This report was submitted to the central government’s telecom department in 2016. But so far, it hasn’t received a response. The survey has been done for the third time in the last seven years. The researcher said that the use of mobile phones is adversely affecting the youngsters’ health. Spending more than half an hour on your smartphone could raise the risk. The radiation emitted by the phones were higher when the mobile battery was low.
In the second phase of the story, Girish Kumar, a professor attached to Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT), in Powai, Mumbai. Through the survey and its report, Kumar reached out to local residents and students in the states he visited while delivering his lectures.
Explaining about his quest to survey people, Professor Girish Kumar, said, “For this survey, I have been to various places across India. Where I have spoken to many people and a few ENT specialists about problems caused by smartphone use. The most common complains are eye strain, headache and ear pain but the final results is the development of brain tumour.”
Kumar further stated, “In the last 2 years, in my interaction with nearly 10 thousand students, More than 80% of these students raised their hand that they have experienced ear warming after about 20 to 30 minutes of continuous use of cell phone.”
He added, “Also, nearly 20% of them experienced headache after 30 minutes of continuous use of cell phone. Next stage of headache leads to wards sleep disorder, irritation, memory loss, lack of concentration and ultimately may lead to brain tumour.”
The ENT specialist said that it was true that the patients faced health issues such as ear pain and headache. But, they said that there was no direct correlation between excessive smartphone use and formation of brain tumours.
Although, the link between mobile usage and cancer is not yet proven, but, one should limit the amount of time spent on phones.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shrinivas Chavan, Professor and Head of ENT department at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “Health problems can occur due to excessive smartphone use. But, it has not been scientifically proven if the two are interlinked. We cannot say much about this survey. But, it is still a warning sign and it is important that we limit our time spent on smartphones.”
Dr Neelam Sathe, associate professor and unit head of the ENT department at KEM Hospital, said, “The radiation emitted by smartphones is hazardous to our health. Many disease can be caused due to smartphone use, while the disease itself is not caused due to smartphone use, it still high have had a certain role to play in the development of the condition.”
Dr Sathe added, “We see many patients who experience headache and ear pain due to being on the phone for a long amount of time. We advise these patients to use earphones while speaking to people or limit time spent on their devices. This can help reduce harmful exposure to radiation.”