Now a day’s smartphones have become the extensions of the human body. Especially the youth cannot live a minute without their smartphones. And why not! These little devices can do wonders and solve almost every problem of the person. People use their phone to get connected with others, to catch moments with its camera, to ask whatever they want to know to Google, listen to their favorite music or watching movies. For everything, they use this device. But that’s how they have developed a dependency on it.
The Number Game
According to the website statista.com India, the second most populous country in the world is projected to pass the United States in a number of smartphone users in 2017. Around 223 million people in the U.S. will use a smartphone by 2017, compared to 340 million in India. Despite this increase in volume, the U.S. still has a higher smartphone penetration rate than India. The smartphone penetration rate in India is forecast to reach more than 28 percent by 2018, a penetration rate that the U.S. already reached in 2011. By 2017, the smartphone penetration rate in the U.S. is expected to total of 68.4 percent.
In 2019 the users will reach around 373.88 million users. Out of which most of the users are from 16 to 40 years of age.
The reverse impact
Though the device has now become a necessity of all, this is leaving a reverse impact on people who are using it. Lots of health issues have been arising because of smartphones, which people even don’t notice. By the time, it comes to the light, things most of the time go out of hand.
Let’s see the adverse health effects of smartphones:
One of the most common diseases which can be seen from students to working professionals nowadays. Most of the day they spend in their outdoor activity (whether it is attending college or working 9-12 hours in the office). But this generation doesn’t stop here. After a tiring schedule, they spend maximum part of their rest of the time on the phone. Social media, streaming platforms, and platforms like tictoc keep them awake till wee hours. And then this becomes their habit. But they don’t understand that these fewer hours of sleeping will take a serious toll on their health.
Already the current lifestyle of youth and working professionals are much stressed. On top of that, they spend their rest hours in playing weird games like Pubji and other violent games. These games can increase their level of stress to the extent that they could go into depression. Not only games but the number of likes they are getting on social media or number of followers are increasing or not, could be a reason for increasing stress.
Eyes are one of the poorest organs of the human body which suffers a lot in this digital world. Right from working on laptops to constantly watching mobile phones, are very tiring for them. Constantly watching smartphones can lead to a dry eye problem, which the youngsters don’t realize in the starting. But later they have to deal with major serious problems.
The youth have become less interactive already because of the nuclear family. They don’t share much with their parents. And thanks to these smartphones, they are now least interact within the society as well. Earlier one could have a chat even with the strangers on a train or bus journey. But now everyone seems to be engaged with their smartphones. This social cutoff is creating a huge gap and decreasing the sharing and learning part. Which could cause serious behavioral problems later? This also leads to sleepless nights.