STU­DENTS DIAL IN TO THE EF­FECTS OF PHONE US­AGE

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

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.

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