Are teenagers growing ‘skull horns’ due to excessive smartphone use?

Neck strain and bone spurs are certainly possible from poor posture, but some experts doubt that cellphones are the only culprit

Are teenagers growing ‘skull horns’ due to excessive smartphone use?More than a year ago, a pair of Australian researchers published a paper in Scientific Reports to little fanfare. In it, they noted that a surprising number of young people were developing bone growths on the backs of their skulls. The researchers posited that this was due to the amount of time they spent looking […]

Can excess smartphone use lead to skin darkening?

Exposure to blue light from cells can possibly lead to skin darkening, a few studies suggest. Here’s what you need to know about the new phenomenon known as ‘cell phone spots.’ Are they harmful to us? Read on to know more

Can excess smartphone use lead to skin darkening?High energy visible light (HEV), also known as blue light, is emitted from the sun as well as from the screens of all our devices, including tablets, phones and laptops. Of course, the fraction of exposure to blue light is much higher from the sun, but the advantage is that the sunlight is further away […]

Here’s the proper way of holding your smartphone

Using a smartphone over an extended period of time puts an excessive amount of pressure on the hand, especially on your little finger. This stress could lead to the strain on the finger and may make it prone to deformity in the long-run. Today, we offer tips on how to position and handle your smartphone the right way to avoid strain on hand joints

Here’s the proper way of holding your smartphoneIn the past decade or so, there has been an incredible rise in the number of users of smartphones. This has caused a paradigm shift in the way the world communicates with each other. Social media, e-mails, texts messages, and phone banking are some of the uses that has caused this generation hooked on to […]

Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use, finds study

Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers, according to findings to be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019

Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use, finds studyThe study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens […]

Using gadgets before bedtime can impair your child’s quality of life

Night-time screen use was associated with poor sleep, both difficulty falling asleep and waking too early. Using screens in a dark room was associated with worse sleep outcomes than using them with the lights on

Using gadgets before bedtime can impair your child’s quality of lifeUsing screens before bedtime impairs children’s sleep and may diminish their quality of life. For the study, British researchers studied 6,616 children, average age 12, who reported their use of screens, mobile phone, tablet, e-reader, computer, portable media player, television or game console, during the hour before bedtime. They also filled out a well-validated 10-item […]

Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to clean it

Most people don’t give a second thought to using their cell phone everywhere, from their morning commute to the dinner table to the doctor’s office. But research shows that cell phones are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch

Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to clean itThe world is a giant petri dish. You and everything you come into contact with are carpeted with bacteria—so there’s no escaping microorganisms. The good news is that the vast majority of them are either benign or beneficial. That’s true even of those infamous “faecal bacteria.” While a sick person’s excrement harbours illness-causing germs, a […]

Blue light emitted from smartphones can accelerate blindness

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness. Light from digital devices triggers creation of toxic molecule in the retina that can cause macular degeneration

Blue light emitted from smartphones can accelerate blindnessResearchers from the University of Toledo (UT) revealed how our eyes can be gradually damaged over time as a result of being exposed to blue light. The study titled “Blue light excited retinal intercepts cellular signalling” was published in the journal Scientific Reports on July 05. This type of light performs the function of regulating […]

Social media ‘selfie culture’ may inadvertently boost narcissism

The findings, which appear in The Open Psychology Journal, show that participants who posted large numbers of photos and selfies on social media developed a 25 per cent rise in narcissistic traits over the 4-month study period. While further research is needed, the recent results may provide insight for those concerned about the effects of social media

Social media ‘selfie culture’ may inadvertently boost narcissismA recent study reveals that an increase in narcissistic traits may be an unwanted result of sharing images, including selfies, ‘excessively’ on social media. This uptick in traits pushed some participants past the diagnostic cut-off for narcissistic personality disorder. Social media allows us to share major life events and daily musings alike with friends, family, […]

Focus on the road, not on your phone says study

Injuries from falling over or bumping into things while using a mobile phone are on the rise: in the US at least 1,500 pedestrians were reported to have visited hospital in 2010 alone as a result of such accidents

Focus on the road, not on your phone says studyWhile researchers have previously looked at the impact of phone use while on a level surface, they have now explored how pedestrians cope while using their phone and negotiating that common trip-hazard: a step. Participants adopted “an increasingly cautious stepping strategy” when using the phone and deviated from a straight path more often. While the […]

Excessive use of smartphone cause brain tumours, reveals IIT Bombay study

A survey conducted by The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, revealed that due to excessive of mobile, emission of radiation and other hazardous waves from the mobile, increases the risk of developing brain cancer by 400 per cent

Excessive use of smartphone cause brain tumours, reveals IIT Bombay studyThis 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 […]