A mobile phone is one of the devices that mostly used according to the meta-
analysis statistic taken. Approximately, 80 percent of the world population uses a mobile phone in various aspects such as communication, which is the main core. Also the highest user now is among students. Along with their books and school supplies, most high school and college students also many younger students make their daily rip to school with their trusty smartphone. A mobile phone has connected students to one another, to educational purposes, and also one of potential host of distractions. The presence of mobile phones presents both opportunities and also challenges for today’s students. Mobile phones can be a helpful academic tool, or a hurtful academic disruption depending upon the attitude and use pattern of the students. Mobile phones are undeniably convenient. Because of mobile phones, students never have to look for a pay phone or wonder about the location of a friend. These ubiquitous communication tools allow students to reach their peers and their parents instantly. Everything like from ordering a delivery food, checking a movie time is easier with mobile phone as the communication device you need is right at your fingertips. However, mobile phone also has some their advantages such as will cause a social problem among students and also affect their medical problems.
According to The Washington Times, cellphones promote serious social,
psychological issues. What started out as means of adult communication has become a teen status symbol and new age addiction and it is not a drug; but it’s a mobile phone. Recent research by Baylor University finds the link between materialism and IT devices are creating a generation of learned compulsive behavior. With four billion mobile phones in use today, that’s a substantial amount of compulsion. Without realizing, mobile phones act like a pacifier for impulsiveness that is major component of addiction. Studies reported by the Journal of Behavioral Sciences show that young adult send an average of 109.5 text messages daily and check their mobile phones an average of 60 times a day. Mobile phone has cause social problems among students. Such as nowadays we have seen anywhere case of abandoned baby and it is mostly from unsafe sex among the students. Let’s get back to the mobile phone. One research has said that one in seven teens are “sex-ting”. Sex-ting is known as the sharing of sexually explicit imaged and videos through the Internet or via electronic devices such as smartphones. Teen to teen sex-ting has generated considerable media attention with news headlines mostly warning of the dangers of sex-ting. There is awareness to warn the parents of this sex-ting. Sex-ting over the last decade has been on the rise, which is consistent with the rapid growth in the availability and ownership of smartphones. Teen sex, on the other hand has been on the decline over the last decade. Considerable evidence suggests that teen sext-ing is related to sexual behavior. Older teens are also sex-ting more than younger teens. Taken together, it is not surprising that older teens are both more likely to sex-ting and have sexual intercourse. Boys are often portrayed as the requesters and girls as the senders of nude images or videos. And the assumption is held show that boys and girls are equally likely to participate in sex-ting. However, all of this shouldn’t happen if we understand the students. They may be curious, because we as an adult understand that sex creates curiosity, which leads to exploration and experimentation especially with the teens. This is not a new thing and its completely normal. Teens may be curious. In a nutshell, this has caused one of social problems to our teenagers nowadays. Parents can keep their children aware and informed by having open discussions about healthy dating relationship, peer pressure, digital security, sexuality and citizenship more broadly.
The second problem is, cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying has become a serious issue nowadays. We could see those videos by the teenagers in the media social such as Facebook, Twitter and other medium of social media. Before mobile phone, bullying was limited to physical and verbal abuse. Now, mobile phones can take pictures and videos, creating a trend called “cyber bullying” Students have misused their phones to embarrass their peers or teachers and even worst, their family members. For example, students may record school fights and them online. Teachers are not immune to the bullying. Kids might record their teacher losing their temper, and then post it on sites. Common sense would dictate that these acts could be humiliating to the victims and harmful to the schools’ reputation.
The third problem is, cheating. Teenagers are always under pressure to do well in school. As a result, the occasional student may cheat on a test using their mobile phones. Mobile phones are capable of doing more than just calling and texting. Students can easily gain the Internet access through their phones during an exam. Additionally, they can listen to the recorded information. This is facilitated by “exam cheat equipment” such as inconspicuous earpieces that students can purchase online nowadays. This would be a serious problem because students can’t focus on the lesson if they are busy with their mobile phones and think that cheating would be an easy way to achieve well in their exams. Such behavior negatively impacts the class environment. It would distract teachers and students who are trying to concentrate on the lesson.
