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Study Confirms Cell Phones May Cause Cancer or Other Health Problems

Study Confirms Cell Phones May Cause Cancer or Other Health Problems

This age of technology has placed mobile phones in the hands of nearly 5 billion people worldwide. Everyone, from the highest CEO of a multi-million dollar company, to college students, to the single moms waiting tables, have acquired cell phones and use them faithfully every day. Unfortunately, most don’t even consider the possibility of health issues that may arise from the use of a cell phone, the worst of which is the risk of cancer.

Instead of concerning themselves with the possible risks, many focus on what a cell phone can do for them. Today’s phones go far beyond the convenience of placing and receiving calls.  Users can use them to text, email, or send communications through messaging apps like WhatsApp. Cell phones also take the place of both video and digital cameras, let their users play games, download and listen to music, and so much more. But this convenience comes at a shocking cost.

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Health Concerns

Health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and even STDs used to be the leading health concerns, but those days are long gone. They have been replaced by overuse of cellphones, and the serious risks that go with it.

1. Cancer

There have been numerous studies that have aimed to prove that the use of cell phones may cause cancer. Many of those have shown little proof, but some concluded that users have a higher risk of glioma, which is a malignant brain tumor. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has even classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those produced by cell phones, as a possible carcinogenic to humans. Because it takes so long for the negative effects to show up, another study began in March 2010, called COSMOS, which will follow 290,000 cell users over the age of 18 for the next 20 to 30 years, to conclusively study the effects of prolonged cell phone use.

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To combat these risks, cell users are encouraged to take the following precautions. The first is to reduce the use of cell phones, and other wireless devices. Whenever possible, use a landline instead. People are urged to carry the cell phone in a bag or purse, rather than in a pocket. For men, this is especially important, because when carried in the pants pocket, or on the hip, it can affect fertility. Don’t use it in areas where there is limited reception, as this forces the phone to use more power to transmit. When a call must be made, use a headset, preferably wireless, or at the very least, a shielded wired one.

2. Higher Stress

Having a cell phone beeping, buzzing, and ringing all day can raise a person’s stress level. A university in Sweden performed a study which concluded that excessive use of cell phones can create higher risks of mental health issues for younger adults, including depression, stress and sleep disturbances.

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3. Vision Problems

The small screens mean a person is more likely to strain their eyes when playing games or reading text messages, which can lead to vision problems later in life.

4. Illnesses

Any germs picked up by the hand are transferred to the mobile device, and are then transferred to anything or anyone that touches it afterwards. In fact, 1 day’s use of a cellphone can leave as many disease-prone germs on it as there are on a toilet seat. A study done by the University of London even found that many of the phones tested were even contaminated with E. Coli.

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5. Chronic Pain

Constantly sending texts or emails can put strain on the hands and wrists, as can cradling a cell phone between the head and shoulder while on a call. Such contortion can lead to back pain, due to the unnatural posture.

6. Negative Emotions

Two studies done by the University of Essex found that simply having a cell phone nearby while two strangers talked about interesting or significant events created a less positive atmosphere, and caused them to feel less trust in each other when the cell phone was present than when it was not. This was especially noticeable when they were discussing very personal and meaningful topics

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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