Thursday, July 18, 2013

Blog Post #6 : Cell phones Myth III

                      So since in my past post I didn't able to disprove some myths about cell phones. Now I have read some articles stating that cell phones can't cause brain cancers. People believe that cell phones are harmful in our body. I don't know where did this beliefs came from. Maybe they are just  "HATER" or "ANTI-TECH" people. I know those words may be new to you but I know that you can get what I want to say. Going back, people who say this thing are maybe lacking of information and knowledge about cell phones. Well, this post will probably help you to gain more knowledge and change your perspective about cell phones 

                The International Agency for Research on Cancer says that."The largest study so far on mobile phones and cancer is part of the Million Women Study and included around 790,000 women. It found no link between use of mobile phones and brain cancer in general or 18 other types of cancer. The researchers found no link between mobile phone use and risk of the two most common types of brain tumour (glioma and meningioma), but did see a raised risk of one rare type of brain tumour (acoustic neuroma) for women who had used mobile phones for at least five years." There is also another statement that support this article."There still aren't any good explanations for how mobile phones could cause cancer. The microwave radiation they transmit and receive is very weak. This radiation does not have enough energy to damage  DNA, and cannot directly cause cancer."

              I was also surprised when I read this article because most of the articles I saw are only rumors about cell phones that it can cause cancer. Even though I know that cell phones don't triggers cancer, I will still limit my usage of it because I know that my knowledge or information is still not enough. I hope you to guys will do it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blog Post # 5 : Cell Phone Myths II

               This is the continuation of my previous post. In this post I will be talking about the 3rd and 4th myths.

       3. Cell Phones as lightning rod

                 "There is a cell phone myth that claims that if you were to talk on a cell phone in the rain you'd be a complete idiot struck by lightning. I'm not sure how this dangerous cell phone myth came about or if a cell phone could actually kill in this way, but I'm kind of taking the "better safe than sorry" stance on this dangerous mobile phone myth."

                 During thunderstorm you must avoid using cellphones with cord connected to it. The cord may transmit electric shock to you. Even using cell phones outside is big no. Some study said that "It has been studied that if a cell phone is used outdoors during a storm it reduces flashover, or the ability that skin has to resist the production of electricity throughout the body. If a body's flashover is decreased then being struck by lightning can do much more damage to internal organs." The best way to use cellphones during thunder storm is to use it inside a house or an enclosed place.


      4. Can cell phones trigger a gas explosion?
                  "Have you ever heard the good old fashioned myth of cell phones being a trigger for instant gas pump explosions? Allegedly cell phones and gas pumps don't get along and you could be killed during their battle. Some gas stations even feed into this dangerous myth and plaster signs all over the place stating how dangerous cell phones are - so is this myth true?"

                Well I think all of us believe in this. It's not the cellphone that makes the gas to explode, it is the static charge. When static electricity discharge it can create severe hazards while in contact with flammable substances like gas. So cellphones has nothing to do when an explosion occurs in a gas station. There is a study that shows it's not answering calls or receiving messages that triggers the gas to explode. Thus, some cellphones have malfunctions  and coincidentally they also answer their phones or receive messages. I think any electrical devices that is malfunctioning would cause a fire.

Blog Post # 4 : Cell Phone Myths


             Rumors about cell phones are getting high. Rumors that claiming cell phones are more dangerous than a gun. Well, base on my research there are 4 myths about cell phones that claiming your cell phones can kill you.

           " If you have a cell phone in one pocket and a handgun in the other, which one is the most dangerous? Most would say that the gun is, but these four myths allege that your cell phone could kill you in more ways than your gun ever could."

          1. Cancer
                " People too cheap to buy a mobile phone always blurt out the myth that cell phones cause cancer due to the radiation of holding a cell phone against your ears all day long. The myth of the cancer causing cell phone has been around for ages, but is there any truth to this myth?"

              Some people are saying that when we are using cell phones we must use our left ear because our left part of the brain is prone to cancer. However, there is an article that I read that, whatever side of you ear you will use you are still engaging to high electromagnetic frequencies.

            In this case we must do something to avoid brain cancer. Here are some tips to avoid brain cancer...

*  Use headphones or a speaker- It uses less radiation.
* Listen more , Talk less - Cell phones creates more radiation when you talk or you text, not when you receive message.
* Weak signal? Stay off the phone -Your phone step up its emission to find a tower. In this case radiation is much stronger.
* Limit children's  phone use - Children absorb twice as much cell phones radiation .  


        2. Plane Crash

                    "Cheesy stewardesses always warn airplane passengers to turn off their cell phones before the plan takes flight, but they never follow it up with "or it will kill us all!" There is a notorious mobile phone myth that claims that if you use a cell phone on an airplane it'll cause a crash and kill everyone on board, but is this myth true?"

                 Basically, cell phones won't cause a plane to crash.  The reason behind this thing, is that cell phones may interfere the avionics system. FAA( Federal Aviation Administration) prohibit the use of cell phones in the plane because when an emergency occurs like emergency landing for some health reasons. They might  have a problem in making contact because of the signal interference  And also, another reason why aircraft companies prohibit cellphones in the plane is just because of the bomb threat. Cell Phone  can be a bomb. Even it is just a handy thing, still it can make a massive explosion.

I will continue  this topic on my next post.  I'll just take a break :D Stay tuned and thanks for visiting my blog :D 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Blog Post #3 : How can cell phones affect our self-esteem.

