STUDENTS DIAL IN TO THE EFFECTS OF PHONE USAGE
STUDENTS at Our Lady of Lourdes have chosen to highlight the negative side effects of too much mobile phone use for their Young Social Innovators ( YSI) project.
The TY3 class has carried out surveys among their peers and parents about the effects mobile phone use has and came to some startling and edifying conclusions.
Julia Dlugosz and Sarah O’Sullivan explained how anxiety is one of the main side effects experienced by teenagers. They said: ‘We asked girls how they felt after they used their phones and gave surveys to parents and pupils and to pupils in 3rd to 6th class in St Canice’s.’
They discovered that most of the primary school children already used smartphones in their daily lives, while national reports recently highlighted how children have been receiving smartphones for their Communions.
The class are planing to fundraise to raise money for Mental Health Ireland to help combat the associated problem.
Their survey found that girls are more affected by phone use through apps like Photoshop.
‘ Their self esteem can be very low and there is a major addiction. We put it to teachers and how they deal with it and all shcools have a no mobile phone policy which is not always followed.’
Among the physical and mental side effects the class have highlighted are: sleep deprivation, stress, blurred vision, eye strain, failure to release melatonin, nerve damage, finger indentation, phantom pocket vibration syndrome, enhanced carpel tunnel, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, dry eyes, stress on neck muscles, slouching, pressure on spine, finger cramping, bacteria, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and addiction.
Our Lady of Lourdes transition year students launching their ‘Phone Fever’ project.