Kathmandu, April 8, 2016
There is no doubt that mobile phones have brought a revolutionary change in this electronic world. It has become one of the fundamental means of communication.
The Internet has easy access for twenty four hours a day using data when there is no Wi-Fi available. As a consequence, we have seen and experienced most teenagers isolating themselves from their family, going to their rooms and constantly texting, posting messages, upgrading face book, showing off photos, and who knows what they are watching. Their behavior has changed. They prefer to be left alone with their mobile rather than communicating with parents and family. It has created a deeper gap in parent-child relationship. Research tells us that the healthy parent-child relationship plays a major role in producing good citizens. In a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, researchers found that high use of mobile phones were associated with stress and sleep disorders in women. It was also associated with sleep disturbances and depression in men. This evidence only proves that the use of mobile phones is related to mental health and stress issues.
Placing mobile phone under the pillow or on the bed at night is very common, especially, among teenagers. They are addicted to reply to the messages or notifications instantly regardless of the time of the day, essential or trivial. Using the phone late night causes distraction on their thoughts and sleep. Their mind is not relaxed, and it increases stress level. It can also lead to psychological disorders in some cases.
A creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas.
Mobile phone brings constant interruption, especially, teenagers are bombarded with notifications, messages, updated Facebook, comments etc every minute. In such circumstances it is up to them how they handle the situation. It is them who make the choice, either they go with the flow and be a part of the crowd or think wisely and deal with the situation prioritizing their health, school, and family. Technology has given us a choice of life to live for technology, which always comes with two options, use or abuse. Using leads to success and abusing follows the destruction.
Most of all, if you have small children at home, from now, teach them about the shortcomings of using cell phones and do not equip them with them when they are still young and unable to be responsible.
By Meera Sharma Bedari