial muscles
  • Influences Phantom Cellphone Vibration Syndrome
  • Sore fingers from texting
  • Pain in shoulder and neck muscles
  • Damages the natural posture of an individual
  • Causes dizziness and affects the vision of the user

Medical professionals strongly recommend limiting the use of mobile phones.


More than 97% of Doctors agree to the fact that smartphone usage disrupts human health in the long run based on the observations from their patients. 3% of Doctors disagreed with this fact.


Overutilization of mobile phones has increased issues related to fertility primarily for men. 


More than 30% of sperm is damaged due to radiation exposure from mobile phones. Smartphone usage also limits the functioning ability of the heart by 50%. 


WHO also reported that 40% of brain tumors are caused due to the utilization of smartphones! According to our survey, the effect generated on brain tumors is close to 76%.


How to limit the radiation factor emitted by smartphones?


There are several measures that can be incorporated to limit the ill effects of smartphones. People should avoid keeping their smartphones in their trouser pockets


Avoid using smartphones for an extended time period. The use of headphones and earbuds should also be limited. Women who are expecting should keep mobile devices away from their stomachs. 


Children should also avoid using smartphones, especially while attending classes and lectures. It is beneficial to take a break while using a smartphone every 20 minutes.


Various governing authorities should also take up the initiative to spread awareness about the disadvantage of smartphone consumption.


Various seminars and workshops should be conducted where the general public is educated about the limitations of smartphones


Mobile towers should be set up in isolated areas to eliminate issues related to radiation.

Popular Smartphone Activities And Their Impact On People

Reason And Impact Of Smartphones

Smartphone was invented to cut down the communication gap, but nowadays everyone is using it for a variety of purposes like calling, texting, playing games, reading news, etc. It is noted that the usage of mobile is slightly more in university students resulting in more health problems in them

In this section we will explore:

  • People of people spending time on smartphone/weekday
  • Most popular smartphones activities
  • Pattern & Position of mobile phone use
  • Smartphone sensors used for health monitoring
Popular Smartphone Activities And Their Impact On People
Reason And Impact Of Smartphones

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An Overall Analysis of Students and their Usage Consumption of Smartphones

Young adults who are primarily students are in considerable danger to the ill effects of smartphones. More than 48.6% of students use smartphones for more than 5 hours on weekdays alone


2.1% of students spend an hour or less, 10.3 % use it for 1-2 hours, 8.1% use it for 2-3 hours, 19.5% use it for 3-4 hours, and 11.5% use it for around 4-5 hours respectively


Such is our dependence on mobile devices. As per a recent survey, 634 independent students were asked to identify reasons for using smartphones. 


67% agreed to use their mobile devices for calling family members, 62% agreed to call friends, 83% acknowledged using mobile devices for texting, 67% use it for entertainment and 46% use it for tracking and covering news and other forms of information. 


Out of the sample size of 634 students, 89 individuals agreed to have experienced depression and 108 agreed to feel more anxious with the overutilization of mobile devices.


There has been a considerable rise in the cases and issues related to neck pain. More than 57% of the students did not have any problem related to neck pain


However, 63% of students consistently feel stress in their necks. Around 21% of students experienced on-off stress out of which 17% were frequent smartphone users


To limit neck pain issues, it is essential that students warm up their body and neck before using smartphones for an extended time period.


Only 6% of students admitted to stretching their necks at regular intervals while using smartphones for prolonged hours. 


It was recorded that only 12% of students take breaks from using smartphones while the remaining 88% of  students stay engaged on their mobile devices without any break.


The majority of health issues are generated by image sensors and microphones. Image sensors in mobile phones can affect the cardiovascular, eye, skin, and respiratory health of the human body. 


On the other hand, motion sensors can disrupt sleep patterns. Therefore, people should be aware of these issues before spending extended time on their smartphones.

Conclusion

Overutilization of any substance should be avoided. Such should also be the case with smartphones. Technology without a shadow of a doubt has helped us in more ways than one.


It has made things easier and more convenient for everyone. However, the limitations of the same must also be acknowledged in order to live a healthy and prosperous life.


Therefore, it is essential that every individual from different age groups should note down the drawbacks of smartphones and must allocate a specific time period of usage.


Make sure to change your posture regularly such that your spine and neck gets the rest it requires. Also, give your eyes and ears rest from time to time. 


Seek assistance from expert professionals if any condition is developed so that it can be treated on an immediate basis.


Moreover, initiatives should be carried out where people are informed about the limitations of smartphones such that it does not affect our health in the long run. 


Spread awareness about the same and stay informed so that health issues can be mitigated in the future.

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Editor-in-Chief : Ishant Sharma

Currently working as an Editor in chief with Recommendit, he is managing all the ins and outs of the content management process and editorial operations. Having an experience of 8 years in the publishing/ e-solution industry, he manages a small freelancing team of fellow editors and has worked with several domains including academics, healthcare, lifestyle and technical writings. He is a stickler for accuracy and loves to read noir-fiction and binge-watch anthologies. Know more about Ishant


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