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.
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.
The introduction of smartphone changed the way people saw cell phones and
impact of phones on people lives became significant.
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, advertising and surfing internet
anytime, anywhere. Smartphones have made online banking possible. Where there
are people supporting smartphones, there are people who are highlighting its negative
impacts. 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
Smartphones have obliterated
the bridge between office and home. Before smartphones, office work was limited
to office but now one keeps on receiving office emails even after office hours.
The 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
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.