Strong statements arise
on both sides of the argument when it comes to impacts of smartphones on our
life. In a mere decade smartphone has now become an essential part of our life
and we simply cannot deny it. Although smartphone has made communication easier,
it also effects our life in un-predicted ways.
Every invention has it’s
positive and negative effects. Smartphone has its pros and cons. There is no
arguing that smartphone have made our lives easier, communication barriers are
broken, exchanging of data is made easier, online banking, advertising and
surfing internet anytime, anywhere. Where there are people supporting
smartphones, there are people who are against it. Technology writer Bob Lefsetz
said “The pulses of smartphone use outweigh the minuses”. On the other hand,
Jason Perlow senior editor at ZDNet.com said “Every second spent on the phone
is every second not spent observing and usage of smartphones maybe stealing
most valuable moments of our life.”. One thought that supports the argument
that smartphones have negative effect on society is that it has taken away our
focus from driving, to family, to our surroundings.
Cell phones were meant to
be used for communication purposes. From the time phones were first made,
phones were seen as source of communication. But on 29 June 2007, apple
released their first iPhone, which was specifically the first real smartphone
by all means. The introduction of smartphone changed the way people saw cell
phones and impact of phones on people lives became significant.
It is a fact that smart phones are affecting
people’s lives and encouraging antisocial behavior. Instead of connecting us,
smartphones are making us more isolated. There was a time when while eating
together, families talked to each other. This help in strengthen understanding
between them but after the invasion of smart phones on families instead of
having a nice chat, everyone in busy tweeting and posting images of their food
on Instagram. Research shows that extensive use of smartphone is triggering
anti-social behavior in children. On this issue, David Engber, columnist at
slate.com said that it is natural for parents to worry that smartphones are
destroying kid’s social skills.
As it is said that excess
of 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 average
of 10 hours on cellphones, surfing internet and sending messages. Another study
conducted in 2011 called ‘The world Unplugged’ surveyed universities in 10
countries. Students were asked to avoid smartphones, laptops and internet for
24 hours. In the withdrawal period, majority of students suffered mental
distress, panic and confusion, failing to go full day without phones. After the
survey just 21% of all the students said that they could feel the benefits.
Health is also affected
by extensive use of smartphones. Eyesight is affected by exposure of blue light
like the light in smartphones. It can damage retina of the eye. According to a
research done by American Macular Degeneration Foundation, retina damage caused
by blue light may lead to central vision. Ears are also affected extensive
usage of smartphones. Talking to someone on call won’t damage one’s hearing but
if smartphones and headphones are used for listening music for over an hour, it
can cause temporary or even permanent damage to ears. It is proved that
exposure to noises above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. Maximum decibel of
headphone is 105 decibels, listening to music at this volume for more than 7
minutes will result in hearing damage. It is not proved that radiation from
cell phones can cause health issues but the World Health Organization(WHO)
already classes cellphones as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
have changed our world remarkably. Both positive and negative impacts of smartphones
are becoming clear as its use is increasing. As the smartphone is developing, we
can focus on improving its positive features and decreasing its negative impacts.
We are living in age of technology. We are surrounded by such fascinating technology
and vast information on our fingertips then any other previous generation. It is
on us how we use this knowledge to improve our world.