What’s the thing that has the greatest potential to kill us? Have you ever answered this question? Unfortunately, it’s none other than your mobile phone which is on its way to kill you.
Since the Apple iPhone was released in 2007, most of us have no clear idea about the effects of the mobile device as well as the other so-called smartphones.
Thousands of human lives have been already taken away by the smartphones which they used continuously. The tin-foil-hat brigade’s concerns on the effects of 5G, wi-fi as well as the signals of mobile phones in our brains are not discussed in any of the conversations led by us.
The most apparent example for this is the people who meet road accidents while on the road. The accidents were not just because they were looking at their phones while driving, but also because of their foolish behaviour of posting on Instagram while in traffic. As per the Community Attitudes to Road Safety 2013 Survey Report of Australia, the major reason for the rising road toll is the 32% of drivers tending to read text messages while on road.
According to the survey reports, the number of pedestrians killed on roads of the US has risen by 51% since 2009. Also, pedestrian fatalities in Australia rose by 20% within one year in 2017, along with the police blaming the stupidity of mobile phones.
Haven’t you ever noticed the count of people who try to cross the road while ignoring big vehicles in favour of the small screens? If your answer is “No”, then of course you’ve been staring at your smartphone at the moment.
The RACQ is willing to see implementation of new laws to fine people who are on their phones while crossing the roads. “We think that sort of offence is on its way. There’s no doubt about it,” spokesperson Paul Turner stated.
“Stand at an intersection in the CBD for half an hour and you’ll see five or 10 people just being saved or stopping themselves from walking out into traffic because they were looking down at their phone. When you tap them on the shoulder and they look up it’s as though they’ve been in some sort of daze because they are so engrossed in their phone.”
Perhaps, you’re now congratulating yourself for not being such a stupid person, but, stop for a minute and think for a while, what kind of a relationship do you have with your smartphone? Have you ever thought of the harm it can cause you?
Dopamine and Cortisol
Are you aware about the ‘phantom vibrations’ of your phone? Then have you ever felt it? Phantom vibrations make you sense that you’ve received a new message, but when you check, you’ll be able to see nothing new there. This occurs due to the state of hyper-vigilance that was found in your body from time to time.
It seems as if all of us are becoming addicted to this smart device as well as the dopamine hits of satisfaction which we receive hundreds of times a day. We are also continuously assaulted by harmful levels of cortisol released through our body.
This dangerous compilation of high levels of dopamine and cortisol affect everything in our day-to-day life. It even affects the way we sleep, our memory, decision-making skills, self-esteem as well as our physical health. By the way, you might be aware of the smart devices and the apps that are specially designed to be habit forming. Apps such as Instagram and many apps, and phones themselves, are designed to be habit forming. The likes in our posts on Facebook and Instagram are extremely designed to trigger happy chemicals in human brains. This is very similar to the process of poker machines. Therefore, makes us check the newsfeed and the notification panel all the time.
Google noticed this better than any other authority and reported: “Mobile devices loaded with social media, email and news apps” create “a constant sense of obligation, generating unintended personal stress”.
As it was reported by Moment, four hours of the average Americans’ day is spent with their mobile staring at it. It is sad that every information we receive on the screen of our phone is not positive, and this negative and bad news release the hormone called cortisol or the fight-to-flight hormone in our bodies
Cortisol is the hormone in our bodies which primes for reactions against physical threats like bullies or bears which changes our body physically by increasing the heart rate, influencing adrenalin and increasing blood sugar in us. It makes us stressed emotionally and the smartphones enable our experience of these with multiples in an hour at any moment irrespective of where you are.
According to David Greenfield, the founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, “Your cortisol levels are elevated when your phone is in sight or nearby, or when you hear it or even think you hear it”
“It’s a stress response, and it feels unpleasant, and the body’s natural response is to want to check the phone to make the stress go away.” You’ll receive more and more worse news if you check your phone regularly and there you will be trapped into a highly concentrated pool of cortisol that will lead to a number of health problems such as dementia, heart attacks, diabetes and depression.
Author of The Hacking of The American Mind, Dr.Robert Lustig, shared with The New York Times, “every chronic disease we know of is exacerbated by stress, and our phones are absolutely contributing to this”.
