Strong statements ariseon both sides of the argument when it comes to impacts of smartphones on ourlife.
In a mere decade smartphone has now become an essential part of our lifeand we simply cannot deny it. Although smartphone has made communication easier,it also effects our life in un-predicted ways. Every invention has it’spositive and negative effects. Smartphone has its pros and cons. There is noarguing that smartphone have made our lives easier, communication barriers arebroken, exchanging of data is made easier, advertising and surfing internetanytime, anywhere. Where there are people supporting smartphones, there arepeople who are against it. Technology writer Bob Lefsetz said “The pulses ofsmartphone use outweigh the minuses”.
On the other hand, Jason Perlow senioreditor at ZDNet.com said “Every second spent on the phone is every second notspent observing and usage of smartphones maybe stealing most valuable momentsof our life.”. One thought that supports the argument that smartphones havenegative effect on society is that it has taken away our focus from driving, tofamily, to our surroundings.
Cell phones were meant tobe used for communication purposes. From the time phones were first made,phones were seen as source of communication. But on 29 June 2007, applereleased their first iPhone, which was specifically the first real smartphoneby all means. The introduction of smartphone changed the way people saw cellphones and impact of phones on people lives became significant. It is a fact that smart phones are affecting people’slives and encouraging antisocial behavior. Instead of connecting us,smartphones are making us more isolated.
There was a time when while eatingtogether, families talked to each other. This help in strengthen understandingbetween them but after the invasion of smart phones on families instead ofhaving a nice chat, everyone in busy tweeting and posting images of their foodon Instagram. Research shows that extensive use of smartphone is triggeringanti-social behavior. On this issue, David Engber, columnist at slate.com saidthat it is natural for parents to worry that smartphones are destroying kid’ssocial skills.As it is said that excessof anything is bad. Smartphone addiction in teenagers in growing day by day.According to a survey, it has been found that college student spends an averageof 10 hours on cellphones, surfing internet and sending messages.
Another studyconducted in 2011 called ‘The world Unplugged’ surveyed universities in 10countries. Students were asked to avoid smartphones, laptops and internet for24 hours. In the withdrawal period, majority of students suffered mentaldistress, panic and confusion, failing to go full day without phones. After thesurvey just 21% of all the students said that they could feel the benefits. Thenegative effect of smartphones overpowers it’s positive for students.Health is also affectedby extensive use of smartphones. Eyesight is affected by exposure of blue lightlike the light in smartphones. It can damage retina of the eye.
According to aresearch done by American Macular Degeneration Foundation, retina damage causedby blue light may lead to central vision. Ears are also affected extensiveusage of smartphones. Talking to someone on call won’t damage one’s hearing butif smartphones and headphones are used for listening music for over an hour, itcan cause temporary or even permaneant damage to ears. It is proved that exposureto noises above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.
Maximum decibel ofheadphone is 105 decibels, listening to music at this volume for more then 10minutes will result in hearing damage. It is not proved that radiation fromcell phones can cause health issues but the World Health Organization(WHO)already classes cellphones as possibly carcinogenic to humans.