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.
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 smartphone.
The introduction of smartphone changed the way people saw cell phones andimpact of phones on people lives became significant.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. Smartphones have made online banking possible. Where thereare people supporting smartphones, there are people who are highlighting its negativeimpacts.
Technology writer Bob Lefsetz said “The pulses of smartphone useoutweigh the minuses”. On the other hand, Jason Perlow senior editor atZDNet.com said “Every second spent on the phone is every second not spentobserving and usage of smartphones maybe stealing most valuable moments of ourlife.”. One thought that supports the argument that smartphones have negativeeffect on society is that it has taken away our focus from driving, to family,to our surroundings.It is a fact that smartphones are affecting people’s lives and encouraging antisocial behavior.Instead of connecting us, smartphones are making us more isolated. There was atime when while eating together, families talked to each other.
This help instrengthen understanding between them but after the invasion of smart phones onfamilies instead of having a nice chat, everyone in busy tweeting and postingimages of their food on Instagram. Research shows that extensive use ofsmartphone is triggering anti-social behavior in children. On this issue, DavidEngber, columnist at slate.com said that it is natural for parents to worrythat smartphones are destroying kid’s social skills.As it is said that excessof anything is bad. Smartphone addiction in teenagers in growing day by day.The negative effect of smartphones overpowers it’s positive for students.
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.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 permanent damage to ears. It is proved thatexposure to noises above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.
Maximum decibel ofheadphone is 105 decibels, listening to music at this volume for more than 7minutes 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.Smartphoneshave changed our world remarkably. Both positive and negative impacts of smartphonesare becoming clear as its use is increasing. As the smartphone is developing, wecan focus on improving its positive features and decreasing its negative impacts.We are living in age of technology. We are surrounded by such fascinating technologyand vast information on our fingertips then any other previous generation.
It ison us how we use this knowledge to improve our world.