How do cell phones affect our mental health?
- 1 How do cell phones affect our mental health?
- 2 How do cell phones affect human behavior?
Cell phones affect our mental health in many ways. In this article, we’ll help you understand some of the most common, detrimental ways below cell phones can affect our mental health. We’ll also offer some smarter, sound strategies on using your phone mentally, so read on!
How do cell phones affect human behavior?
Let’s start with investigating how cell phones affect human behavior, and what this means for our mental health and how it all ties together.
In the 1990s, a ‘mobile phone’ was not a luxury that everybody had like today in the information age.
In fact, uh… it wasn’t very ‘mobile’, or to say the least.. portable.
Do you remember these?
Likely, you wouldn’t see people walking down the sidewalk engrained in their conversation with somebody on the other line (due to the fastness of them!)
Moving forward then, in 2021, so much has changed.
Steve Jobs unveiled the very first iPhone in 2007. Before that, mobile phones were clunky, poorly designed and primarily used by businesspeople.
Everybody Uses A Cell Phone
Today, everybody has a cell phone. Well..*almost* !
The reason everybody owns one is because this piece of technology has an ‘app’ for everything. Many people cannot see themselves stepping outside without their handset because their whole lives are essentially inside their cell phone!
Some of the things you can do on your phone include:
- Online banking
- Surf the internet
- Order groceries
- Book a flight
We’re sure even Bill Gates couldn’t predict the level of technical advancements possible today with mobile phones!
More about the ways phones affect people psychologically below…
A ‘phone’ is a device which allows one to connect with each other, right?
In theory, yes. In reality, not much. Here’s why..
Avoidance and Safety Behaviors
Picture yourself walking into a medical practise, lining up in a large queue at Walmart, waiting room at the hospital, or even in the living room with your family..
Humans use their phone as an avoidance and safety behavior to avoid talking with others.
- They don’t notice the dozens of people walk or sit by them
- They don’t see the smiling man or woman looking at them from afar
When they enter these kinds of social situations, they instinctively pull out their phone to avoid conversing or interacting with a stranger, to make themselves feel safe.
The effects of Safety Behaviors
Looking at your phone may make you feel safe and protected from the outside world, but this becomes a problem if you make a habit out of this.
This is because there are many reasons why being totally engrossed in your phone is detrimental to your mental health.
Some of which include:
- Increased risk of theft from the person
- Risk of being a victim of crime
- Not being present in the moment – living in a frame inside social media for instance
- Impacting dating life
Today if you visit a restaurant or a cafe, you’ll likely see a man and a woman starting at their own phones. Wasn’t each other’s company just enough?
Compulsory checking and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Another way that cell phones affect human behavior include the instinctive checking and constant unlocking of their phone in case they’ve missed something important.
The iPhone is a prime example of how it uses notifications to entice the user to unlocking their phone and using it as much as possible, with the notification centre integration.
Sometimes people feel ‘phantom vibrations’ or hear pings which aren’t actually there, but they still check their phone. This could potentially lead to obsessive compulsive disorder.
Social Media and the potential Risk of Suicide
The most heartbreaking fact on our list on how cell phones affect mental health is some people having taken their own life on feelings of inadequency and failure using social media platforms.
These platforms allow anybody to share their life, but in their own way – they can choose what to share.
This can create the illusion that everybody is going on extravagent trips to the maldives, has youthful skin and looks perfect.
For students, it can be challenging to study when depressed and anxious and social media use can serve as a catalyst for these types of feelings.
Social media can also bombard users with advertisements such as Facebook. Often times big-name celebrities or figures may endorse a product such as a new type of drink or food product.
More often than not, these types of foods are sugar-coated in unhealthy content, which causes nutritional deficiency in developed countries
These types of products can cause weight gain and even rid of the body of immune system protection.