Neuropsychiatric Effects of Mobile Phones

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It is hard to find ‘constants’ in life. Our lives are designed around multiple variables like relationships, jobs, friends, and material things.
In this world full of variables, we humans have always looked for some constant. If not intentionally than definitely unintentionally.

In this search, fortunately or unfortunately we have found our constant… which is cell phone!

Yes in this world full of variables, mobile phones have taken place of constant factor in our lives.
We eat with them.
We sleep with them.
We used to communicate ‘through’ them... Which has changed to we communicate ‘to’ them..
Yes this is a reality of our time.
We can’t spend even a few minutes without checking our phones. Continuous buzz of alarms, messages, notifications has taken control of our lives.
Yes you might get a mini heart attack if you don’t find your phone for few minutes.

Initially mobiles were made to enable humans to communicate with each other. Communications was the aspect that used to define the purpose of mobile phones. It was made to help us interact better with each other, even from long distances. This form of communication has taken advance turn and now it’s not just phone, it serves as virtual medium of communication, entertainment and constant gratification.
We have started to rely on this piece of electronic device to make ourselves feel better, to distract ourselves from the hard realities of life, that we can’t control. This device has taken place of our relationships. Here things have started to go wrong. Even if someone is thinking that I have to write an annotated bibliography or check for some cooking tips, the cellphone has each and every solution ready for them via internet.

Around 63% of people from age 18-29 and 30% of people from age 30-64 fall asleep with phones in their hand. This attachment has turned into dependence syndrome. This prolonged use of phones have started to mess-up with the chemistry of human brain and disrupt its biorhythms. It is not just changing our behaviors and interactions with other humans but it is also bringing real changes inside our brains.

Light coming from phone has far more negative effects on body then few cups of coffee. Using smart phone at night has serious consequence on human health. Natural biorhythms enable our body to fall asleep and awake at the right time. When its night and dark; our body gets signal to sleep and relax and when its days body gets signal to get awake and produce energy that is required for the day. But when you sleep with your phone in your hand, light emitting from its screen confuses the brain and stops brain from producing melatonin, which is hormone that puts human body to sleep. This hormone also prevents the development of cancer and other diseases. Lack of this hormone keeps person awake at night.

At night body feels exhausted from work but mind feels awake due to wrong signal, which results in insomnia. This sleep deprivation at night and body’s inability to relax reflects in the next day. This sleep deprivation also disable body to fight with the toxins that our body accumulated during the day. This effects human progress, and causes anxiety and depression. A lot of psychological research papers have been written on this issue.

This electromagnetic device emits wireless radiations that is putting neurotoxic effects on human brain. These radiations also damage the structure DNA, thus effects the brain development. NIH research of 2011 revealed that only 50 minutes exposure of wireless device to brain results in increase of glucose metabolism in the brain parts. With the emergence of 3G and 4G, these effects have become more severe.

According to research of Yale Medicine College, in which rats were used as test subjects; it was found that significant damage occurs inside the brain cells in the hippocampus and cerebellum. In pregnant mice these effects were worse. In neurological tests it was revealed that off-springs of mice showed increased hyperactivity and damaged memory. In humans increased exposure results in behavioral problems.