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Top 10 Health Risks of Smartphone Addiction | Side Effects of Mobile Phone Addiction

Below are Top 10 terminology associated with smartphone addictions:

1. Text Claw: describe all of the finger cramping and sore muscles that come from continuous scrolling, texting, and gaming on smartphones.

2. Cell Phone Elbow: describes tingling or numbness in ring and pinky fingers after bending your elbow for long periods of time.

3. Smombie: smartphone zombie” and used to describe a mindlessly strolling pedestrian whose attention is consumed by their device.

4. “iPosture” or “Text Neck”: refers to neck pain resulting from looking down at cell phone or tablet for too long

5. Digital eye strain: Staring at the tiny font in your texts and scrolling through dozens of tweets can lead to eyestrain, blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes.

6. Nomophobia: Short for “no-mobile-phone phobia,” this is exactly what it sounds like: the fear of being without your cell.

7. Phantom Pocket Vibration Syndrome: is the perception that one’s mobile phone is vibrating or ringing when it is not ringing. A study also found that students who were dependent on text messages and social media updates were more anxious when their phones weren’t really vibrating.

8. Phubbing: the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or other mobile device.

9. FOMO (Fear of missing out)—people don’t want to be left out of all the action that’s taking place elsewhere. They are afraid they will somehow lose out. Hence, they will visit social networking sites, check emails or browse WhatsApp messages. To them, it’s crucial to keep their fingers on the pulse and to make their presence felt.

10. Smartphone Selfish: Excess usage of smartphones effects insular cortex in the brain which is responsible for empathy and compassion. It is proven by University of Maryland research. That Smartphone use is likely to make us more selfish, and less likely to engage in ‘prosocial’ behavior.

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