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How Your iPhone is Harming Your Health

A HUFFINGTON POST GRAPHIC How Your iPhone Is Harming Your Health HEARING Don't worry, listening to music on your iPhone at a low volume isn't, in and of itself, going to make you go deaf. But when you crank it GERMS AND BACTERIA Your phone is a good source of germs you'd only expect to find in a bathroom. The e way up, you risk damaging the inner ear hair cells, which are responsible for turning sound into signals that go to the brain. Damaging these cells can lead to hearing loss. Wall Street Journal reported last year on a study which tested eight phones from an office. The good news: there was no E. coli or staphylococci bacteria. The bad news? The phones were high in coliform bacteria - a sign of fecal contamination. all the TEXT CLAW Do you find yourself with soreness or cramping in your wrist and fingers? It could be non-medical term called NECK PAIN Excessive typing can lead to "text neck, Health coined for the aches a term CNN a hon- "text claw."Repetitive fine motor activity that from texting, playing too much Candy Crush, etc. can exacerbate conditions like tendinitis, and can cause wrist and forearm pain. you may feel in your shoulders, neck and head. Not surprising considering a human head weighs 10 pounds, on average – so when it tilts forward, it exerts extra pressure on the spine, CNN Health reported. - including Monday 23 ADDICTION The addictive quality of digital devices is real: 66 percent of people are actually afraid to lose or be separated from their cell phones, according to a 2012 study. Plus, according to a recent HuffPost/YouGov survey, 50 percent of people ages 18-29 say they regularly use their smartphones or cell phones on the toilet. WITHDRAWAL Like a drug or alcohol addiction, abruptly cutting off tech use can result in Zzz withdrawal symptoms. A 2011 study found that unplugging completely for 24 hours can result in physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, such as fidgeting and feelings of anxiety and isolation, The Telegraph said, with some even reporting comparisons to going "cold turkey" after a drug habit. HUFF POST UNHEALTHY LEVELS OF RADIATION While the jury is still out as to whether cell phone use can actually cause cancer, the World Health Organization does consider cell phone POOR SLEEP QUALITY Three-quarters of iPhone-using students surveyed at Stanford University in 2010 said they sleep with a phone in bed This might be bad news for shuteye, considering a cell phone's LED light could disrupt melatonin production, making it harder to feel sleepy, according to a recent study in Nature. phone radiation to be "possibly carcinogenic to humans. Other things that are in this same classification, according to the WHO? Chloroform, lead and the pesticide DDT. PHANTOM VIBRATION SYNDROME Phantom vibration syndrome - the imaginary feeling that your phone is buzzing when it really isn't – is a common sign of excessive mobile use. A study published last year in the journal Computers in Human Behavior showed that nearly nine out of 10 undergraduates reported experiencing these phantom vibrations. Sources: National Library of Medicine; National Institutes of Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Aaron Daluiski, M.D., chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City; CNN Health; University of Maryland; MSN; The Telegraph; Stanford University; Computers in Human Behavior, World Health Organization Photo: Getty

How Your iPhone is Harming Your Health

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Are you and your smartphone inseparable? If so, you're not alone -- plenty of research illustrates how increasingly addicted we're becoming to our mobile devices, including one survey showing that 66 ...


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