Where is your cell phone right now? Chances are, it’s less than 3 feet away and rarely gets much further than that. For better or worse, these little devices have become part of us. With over 6 billion mobile phones being used across the globe, shouldn’t you know the health risks associated with them?
Experts recommend avoiding harsh chemicals - opting for an isopropyl alcohol/ water mixture or a specialized cleaner like iKlear to wipe down your device. Make sure to usea non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratches to your screen.
Interference With Brain Function
There are many ways that mobile phones can effect our brains, but not all of them pose health risks. Changes in brain activity, sleep patterns, and reaction times have all been reported, but the World Health Organization states that they pose no dangers.
However, phone usage does become a problem at night – especially for kids entering puberty. There is compelling evidence that the light from smart phones, laptops, and tablets may lower melatonin levels and make it hard for kids to get enough sleep.
This one is less of a surprise, but still a huge problem today: The WHO reports that traffic accidents are 3x to 4x more likely when using a mobile phone while driving. No texts are worth dying over, so make a habit of stashing your phone away from reach while you're behind the wheel.
Overall, from cleaning your phone regularly to practicing safe habits while driving, there are a lot of ways we can be smarter about the use of cell phones to greatly reduce their health hazards.