It can be said that a mobile device is one of most important and essential tools to live a life nowadays since 91% of all people on earth have a mobile phone in the middle of 2013 (Super Monitoring, 2013, para 1). According to Super Monitoring, the number of mobile devices would surpass than that of people on Earth by the end of 2013. Among the mobile device users, more surprisingly, 56% of people own a smart phone and 50% of mobile phone users use mobile as their primary Internet source. In other words, more than a quarter of internet users in the world are currently relying on mobile devices to collect their information, especially through using their smart phones. Due to the informational convenience and portability, the ownership of smart phones has increased from 35% in 2011 to 56% in 2013 among the entire mobile device users. Meanwhile, it is also very easy to see many people use their smart phones for entertaining purposes such as gaming and social networking rather than collecting information as was shown on the statistics (Super Monitoring, 2013). Accordingly, it is very evident to find some critical disadvantages from using mobile devices excessively for entertaining themselves, especially among young children and student users. Therefore, this essay will focus on explaining the significant disadvantages of using smart phones or mobile devices regarding the possible health, social and financial issues.
First of all, there are a lot of health issues reported from using a smart phone everyday. According to Science Daily, “Out of the 1,049 people surveyed, 70% of adults and 30% of children and adolescents have reported musculoskeletal symptoms in different parts of the body in relation to the use of electronic devices” (The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University & the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, 2013, Introduction, para 1). In other words, using personal electronic devices let us excessively and intensively use some specific parts of our body only. As a result of excessive texting with mobile phones, some users have experienced inflammation of tendons and articular degeneration in the thumb joint and index fingers according to the survey (The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University & the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, 2013, para 8). In addition to the musculoskeletal issues, it is well known that using a smart phone could spoil your eyesight. According to India.com:
“A recent study by Dr David Allambym revealed that smartphones were capable of
causing myopia or short-sighteness in people. This report comes in after there was a surge
of young Britishers being affected by the eye disorder. He states that he has noted a 35%
increase in the number of cases of advanced myopia in people from the time smart phones
were launched in 1997. He predicts that in the next ten years, the world will see a 50%