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Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

 

Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

by Amy Lignor

 

Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a revolution. Mobile devices are being used and will remain at the top of “must have” lists for all ages technology, cellphone, health, Mobile devices, stress, teens, bacteria, eye strain, posture, car accidents, nomophobiafor the rest of time. By giving the world immediate access to help, navigation systems for their cars, the ‘best’ lists when it comes to everything from where to dine out to where to shop for the latest dog dish, the cellphone has become all powerful. Heck, there is literally an app for just about everything you can think of on this planet now. Add in the music and entertainment industries and the cellphone hits on all cylinders. However, even though we are in a world where we all know the cellphone will never go the way of the dinosaurs, there is still a great many arguments when it comes to how and when the cellphone should be used.

Good health is on peoples’ minds. And since the most popular cellphone out there is referred to as a “smartphone,” it seems appropriate to talk about the “smartest” reasons in the world why you have to stop looking at that phone of yours 24/7, in order to gain good health. Reasons, by the way, that have been proven.

 

If and when the act of using your phone becomes way too frequent, you put yourself at risk for numerous health issues. Although the teens in America probably don’t care about this, it is a fact that you will care as the years pass on by.

 

First, we address stress. Cellphone use has shown negative effects on stress levels because of the constant ringing, reminders, beeping, alerts, etc. Just as it was with the regular home phone, where you got on a list and salespeople called every night after you got home from a busy day of work just to bother you, cellphones have the exact same effect. Yet that effect is increased ten-fold by the constant texts as well as emails that are being received.

 

More and more sicknesses are occurring because of the touching and spreading of bacteria that comes with constant phone use. No matter how many times you wash your hands, germs are always being placed on that phone of yours.

 

One of the biggest problems you will have to deal with later in life is the constant eye strain from your cellphone. The blue light (HEV) emitted through smartphones has been shown to damage eyes and may even harm them permanently. And not only are the eyes being harmed, but the cellphone also makes your memory fade. These smartphones we use are the process by which we now remember important dates and events, as well as using it as an alarm clock and to store phone numbers, addresses, names, birthdays and so on…leaving our own memory to go lax.

 

When it comes to the body, cellphones are most definitely destroying posture. We text, read, check emails and more, and when we do, we find ourselves in a “hunched over” position. This is most definitely not good for the spine or neck later in life. Not only that, but your hands suffer when you overuse that smartphone of yours. Texting seems to be the leading cause of arthritic conditions as life moves forward, and that can hurt a person severely in their later years.

 

Everyone already knows that car accidents have increased because of the cellphone. For the first time, alcoholism dropped to the number two reason for car accidents in this nation since alcohol was created because of the usage of cellphones while behind the wheel. But there is even a new disease called nomophobia. There are those out there who have become truly scared of being without their smartphone; so scared, in fact, that they are developing this disorder that causes extreme anxiety and nervousness. (A study done by Psychology Today of 2,163 people found that 58% of men and 47% of women already suffer from this phobia.)

 

Loss of sleep occurs because of the constant need to be on the smartphone, as well as the loss of social and communication skills. In this world – even though we are talking about a technology revolution – face-to-face communication skills are necessary. You must be able to apply for a job in person. You must be able to hold an educated conversation with someone. Yet the more people turn to their texting abilities, the farther they move away from being comfortable with talking in person.

 

The list of reasons to put that cellphone down in order to gain better health will grow longer. So think first: Be smarter and get healthier now by putting that smartphone down.

 

Source:  Baret News

God’s Graffiti

 

God’s Graffiti

Inspiring Stories for Teens

By Reverend Romal Tune

Judson Press

Paperback, $13.99

184 pages

ISBN: 978-0-8170-1733-0

Book Review by Kam Williams

 

“I was raised in poverty, surrounded by drug dealers, gangs and community violence. My mother was addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. I rarely went to church… [Yet] somehow God’s grace found and saved me when no one and nothing else could…

God’s Graffiti takes a look at young men and women in the Bible who overcame family and community challenges… Their stories give 51uSEn-86uLus some practical guidance for our own lives.

You have the ability to do amazing things through your faith in God, the courage to try something different, and the help of a few committed people.”

— Excerpted from the Introduction (pages xiv-xv)

 

Sadly, this is an era when the bulk of African-American children are being raised by single-moms with little investment in their lives on the part of their deadbeat baby-daddies. The absence of a father figure in the home ostensibly plays a big role in the high dropout, unemployment and crime rates presently plaguing the black community.

Romal Tune could just as easily been another statistic. After all, his mother was a crack head who never took him to church. And the absence of his dad meant he grew up on the streets where he got mixed-up with the wrong crowd and started dealing drugs by the time he was a teenager.

Miraculously, however, he found Christ and came to see the light and, benefitting from a new purpose, eventually graduated from both Howard University and Duke Divinity School. Today, Reverend Tune routinely ministers to the underserved as the founder of a couple of organizations dedicated to at-risk youth.

God’s Graffiti is a mix of memoir and motivational resource designed as a prescription to put juvenile delinquents on a proper path. The book’s title was inspired by the author’s observation of how the Lord often “takes what looks like a mess and transforms it into something amazing.”

What makes the opus very relevant is how it relies on scriptures to remind the reader of the humble beginnings which many a Biblical figure had to overcome en route to finally flourishing. Again and again, from the prostitute Rahab, to the abandoned Ishmael, to the orphaned Esther, to the unfairly accused Joseph, we see how these unlikely heroes ultimately conquered their considerable challenges.

For instance, Moses, the prophet who would part the Red Sea prior to leading his people to the Promised Land, was born a slave. To his credit, he survived being placed as an infant in a basket on which was allowed to drift away on the Nile by a mother desperate to save her son from certain death at the hands of the pharaoh’s henchmen.

Written in a down-to-earth style certain to resonate with the targeted demographic, God’s Graffiti simultaneously addresses such salient subjects as bullying, sex, suicide, eating disorders, drugs, alcohol, divorce and abusive relationships. A timeless tool offering profound, faith-based advice for troubled teens in need of reasons to believe in a better tomorrow. .

 

To order a copy of God’s Graffiti, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/081701733X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20