Cell phones are some of the most dynamic communication (and increasingly infotainment) devices of the Digital Age. While cell phones have proved to be highly beneficial tools for many tasks and activities, some negative effects do exist. Usage patterns, behavioural characteristics, health-related issues and other negative effects have been a cause for concern about the excessive and inappropriate use of cell phones.
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Limited Attention Span
Sociologists, behavioural scientists and researchers point out to the limited attention span of users to the immediate tasks at hand while using cell phones.
Perhaps the most negative effect of a cell phone is its frequent while driving. This detracts from the primary purpose of driving and has been responsible for many deadly crashes.
While conflicting health studies and reports have noted the harmful effects of microwave radiation of hours of cell phone chatting on the brain, affected sleep patterns in preteens and teens is a more serious issue. Other anomalies in behavioural patterns, such as irritability, lack of patience and abruptness, sometimes affect heavy users of cell phones.
With newer cell phones being all-in-one entertainment devices, young users tend to get immersed in their cell phones for hours on end. Family interaction becomes limited, and negative consequences happen over time.
Slave to Technology
Being fixated on checking text messages, playing games, checking e-mail, or calling friends and relatives can often make a user a slave to the crutches of technology and detract her from other fun and engaging real-world activities.