Could losing your mobile phone really be bad for your health?
Recent research completed by a major insurance provider has suggested that for many, their mobile device may be more than just a convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends. The study, undertaken by Cheltenham based Endsleigh, revealed that 24% of us believe that losing our mobile would be bad for our health. But could that really be true?
Claiming that losing your phone may induce health issues may at first seem a tad dramatic, but there’s a serious case to be made about the psychological and very real isolation we would incur from not having our phones.
…we organise our lives through calls, texting and social networking…
Being human is to communicate with one another, and in the modern world we organise our lives through calls, texting and social networking. Many of us don’t have landlines which leaves the mobile phone as our sole means of non-direct communication.
The modern smartphone is a portal to the wider world and without it we would be left feeling truly isolated. There were 712million smartphones distributed worldwide in 2012, which was a 45% increase on the previous year. 97% of UK citizens use a mobile with 64% being smartphones.
…a frivolous pastime…
The smartphone is a companion to our everyday existence; a personal assistant in a time of complete technological immersion. We shop on them, email, social network, text, call, apply for jobs, listen to music and entertain ourselves with their multimedia capabilities.
Then there are apps which have revolutionised everything from the way we do our banking, to how we navigate around our environments. The app may have been deemed a frivolous pastime in days of yore, but with a little research you can find some which are truly innovative.
…our mental state would surely become more fraught…
32% of people questioned would rather go without alcohol than lose their mobile and this seems like a pertinent comparison. Drinking is how many of us choose to interact with one another; mobile phones socialise us in a similar manner.
Most of us would like to think that we didn’t have such a profound attachment to a piece of technology. Even if our immediate physical health wasn’t directly affected in terms of symptomatic illness, our mental state would surely become more fraught.
…it’s not the mobile itself that we depend on…
We no longer live our lives according to rigid personal appointments but instead by flexible communications and impromptu get-togethers. Perhaps some of us have forgotten what life was like before the mobile phone when casual acquaintances were much more difficult to maintain without the informal framework of social networking.
It seems nearly fashionable to question people’s dependence on a flashing piece of plastic, but it’s not the mobile itself that we depend on, it’s the functions that it carries out which are integral to our modern lives. The communication age nearly defines our point in history, and perhaps the 24% are the ones speaking perfect sense.