Date
23 October 2017
Don't ever use your smartphone while walking or driving, and don't spend so much time staring at your devices. Photo: HKEJ
Don't ever use your smartphone while walking or driving, and don't spend so much time staring at your devices. Photo: HKEJ

Why smartphone is probably the worst appliance ever invented

I rarely hear of someone getting injured while watching television, or of accidents involving the fridge, washing machine or air-conditioner.

But the list of smartphone-related problems seems to be ever expanding.

The most apparent issue is that squinting at a small screen for long periods of time will impair the eyesight. The damage could be far worse than just making you short-sighted.

Medical professionals have warned the blue light emitted at high levels by smartphones and other electronic devices could damage your vision, aside from making it hard for you to fall asleep.

“The American Macular Degeneration Foundation warns that retinal damage caused by blue light may lead to macular denegation, which causes the loss of central vision—the ability to see what’s in front of you,” according to Business Insider.

A study by the Hong Kong Baptist University published recently found the majority of cellphone users in the city have developed a wrong posture—tilting their heads too low.

Associate professor Lobo Louie said such a posture puts severe pressure on the neck, and it could lead to stiff neck, circulatory and muscular problems, or even spinal injuries.

It’s not just your eyes and spine that are at risk; your life could also be put in danger if you develop the habit of using your phone while walking or driving.

Bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over a curb: these are just some of the minor mishaps that could happen to those glued to their phones while walking.

A 47-year-old Japanese man was killed after he failed to notice an oncoming train while using his phone on a railroad crossing.

A 10-year-old boy, also from Japan, fell off the train platform while playing video games on his phone.

Smartphone addiction can be dangerous, and occasionally lethal.

Remember, no video clip, text or email is worth more than your life.

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CG

EJ Insight writer

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