Modern Studies Reveal How Having A Cell Phone Can Be A Burden


By Tiffany Tran

Americans check their phones at least 96 times per day which can cause problems like depression. Photo by Tiffany Tran.

Tiffany Tran, reporter

Did you know that the first phone was as large and heavy as a modern day computer and was only used for talking? Though as the world advanced so did cell phones. Now you can carry it wherever you go and do almost anything with it. Since then, cell phones have become a major part of peoples lives. In 2022, research showed that roughly 6.65 billion people owned a smartphone, and that number will keep growing. When cell phones are so useful, how is it hurting us?

The main problem of cell phones are addiction. In an article written by Jack Flynn, it said, “The average American spends 5 hours and 24 minutes on their mobile device each day.” That is 5 hours that could be used to go outside, discover a new hobby, or even do something you love. The same article added, “On average, Americans check their phones at least 96 times per day, or once every ten minutes.” It slowly adds up and can cause to more problems like depression.

Depression is a major issue in the world especially in teens. Statistics showed that more than 264 million people suffer from depression. It also shows that these cases are increasing with the usage of cell phone apps like social media. An article written by Ellie Zolfagharifard said, “A recent survey has found around two-thirds of people on social media post images to their profiles to make their lives seem more adventurous.” Since the rise in social media usage, people have found it as an escape from their reality. When others see those pictures, they compare it to their own lives and it makes them feel their lives aren’t as exciting. They may then fall into a state of depression.

Feeling tired after getting enough sleep may be due to the usage of phones or other electronic devices before bed. An article written by Dr. Michael Breus said, “65% of smartphone owners admit to checking their phone at night.” It added, “However, our brains are very sensitive to light, and the blue light emitted from cell phones and other electronic devices delays melatonin production. Lack of melatonin can make it difficult to fall asleep, which can lead to insomnia and fatigue over time.” Insomnia and fatigue may also lead to other health problems.

While they may not be great, it will always be a part of our lives. There may be more cons in the future but it’s better for people to know the now rather than later. It may prevent other problems in the long run.