We live in a world where technology rules above all. Everything and anything you can imagine can be achieved in an instant- literally.
It is actually pretty impressive when you think about it. From transportation to meals and dating, your smartphone is the key to anything you need on a day-to-day basis. People are legit obsessed with their smartphones and for some people, it has become a big problem.
Like everything else in life, smartphones have their pros and cons. It has become quite a controversial topic around the globe. The good may or may not outweigh the bad and this is where this article comes in. I wanted to compare the good and the bad cellphones have on us, humans.
There are so many obvious benefits as well as obvious downfalls but to see them listed, one after another really helps put this debate into perspective.
After writing this article I have a better idea of what side I lean more towards, however, I am not here to influence you, I am here to give you facts in order to draw your own conclusion.
24 made the world better - Keep us safe
Having a cell phone has been proven to be helpful in emergency situations. Think about it… imagine having to find a landline when something happened?
Cell phones have aided and saved many lives and thanks to its emergency call feature, help can be contacted within seconds. The truth is that even if you hate cell phones, you could agree that they have the ability to get to help quicker then anything else.
As a woman, I can say that having a cell phone on me makes me feel slightly safer on my late night walks home.
23 how they didn't - Causes nerve damage
Did you know that using your cell phone could cause nerve damage?
Too much cell phone use has been proven to lead to overextending nerves which doctors call “cell phone elbows”. This is where patients damage essentials nerve in their arms by bending their elbow tightly for extended periods of time.
This is a real thing and people should pay closer attention to how long they are holding their phones up for.
22 made the world better - They can detect things like earthquakes
Scientists are so cool. They developed an app that can detect earthquakes. This is something that is undeniably a game changer.
This is something that is so beneficial to our universe and would only be able to come to life with the existence of cellular devices. Regardless of your opinions on the benefits of smartphones, there is no denying that this is a huge plus for the pros section!
This is an invention that can saves lives and it is pretty incredible.
21 how they didn't - It is a must have now
Cell phones are proven to be an addiction to many people. In fact, some studies show that smart tablets have the same effect on children’s brains as cocaine has in adults.
This addiction can be found especially with millennials. That generation are the ones who seem to be the most affected in their “adult” life. The reality is that cell phones do possess a certain amount of addiction, regardless of who you are, you can admit that there is a certain attachment we all have to our phones.
It may be normal but if you really think about it, it is insane how we let that one device control so much of our lives.
20 made the world better - Keep people connected
To me, the most incredible thing about cell phones is their ability to keep people connected on opposite ends of the world. With tools like face time and text messaging, you can speak to people around the globe at the touch of a button.
Smartphones have aided families, friends and loved ones to stay connected with miles between them. It allows grandmothers to be able to share moments with their grandchildren, for parents who work overseas to still be able to tuck their kids in at night.
There is no arguing that this is a beautiful thing!
19 how they didn't - Text Claw
Okay, so text claw may not be an official medical thing but a lot of people have experienced it. Text claw is that pain you get throughout your hands and wrists after being on your phone for too long.
This has been said to lead to tendonitis, which can cause wrist aching and numbness. It can also lead to the loss of strength in the wrist. Many people confuse this with carpal tunnel syndrome, however; this can lead to carpal tunnel if you are not careful.
18 made the world better - They save time
Have you ever been crunched on time but then been saved by your smartphone? Well if the answer to the question is yes, you are not alone.
Cell phones are designed to save people time throughout the day. Everything you need is on there and is so easy to access. From the time to the date, to directions and information, a smartphone is truly smart.
Although many people tend to waste time on their phone because there is so much to do on it, the reality is that when push comes to shove, it is very time efficient.
17 how they didn't - Bad for eyesight
It has never been a secret that sitting in front of a screen for too long can damage your eyes. Televisions, computers and cell phones all fall into this category.
For some reason, we think just because our phones are small that they do less damage to our eyes but it actually does more damage. The amount of time you spend in front of a screen is connected to how much it will affect your vision.
Our sight is one of our most precious things and without it, life gets a bit more complicated. Do not take it for granted and do not underestimate the impacts your daily cell phone routine has on your sight.
16 made the world better - They bring us information
Whatever you need to know, no matter how random it is, your smartphone can help you find the answer. With the help of the internet, smartphones can get you an answer to any question within seconds.
Our smartphones are so much smarter than we are. Within an instant, you can obtain whatever information right away. Cell phones do everything from tell time to ordering your dinner, whatever you need, your phone has got all the answers.
15 how they didn't - People no longer know how to communicate in person
Remember when people used to communicate with one another when they hung out? It feels like an eternity ago but we forget that is how it is supposed to be. Our generation no longer knows how to communicate with one another without the help of their cellular devices.
This is probably the thing that scares me the most with the new generation because they do not know how to socially interact face to face with one another. That is a scary thought.
14 made the world better - Good for networking
Social media has been so beneficial to people when it comes to networking it is incredible. People have gotten jobs, found husbands and started businesses all because of their phones and I love hearing stories like that.
Although marketing and the way it is done is now different, social media with the aid of smartphones has really taken a leap towards helping people get connected. It may be different from before, but it has a way of finding talent around the world, which was much harder before.