                 " You can't touch it, but it affects how you feel. You can't see it, but it's there when you look at yourself in the mirror. You can't hear it, but it's there every time you talk about yourself. What is this important but mysterious thing? It's your self-esteem!" Self-Esteem is the basis of our confidence . Having high self-esteem is like having a "COKE" because when you have "COKE" you "CAN OPEN YOUR HAPPINESS". Well, basically saying, having high-self esteem tend people to see their happiness in their life and achieve more goals. While having low self-esteem strips off our confidence. It's like smoking, once you smoke you'll smoke forever unless you're determined to stop it. Having low self-esteem widens your thinking capacity but limits your actions. How? It's just simple, for example, you want to recite in a class, since you have low self-esteem you will probably think that your answer is wrong so you will not recite because you think you will be embarrass in the class. These conclusion that came up in your mind became your navigator of your life that you will always follow because you know that it's true.
               There are many thing that can affect your self esteem. One of them are Cell phones. How? By cyber bullying. Some people are to sensitive that they can be offended  with these things. Some people who are doing this are not aware of what will be the effects of their actions to others. So I tried to research about it and I will share this things to you.

          According to Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. and Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D. "In our research involving approximately 2,000 randomlyselected middle-schoolers from one of the largest school districts in the United States, cyberbullying victims and offenders both had significantly lower self-esteem than those who have not experienced cyberbullying. This relationship persisted even while controlling for gender, race, and age, though our results suggest that males, nonWhites, and older middle-schoolers tend to have lower levels of self-esteem than their peers. Based on the standardized regression coefficients and percent of variance explained, the relationship between cyberbullying victimization and self-esteem is stronger than that of cyberbullying offending and self-esteem." 

        People who have been cyber bullied have the tendency to lower their self-esteem. Maybe the person will blame their looks, personalities etc... They may think that "why do people judge me like that" or "what if I didn't look this way". As what I have stated a while ago. when you have low self-esteem you will have a wider thinking capacity. And this are just one of the cause of why do people have low-self esteem.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Blog Post #2 : Effects of cellphones in our emotion.

      " Anything you do in excess is evil "  and cellphone usage is not an exception. Some people nowadays are "UNSTOPPABLE" in using cellphones. I'll just share some story to you. Once when I'm on my way home, I stopped into a fast food chain to buy some snack. There, I saw group of people who are in one table and they are busy in using their gadgets. I know this is very common to group of friends specially to teenagers. Well, honestly speaking, sometimes I'm also one of them. In fact, there are no days that I don't use my phone. My mother always remind me that I must avoid using phones while I'm in public because that is to risky. Due to addiction, I think? I always forgot my mom's advice that everywhere my phone is on my hand. Even though I know that phones has disadvantages people look to it as a useful devices. Well, I do agree with that. So in order to be aware of what are those disadvantages of cellphones. I do some research about.


        According to the researchers of the University of  Gothenburg in Sweden.Young people who heavily use cell phones and computers also complain more about sleep disturbances, stress and other mental health problems.They prove this through an experiment. They gave questionnaires to 4100 young adults(ages 20-24) who are heavily using ICT (information and communication technology). They later interviewed  32 of them and come up to the conclusion that, extreme use of cell phones and computers may be linked to stress, sleep disorders and depressive symptoms. The researchers could not determine causation, so it may be that people with depression or sleep problems are simply more likely to reach out to others using mobile technology. They also reveal that heavy using of cell phones can increased sleeping difficulties in men and an depressive symptoms in both men and women.

      "I might say this is true because I'am a heavy user of mobile phones. Now I know why sometimes I'm having difficulties in sleeping at night. At first I thought it was just my brain who keeps me awake because I'm thinking many things. On my next research I will try to find more things about cellphones and how does it change us socially and mentally."

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blog Post #1:Effects of cell phones in our social life.


Expressing yourselves are ways to tell a person on how you feel; however, there are instances that “The truth hurts”. Face it; because that’s how the world goes, there are ups and downs in life. Now, the insight is that whenever we express ourselves, it can be either through words or texts because that is how communication works. But the question is; Are they both the same? The truth is expressing yourselves in words is hard because there are instances that you may feel nervous, an example of this would be my experience in school. I have a classmate and friends; whenever, they want to say “Hi” to their crushes it seems to be so hard and complex, but if you ask them to SMS their crush they would be happy to do it. On the other hand, I learned from my research writing teacher that, the reason why texting to your crush is considered obnoxious because “words do not shake.” Meaning there are NO EMOTIONS to the text that you want to deliver to your receiver and vice versa. So in correlation to my topic, I would want to share with you guys why cell phones changes our emotions.a

There was a study by Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein. The study shows how cell phones can affect our social life. Their study goes like this. 

Przybylski and Weinstein asked pairs of strangers to discuss a moderately intimate topic (an interesting event that had occurred to them within the last month) for 10 minutes.  The strangers left their own belongings in a waiting area and proceeded to a private booth.  Within the booth, they found two chairs facing each other and, a few feet away, out of their direct line of vision, there was a desk that held a book and one other item.  Unbeknownst to the pair, the key difference in their interactions would be the second item on the desk.  Some pairs engaged in their discussion with a nondescript cell phone nearby, whereas other pairs conversed while a pocket notebook lay nearby.  After they finished the discussion, each of the strangers completed questionnaires about the relationship quality (connectedness) and feelings of closeness they had experienced.  The pairs who chatted in the presence of the cell phone reported lower relationship quality and less closeness.

This experiments clearly explain everything about how cellphones can affect our social health. Przybylski and Weinstein said that. "The presence of the cell phone had no effect on relationship quality, trust, and empathy, but only if the pair discussed the casual topic.  In contrast, there were significant differences if the topic was meaningful." So for me,  people who usually uses their mobile phones to build relationships are just wasting their time. Not only their time but also their social life. They will probably have problems in the future if they are just building their relations ships through technology. 

I will cast more research about this topic and share to you my knowledge. I hope this will help you to understand the disadvantage of using cell phones. Thank you and God bless.