Cell phone addiction (particularly in teenagers) is becoming common as cell phones become more popular. If your teen is constantly texting, avoiding home work and is preoccupied with her phone, she might be addicted. Studies show that cell phone addiction is similar to pathological gambleing.
Are you or your teen addicted to your cellphone? Are you are your teen uncomfortable if you are out of reach of your cell phone? Are you constantly checking to see if you have a missed call? Is your teen constantly texting?Is there decreased production due to your cell phone use? If you can answer yes to these questions, it’s a fair guess to say you or your teen are addicted. Recent studies show cell phone addiction resembles those of pathological gambling. Among the signs of addiction is feeling anxious and depressed without your phone. Using it to escape feelings of loneliness and isolation is another sign.
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Male and female addictions are about the same for either sex. Outgoing adults and teens are even more prone to addictions than their more introverted brothers and sisters. Bored and inactive for too long, teens turn to cell phones to socialize. This increases the chance of addiction. They worry they will miss a connection. Some kids can’t control the cravings. Cell phones numerous functions, phone, camera, email, games, and the Internet offer lots of reasons to stay on the phone. And if you take the cell phone away, the kids turn moody, depressed and irritable.
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The more teens talk and text on the phone the less productive they might be in more important areas. They may lose interest in developing their minds, their learning abilities, and joining in social situations. It’s in your teens best interest to keep an eye on his cell phone activities and limit cell phone use if you suspect it’s getting out of hand.
Studies on the risk of cell phones use and cancer goes on. When holding the cell phone close to your ear, it’s antenna sits close to your brain. It seems high risk for absorbing the antenna’s electromagnetic radiation. In one study Swedish researchers found an association between long term cell phone users and brain tumors. One type of tumor is an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor of the brain’s auditory nerve. The side of the head where the cell phone meets the ear may be at risk for gliomas, malignant tumors of the connective tissue found in the central nervous system. Youngsters and teen’s nervous systems are still developing so that puts them at even greater risks for cancer associated with radiation from cell phone use. Experts cannot tell us a safe limit for cell phone use. So cutting back can only help.
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