13 how they didn't - Attention Span
People now have very short attention spans and something tells me it is because of cell phones. It is almost as if when we are not interested in something we have an automatic escape.
Having a short attention span is not something anyone should be proud of. In fact, it is one of the worst qualities you can have and sadly a lot of us possess it. This is also why texting and driving is illegal- cell phones are a constant distraction, plain and simple and they cause us to lose perspective on what is in front of us.
12 made the world better - Instant communication
Everything with smartphones is instant and although a lot of people believe that instant communication has caused problems, the reality is that it is very beneficial. Think about it, before cell phones were invented, there was no way of reaching someone if you (and them) were not next to a landline.
Cell phones allow people to keep each other in a constant loop with one another within seconds, which is also a reason why it is a time saver. I agree with those who say that instant communication has its downfalls but the reality is that it is also incredibly beneficial to our society.
11 how they didn't - Screens can cause anxiety
I have noticed a pattern lately- there are more people that suffer from anxiety now, than ever before. This makes sense seeing how cell phones are proven to cause anxiety which is a pretty scary thought.
Experts claim that spending too much time on your cell phone can lead to feeling stressed and ridden with anxiety. So my friends, if you are like so many of us, suffering from anxiety, maybe try putting the screens away for a little bit- it may just help!
10 made the world better - Good for organization
Cell phones are the best agendas you could ever want. With the help of your handy phones, you will never forget a meeting, a birthday or a phone number.
Smartphones are everything you need, wrapped into one tiny organized device. It is without a doubt the easiest and best way to stay organized. There are even apps, for those who are really organized, where you can download for all of your needs. You can organize workouts, recipes and even outfits- it is truly amazing.
9 how they didn't - Causes stress
Do you constantly feel stressed? If the answer is yes, ask yourself, do you consider yourself dependent on your cell phone? The ugly truth is that your cell phone can be the cause of that stress.
We as a generation are unsure about the effects of the high-level use of these devices, and how they change us. That anxiety eventually turns into stress and there is nothing worse for us humans then stress.
My advice is for everyone to try and go a few hours without their phones- I promise you it will do wonders.
8 made the world better - Navigation
Call me crazy, but the thought of opening up a paper map every time I got lost is enough to give me an anxiety attack. One of the best things about smartphones is its ability to tell you directions wherever you are in the world.
This has made both traveling and day-to-day like a lot easier for all of us. Not only does your smartphone come with a GPS but you can also download different kinds on the app store.
7 how they didn't - Disrupted Sleep
Cell phones are horrible for our sleep. I know what you are all thinking “I leave my phone on silent” but that is not enough.
I am sure I am not the only person who rolls over in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning to see what is going on around the globe with the handy help of your cell phone.
This is obviously not the best thing to do first thing in the morning and if you are like me and have a habit of doing that, try and stop…I know it is hard but it is worth it.
6 made the world better - There is an app for anything
As you probably already know, there is an app for everything. Whatever it is that your cell phone does not already have on it, I promise you that you will be able to find it in the app store.
Apps have become one of the most vital things to our social lives- things like Instagram and Snapchat are all apps.
There are also apps that allow you to personalize your phone for your needs. There are period trackers, food diaries, and even daily workouts. You could even learn a new language all with the help of your smartphone.
5 how they didn't - Always looking down
I think we all forgot that the world is not actually living in our phone. We forget that life is going on around us.
If you walk down the street, it is common in today’s society to see everyone with their heads down. This just goes to show that people are not paying attention to what is going on around them, which is incredibly sad.
I encourage everyone to go take a walk, without your phone. Go look around, pay attention to the little things and I know you will see that reality is better when it is not virtual.
4 made the world better - Pictures and Video
No one needs a camera of a video camera anymore because we have our smartphones. All smartphones have the ability to record videos and take photos, which has sadly put a lot of camera stores out of business.
This allows people to capture moments at the touch of a button and share them instantly, which is pretty magical. Smartphones are really incredible when it comes to its camera and the newer the phone, the more amazing the camera is.
3 how they didn't - not so good for relationships
There is nothing more annoying than fighting with someone because of a cell phone but trust me when I tell you it happens. Cell phones are bad for all relationships- friendships, family, and romance can all be affected by peoples addiction to their phones.
We pay more attention to our phones then we do to those we love and this is something that can potentially be one of societies demises. I can honestly say that my cell phone use has created problems in my relationship and it is so not worth it.
2 made the world better - Easy to Learn new things
Smartphones turn you into an expert at whatever you need to know in an instant. For example, I once got a flat tire while driving. I, being someone who has never changed a tire was faced with the realization that I was alone and had to change this tire.
However, my cell phone and a little thing called YouTube saved me. After a five minute video, I was able to change my tire. This is a little example that goes a long way and it shows how it is beneficial to all of us to have cell phones on us.
1 how they didn't - Constant Radiation
Let me break this down for you nice and simple. There are three main reasons why people claim that phones can be linked to this. Cell phones emit radio waves, which are a form of non-ionizing radiation.
This constant exposure to radiation is obviously not good for us but for some reason, we ignore these facts and chose to go on with our normal cell phone use.
We do not know the long-term effects of these devices because they have not been around for long enough but my gut tells me that we are not going to be happy if we do not listen.
References: MedicalDaily, MobileCon2012