Why Too Much Cell Phone Usage Can Hurt Your Family Relationships.



How Cell Phones Affect People’s Life.

Ever thought about how too much usage of a cellphone can affect your life and those who surround you? Cell phones are an expensive form of technology that has fundamentally changed the way we communicate and information flow. However, as with anything decent, too much of it can lead to dangers. A growing body of research is highlighting the various shortcomings of overusing cell phones and other mobile devices, including—ironically—the fact that all this communication technology is jerking us farther apart and negatively affecting our interpersonal relationships instead of drawing us closer to our loved ones. One increasingly-talked-about downside is constantly getting attached to a cell phone is phubbing, or “phone snubbing,” a trend that is unfortunately on the rise.

Overexposure to cell phones and cell phone dependence is the compulsive companion to phubbing, and like phubbing, they are increasingly becoming problems for many people. Do you realize that being constantly attached to our cell phones is taking a toll? not just on our relationships but also on our mental and emotional well-being, affecting our overall health.

For instance, usage of cell phones while driving has become a growing danger: Texting and responding to cell phone calls while driving has been seen to dramatically increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents leading to injury and even death. Approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving at any given moment in the day in the U.S., and in 2012, driver distraction led to 3,328 people being killed and 421,000 people being wounded in crashes and some even died. This is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research.

Makes You Less Connected.

Performing this once in a while is unlikely to be harmful we all require to occasionally wait for an important email from work or answer a text from a friend about something urgent or timely. The problem occurs when you check your texts and email every few minutes or several times an hour, moments add up to a large amount of time wasted on the phone. This is wasted and not productive.

Without realising it, you might be using a good chunk of the time you’re supposed to be spending with your partner or family focusing on your phone instead of growing yourself.

On contemplating how busy families are today, all the time we spend on phones is an enormous price to pay. The more precious your time is, the more you need to be vigilant about how you spend it, you need to create spouse-to-spouse or parent-to-child time that’s free of cell phones. Spare sometimes the with your family this will make them happy.

How do you feel when you are with someone and he is constantly scrolling, texting, or engaged with the cell phone in his hand? it can feel like you are not completely with that person. “When you have a conversation, it sends a clear message that you are playing second fiddle,” says. Roberts. Not only is this behaviour rude, but it can damage the quality of your relationship.

Dr Roberts’ study on phubbing, conducted at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, found that nearly half the adults surveyed reported being phubbed by their partner, more than a third said that they felt depression as a result of this behaviour, and almost a quarter said that it caused conflict in their relationships.

“Relationships are the cornerstone of our happiness,” says. Roberts. “Phubbing makes us feel awful, but even hard, it leads to unhappiness and depression.” There’s just an evolutionary basis for why we feel so uncomfortable when we’re with someone who’s not fully there with us at that moment.

It Is Addictive.

Exploration shows that smartphones are powerful mind- and mood-altering gadgets that can be as addictive as, say, gambling. They have turned people into compulsive gamblers where many people have lost a lot of money making others even commit suicide.

 It Erodes Your Relationships.

Your interaction with your spouse or child is not as good as you may think. We may picture ourselves as multitasking machines, doing a good job with everything all at the same time. But what we may not realize is that attention has limited capacity, says Dr Greenfield. When you’re with someone and you’re on the phone at the same time, you are where the phone is—in the virtual world. “It’s not quantity; it’s quality,” says Dr Greenfield.

It’s Contagious.

What does it communicate when pulling out your cell phone at the dinner table or in the middle of a conversation? it is just bad cell phone etiquette. Unless there’s a pressing issue you need to listen t, there is no rationale for keeping your phone at hand when you are with other people.​

Kids Learn From Your Behavior.

When you as a parent is constantly connected to your phone, you should know is for a fact that kids learn by watching what we do. Be sure that young children, more of whom are getting cell phones at younger ages, are likely to pick up on the way a parent might engage in phubbing and adopt that behaviour.

Changes the Way We Think.

Cell phones have shifted the way we interact with each other and have cut down the time we may spend being creative. Constant screen use in kids is especially alarming because all that screen time is changing the way they handle boredom and making it less likely that they’ll find time to do activities that encourage them to exercise creativity and use their imagination.

The Time You Spend Comes at a Cost.

Did you know that every minute spent online, there is a cost: The adverse impact of having less time for important things in your life such as sleep, leisure time, work, and family time, render you a failure in life.

It Leads To Procrastination.

How many of us have ever been on the phone, social media posts or scanning headlines or playing a fun game and then realized later that we’d spent much more time than we had planned? “Social Media takes much of the time which could have been used to do constructive which could lead to a successful life. This leads to procrastination and failure to achieve set goals.

For healthy life and relationships, we should limit excessive use of mobile devices and related   gadgets.We need to   healthy interpersonal and interpersonal relationships.




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  1. Knight says

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    1. Pauline Mokua says

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