Your relationship with your cellphone may be harmful to your health. A recent Harvard Business School study has shown that most of us have risky attachments to our cellphones that may be affecting our work, personal lives and health. One of the recent concerns is the harmful effects the blue light emitted from mobile phones may cause. Apparently, itsuppresses melatonin needed for sleep and dreams by confusing our brains into thinking it’s daytime. Without adequate sleep, we become cranky, anxious and generally not a pleasure to be around.
Aside from getting in between you and your nighttime zzz’s, cellphones also have a way of straining relationships with friends and family. We are often so consumed with texting, Facebook updating and Tweeting that the people we share physical space with have to compete with the thousands of other people our mobile devices connect us to. I once had a friend who — while driving, mind you — would press me to continue on with details about a recent date, while texting and checking her Facebook updates. Our relationship didn’t last very long. With her, I always felt neglected and even afraid for my life. A study from the University of Utah showed that driving while using a cellphone can be as dangerous as driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol level. I don’t know about you, but I have a thing against getting in the car with drunk drivers and cellphone-aholics.