Last but not least on the mobile phones can cause social problems is, students may be a target of predators. Many students use the Internet or access social media sites without teacher or parent supervision. These students can be targets of predators. Predators are lurking in the chat rooms, social networks and other websites that are of interest to students. With the use of smart phones and other devices, it can be difficult to control a student’s online activity. Parent should decide if a phone is appropriate for their children. Many schools have also established ruled on whether mobile phones are allowed or not. It is best to parent more focus on their children behavior.
Mobile phones have also resulted in health problems. Over a period, there’s growing concern over the potential adverse health effects of long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones. Some of the health problem associating with mobile phones includes the development of brain tumor. According to meta-analysis (2008) of cell phone studies, there was consistent pattern, which connected cell phone usage and increased the risk of developing glioma, which is a type of brain tumor. Secondly, there was a strong concern of cell phone and cancer. Cancer is one of the topics, which have garnered significant attention from the public especially with regards to cell phone safety. The word radiation makes people freeze. According to the research cell phones emits radio frequency energy from their antennas. Therefore, it increases chances for the tissues near the antenna to absorb hence results to cancer. Lastly, infertility in the male has also linked with the use of cell phone. A study which was published in 2008, indicated that approximately 360 men attend infertility clinic, mostly participants use the cell phone more frequently had a lower sperm count, viability and motility (Cousin ; Sigerist, 2010).
Besides the number of mobile phone calls per day, the length of each call and the amount of time people use mobile phones are important factors, which enhance the health related risk. Mobile phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues close to the phone. The amount of radiofrequency energy a mobile phone user is exposed depend on many factors as the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone and the user, the extent and type of mobile phone use and the user’s distance from cell phone towers. While an increased risk of brain tumors from the use of mobile phones is not established, the increasing use of mobile phones and the lack of data for mobile phone use over time periods longer than 15 years warrant further research of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk.
Above all of these problems, there might be awareness for us to change this type of behavior and it wouldn’t be charge us any cost. There are several ways how to beat an addiction of using the mobile phone. And we could change our loved one life! Firstly, going on a mobile phone diet. We are not only have food diet, but we also have mobile phone diet! We should monitor our mobile phone use. Teenager students may spend 8 to 10 hours per day on their mobile phone. Tracking their mobile phone use such as adding up how many times per hour do they check their phone can increase the awareness about their problem. If we are aware of the extent of our problem, we can begin to identify goals and possible solutions. Parents should take note of this. Remember the first rule, parent is the role model. If you are more to gadget crazy, same goes to your children! Secondly, create a plan for their phone use. Limit their mobile phone use to certain times of the day. You can help your children to set an alarm on their phone to alert you when they have reached a maximum time. For example, you only allow them to use the phone after school hour, which is from 6pm to 7pm. Next, if they have achieved that limit maximum time for several times, do offer them a rewards for less time spent to their phone. This concept is called positive self-reinforcement and it is used in therapy in order to teach an individual positive behavior through use of a reward system. For example, if they meet their mobile phone use goal for the day you can treat them to their favorite food, a new item or an wonderful activity that can be done as a family. However, we can start this slow. Instead of going a cold turkey and completely eliminating their mobile phone use, which can be very anxiety provoking, begin by progressively reducing the amount of time they spend checking their phone. For example, start by limiting the amount they check their phone to once per 30 minutes then once per 2 hours as so on. Then, put their phone away. Put their phone somewhere where they will not see it. Turn their phone on silent mode when they study, at school or anywhere else, so it won’t distract your children. Focus on the here-and-now. Mindfulness, the art of being aware can help them become centered and possibly reduce the impulse to engage in cell phone use. Ask them to try to be in the present moment by focusing on what is currently going on, including their own thoughts and reactions. Spend time with them and hear them. While mobile phone addiction is not yet widely recognized diagnosis, this does not mean that you cannot get help. There are treatment centers and counselors that specialize in these types of issues. If you think that the mobile phone is severe and disrupt your children daily life and functioning, counseling or mental health treatment may be helpful.
In conclusion, mobile phone is necessary for our modern lives today. The usage of
mobile phone has both negative as well as positive impacts to the society. Therefore, it depends on how people perceive it. It will be better if we use it true purpose and in an appropriate time. We use mobile phones on a daily basis for theirs obvious advantages but we also need to be aware of the not so obvious or simply ignored disadvantages. On account of the mass demand of mobile phones, we need to know both sides of them in order to make the best out of a wonderful device.