The cell phone today has become an almost indispensable tool for humans. More than 67% of the world’s population owns at least one cell phone, and half of this population spends on average more than five hours a day on their phones.
Now, thanks to advances in technology, we are more connected than ever before, which is a very good thing, I have to admit. Life is much simpler and less boring than it used to be.
So maybe you should ask yourself: If the phone is so important, why write an article encouraging people to do so? Spending less time on their mobile phones?
Specifically, the cell phone has many advantages but also has a few disadvantages that we cannot remain indifferent to, especially for young people and students.
One of the biggest problems that a cell phone brings today is making you addicted, meaning I have been a victim for a long time and that is why I “talk”.
But don’t worry because we’ll come back to that.
The sad thing is that many people today have become addicted to their phones and do not realize it. It has become almost normal and no one pays attention to it anymore.
In this article we will see how a cell phone affects your life and studies but also your body in a negative way and what you can do to fix that.
are you ready ? Let’s go!!!
1. What is addiction?
In simple terms, a addicted It is a habit or addiction that is difficult to control and can have negative consequences on a person’s life.
People with addiction often feel a strong desire or desire to use a substance or engage in an activity, even if it causes them harm.
Addiction can take different forms, such as addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, video games, food, pornography, etc.
You’ll notice that in my examples, I didn’t talk about the cell phone, for the simple reason that the cell phone itself doesn’t really make us addicted, no. It’s the various added applications and features that drive us to this adoption.
Snapchat, Facebook, Candy Crush, Instagram, TikTok, etc. The list is very long.
All of these apps were created primarily to encourage people to stay there as long as possible, but you already knew that.
But you will ask me how do you know that I am addicted to my phone?
You’re right, I don’t know, so let’s find out together to be sure.
2. Learn about your addiction
Before I give you my advice to spend less time on your phone, you should first be aware of the fact that you spend too much time on your phone. Otherwise you will read me but you will not be more worried about it.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself to understand whether you are addicted to your phone or not:
- Do I check my phone as soon as I wake up and before I do anything else?
- Do I feel a strong urge or urge to check my phone, even when I haven’t received a notification?
- Do I feel anxious or upset when I’m away from my phone for an extended period of time?
- Am I spending more time on my phone than I originally intended, neglecting other important tasks or activities?
- Have I ever found myself using my phone in inappropriate or dangerous situations, such as while driving or during important conversations?
If you answered yes to more than four of these questions, sir or ma’am, you know you’re addicted to your phone. If not, you can always share this article with someone you think is addicted to their phone.
Well, now that we’re on the same page, let’s take a look at how phone abuse can affect your health.
3. The phone and my body
The cell phone harms your body a little by producing effects such as:
- Muscle pain: Holding a cell phone in a prolonged position may cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. This pain is known as “text neck” in French.
- Vision problems: Looking at your phone screen for long periods of time may cause eye strain, headaches, and vision problems in the long term.
- Sleep disorders: Using your cell phone before bed can affect the quality of your sleep by disrupting your circadian rhythm and slowing the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
- Exposure to electromagnetic waves: Cell phones emit electromagnetic waves that can have long-term health effects.
Now that we have an idea of what a cell phone does to our body, let’s see how this same phone affects our studies while in college.
4. Cell phone at the university
At university, in my opinion, a cell phone brings many more negatives than positives. For example, cell phone misuse can lead to:
- Reduce your concentration: Excessive cell phone use can affect your concentration, memory, and ability to focus on a specific task. This can lead to a decline in academic performance.
- Wasting your time: Using a cell phone can be a major source of distraction, which can result in wasting a lot of your time. Social networks, games and messaging applications can prevent you from devoting enough time to your studies.
- Reduce the quality of your sleep (again): Using your cell phone before bed may lead to sleep disturbances that can negatively impact your ability to focus in class.
- Procrastination: Excessive cell phone use can be a form of procrastination, which may lead to delays in completing homework and assignments.
- Distraction in class: Using cell phones in class can prevent you from following classes and participating in discussions, which may lead to a decrease in understanding of topics.
Here you should already understand what the issues are. Just with your phone, you can ruin your studies and even your whole life.
I could delete all the phrases from my vocabulary but it would be of no use because it boils down to one word: discipline
You have to be disciplined about yourself otherwise you won’t succeed.
Try to find a balance between your activities and the time you spend on your phone, which is not easy at all, I guarantee you that, but with discipline and good determination, I am sure you will succeed.
The mobile phone now occupies a great place in our lives, we can almost never do without it, but it does not always bring positive points.
It is important for us, as students, to know how to set limits on the use of mobile phones because they can definitely be beneficial but they can also ruin our personal, academic and even professional lives.
And that’s it, that’s the end of this article. I hope you like it, and above all, feel free to express yourself in the comments.