Cell phone use by children and adolescents is a special area of concern.
Due to their relatively smaller heads, thinner skull bones, and higher tissue conductivity, children absorb more energy from the electromagnetic fields of cell phones leading to earlier onset of some psychological and physical health effects (6).
Almost 87-90 % of the population in an advanced country like the United States of America, use cell phones, and a sizeable number of these are school and college going students (4).
In India too, we all see that the scenario is quite similar with people from all walks of life, educated or not so, and belonging to almost various age groups; owning and dependent on, a cellular phone.
The methodology adopted in the present study has been divided into three sections " sample, study design and process of obtaining data and analysis.
In this study students of both sexes within the age group of 17-23 from both rural as well as urban backgrounds enrolled in professional courses such as engineering, medicine, pharmacy, were included.On the World Health Organisation confirmed that cell phone use indeed represents a health menace, and classified such phone radiation as a carcinogenic hazard, possibly to humans (2).Not surprisingly then, this addiction of humans to mobile phones has even led to a new term being coined " Nomophobia- the fear of being out of mobile phone contact!Cell phones have become a ‘part and parcel’ of our daily lives.One alarming fact is that many of these devices reach the market without any safety testing on their electromagnetic radiation (5).Cell phones are part and parcel of our daily lives; it is hard to imagine being without a cell phone even for a day.We use our smartphones for everything, these phones come packed with some of the advanced tech possible that we can now use our smartphones as a guide or even as a nanny cam.Other common mental symptoms included lack of concentration and academic performance, insomnia, anxiety etc.Suggestions: This study confirms that the younger generation, who are the most frequent cell phone users, need to be aware about the adverse health effects of cell phone usage esp.Given the important role that cell phones play in our lives, it is perhaps time to take a closer look at the positive and negative impact of cell phones.These are some of the positive and negative impacts of cell phones.