Roman A. Almanza
Ms. M. Garcia
Composition ENGL 1301 P57
October 9, 2013
The Thing About Cell Phones
Did you know that on average, an everyday cell phone harbors millions of pathogens; upwards of ten times more than a toilet seat? Would it surprise you if you were told everyday conversations are becoming rare and scarce? It seems cell phones are changing the world for the better—but are they really? Now more than ever, the invention of the cell phone, a small and compact manifestation of human innovation, has negatively impacted human health, and spoiled human interactions.
Human health is difficult to understand; it’s not hard to imagine how unsanitary a cell phone is. A cell phone harbors millions of pathogenic bacteria. Studies conclude infections are most prevalent because of the existence of cell phones in the everyday fast paced environment. A cell phone is the most common mode of transmission because the general public is unaware of bacterial cultures festering on their most reliant form of communication. Few are ever cautious with the handling of a cell phone; holding a piece of bacteria ridden plastic to your face isn’t exactly alluring (Jaswant).
In addition, a cell phone emits electromagnetic fields that affect the hippocampus--a complex neural structure of the brain that regulates memory. Without a sense of memory everyday tasks like driving, and facial recognition would be almost impossible. This research is conducted at the University Of Egypt and is in its preliminary stages; conducted mostly on rats. The differences between human neuroanatomy and that of a rat are not stark; If an electromagnetic field in the microwave wavelength, can negatively impact the short term memory of a rat; the damage it afflicts on the human brain is unfathomable (Afeefy; Tolba; Afifi).
On the other hand, cell phones are producing more social anxieties in adolescents, and young adults than ever before. Nie Erbring, a researcher at Yale University,...