Smart phones have controlled the past dozen of years of your life affecting it badly. Imagine the risk that you as well as the family members along with the future generations are to face due the use of this essential evil. Nobody over 10 years of age can imagine a life without a smartphone, and it has become an inherited gift that any adolescent gets from the parents.
According to David Gillespie, the author of Teen Brain, this is just “like giving them cocaine or heroin.” Have you ever thought about the reason Why Screens Are Making Your Teenager Depressed, Anxious And Prone to Lifelong Addictive Illnesses – And How to Stop it Now.
Addiction and Anxiety of Teens
The book of Gillespie has a lot of shocking insights and data which has given a full account of the behaviour of the many youngsters today. The book has well explained the behaviour of a teen if the device is being taken away from him. He explains how the prefrontal cortex expands at puberty turning off a system called GABA Gamma aminobutyric acid, a kind of “general purpose braking system that stops us from becoming addicted to things”.
As Gillespie stated, the teenage is the most terrible age for start drinking or smoking and for sex. However, since society is much aware of the fact, we have successfully overcome the problem of the teenages.
“Between 2007 and now, the rates of teenage pregnancy, and alcohol and cigarette use by teens all dropped – they’re all about half of what they were, it’s a huge achievement and I don’t know why we’re not talking more about it,” he stated. “The rates of anxiety and depression for teenagers should also be halving but, instead, the rates of those things in teens have actually doubled over the same period.
“That tells us immediately that something is replacing those addictions. And what has replaced it is also addictive, as it has driven up mental illness in this life stage.” As per Gillespie, the reason is that we are now giving every adolescent “devices that can run simulations of addictive behaviour, all the time”.
According to him, the software of the smartphones are made to be addictive, with the “mesmeric effect” and smartphones are actually the same as poker machines. “There are millions of companies competing to be one of those five apps on your home screen that you click a hundred or a thousand times a day, and they want to find a way to get people to press that button by giving them a hit of dopamine every time they press it,” he also stated.
Teens are very much vulnerable to addiction, and the way of target for each sex is much different. According to Gillespie, young women are rewarded with oxytocin when “they are in a group of girls, and that group approves of them, they feel loved, and that gives them oxytocin, which is more powerful in girls than in boys”.
“A teenage girl is as sensitive as she will ever be to this and that’s why the creation of ‘approval porn’ has been so successful,” Gillespie exaggerated.
“Until now, we’ve never been able to replicate this approval hit of having real people like you, but simulating that is what social media software does. All of the Facebooks, the Instagrams, they’re all high-speed simulators of social approval, and girls, really, really respond to that.”
According to him, boys are tightly handled by ‘danger porn’, as they are stimulated by risk and danger. “Which is why gambling is so popular; it’s that chance of losing, and the relief of surviving something that’s rewarding for boys – it’s also why they love roller-coasters,” he says.
“And a simulation of that is online gaming on your phone; the first-person shooter like Fortnite, those games are all designed around the concept of danger porn. It’s about survival and the relief of survival.”
If you think of being skilled to chat with your friends while playing phone based games, you will realise how well you can be a master of it with the addiction of hands.
Gillespie states that these devices from the very first day are being designed by Steve Jobs and company to be “beautiful, easy to use and hard to give up”. And further, Jobs has clearly and famously stated that he would never let his own children use them.
“The Jobs thing came out by accident in an interview, he was asked how long he let his kids play with iPads and so on and he wasn’t expecting it and just blurted out that he wouldn’t let his children have them – what’s that saying? Don’t get high on your own supply,” Gillespie laughed. “But that’s become the trend in Silicon Valley these days, the executives instruct their nannies not to let their kids anywhere near these devices.
“And the research shows that rich people are less likely to give their devices to kids, because they can afford to pay humans to interact with their children instead. They consider it a low-class thing to give your children a screen.”
We are unaware of the health issues of 5G networks which might come into the world in future, but it is obvious that the devices which are in current use which we are addicted to are a great risk which has brought about into the society with mortality only by being with us a little more than a decade. And humanity becoming the greatest victim of this killer better than a gun is not far away from us.
Source of the information: The CEO Magazine.