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SMS addiction leading to health problems in youth

Widespread availability of cheap unlimited text message plans has made the service preferred mode of communication for youngsters and its excessive use is leading to health problems among them. Text messaging has become preferred mode of communication for majority of youngsters.
It has surpassed rest of the forms of daily interaction amongst youngsters like face-to-face conversations, voice calling, etc.
Cell phones nowadays have become symbol of independence for our youth that mobile phone helps them to develop their own language and social groups away from the prying eyes of their parents.
Apparently, 60 percent of youngsters send and receive over 125 text messages daily to interact with their peer group.
Excessive text messaging is leading to a number of problems for our kids as they are developing problems like insomnia, depression, lack of eating, isolation etc.
Besides, according to Survey prolonged engagement with such an activity can lead to diseases like brain tumour, infertility etc. aAlmost 90 per cent of those interviewed by APP admitted that they sleep with their cell phone lying next to them and thus, keep slightly awake most of the time during their sleep.
According to analysis, text messaging at bedtime is causing diseases like insomnia, anxiety among youngsters as they exchange text messages every night.
A majority of respondents admitted that they are often awakened by a phone call or a text message after going to bed and the lack of sleep has affecting their work and progress.
Around 80 per cent of youngsters said they check their phones every few seconds to see if they have received any message and due to constant fast typing on cell phone’s keypad, they feel severe Pakistan National Youth Assembly’s President Hanan Ali Abbasi while talking to APP said the immature generation has become addicted to avail these kind a packages. These kinds of portable platform providers are taking away our youth from family, cultural, traditional and religious values and they did not even care about their health, he remarked.
He said it is responsibility of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to set certain standards and ask the cellular companies to abide by them to curb this day by day increasing trend which would create big problems for the youth if not address well on time.
“This step is imperative for safeguarding bright future of youngsters, and a code of conduct must be developed to create awareness among masses regarding harmful affects of excessive use of such services,” he opined.
The cellular companies seemed to be in a race to announcing free night packages, low rates for one special number etc. regardless of the fact that they are making customers addicts, wasting valuable time and distracting their attention from constructive activities, Hannan said.

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  1. fatima said:

    How is this the government's or Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) 's problem if people are dumb enough to not switch of their phones or turn them on silent when going to bed? and how is making sms packages more expensive helping anyone?

    That's like saying people are getting into car accidents lets make cars more expensive. Yes awareness is needed but blaming telecom companies and telling them to make their packages expensive is a stupid way of getting our 'youth' to go back to our 'family, cultural, traditional and religious values' and health!

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