Smartphone and computer technology has completely turned the world around, which helps in all areas of the life of the plan of work to the planning of the kids’ meals. However, these devices are distracting people as never before, and many suffer the consequences and even danger because of the distraction.
In a study about students, 97 percent of the students who are admitted to the use of mobile phones during the lesson. The reasons for this are less than academic also using the phones to text, check their email, or go through the social media. Many don’t even understand how these distractions affect their qualities.
Further, drivers are still using mobile phones while on the road, despite the tightening of laws and warnings from mobile phone companies. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use causes more than 25 percent of the car accidents in 2014.
At the same time, pedestrians also face danger as they walk while distracted by a device. More than 50 percent of adults who use mobile phones have walked into something or someone, because they were derived. Depending on what people are walking in, they could be risking their lives. Some pedestrians have been seriously injured or worse, with the focus on a phone call or text.
People simply need to their devices down and to remain connected to the Internet. Here are a few examples of people who’s life is in danger because of mobile phones or computers:
Lifeguard on Duty?
Recently, an autistic student drowned while swimming in the school pool. He had been to the pool with a group of special needs of children and should have close supervision due to his autism.
Unfortunately, no one saw the student of the danger in time, including the lifeguard on duty. The lifeguard was the use of a computer in a room close by when the accident happened. Had the lifeguard remained at his post, and off of the computer, this autistic student could have gotten help faster and lived.
Distracted Teen Driver
A teenager, Amanda, was notorious for the use of her phone while driving in her car. She had the utmost confidence in her skills and kept in touch with friends. Then one day, her distracted driving landed her in a accident in which her car rolled over three times. This time, she had a life.
After the accident, Amanda wanted her habits, keeping her phone when behind the wheel. A year later, however, she decided to pick up the phone while driving. They drove off the road and came a day later from the air lost. If Amanda had waited to talk with her friend, she would have concentrated on the road and maintain control of her car.
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Doctor in the Surgery
In some incidents, even doctors make use of connected devices during operation. A doctor at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic decided to take a picture during a throat surgery with a famous comedian. The surgery took a wrong turn, and the patient eventually die of the air supply is blocked. Although the hospital is not the link of the use of the telephone with the patient’s death, the doctor was undoubtedly derived during the procedure, at least for the duration of the image.
What are We Doing about it?
To combat this distraction, many companies may increase efforts to get people out of their devices. For example, mobile phone companies have launched campaigns against texting while driving. However, the National Security Council, the reports show that taking a phone call while driving actually causes more accidents than texting.
In hospitals, doctors’ use of mobile phones has also been very little monitoring. Although research shows that the use of mobile phones in the or can easily contaminate the surgery, many hospitals just do not impose any restrictions on this practice. If hospitals enforced rules about cleaning and the use of devices, they would help doctors better focus and protecting patients from undue risks.
You should certainly continue to advance your life with improved technology, learn where to draw the line. Take your own distractions seriously, knowing that you could be endangering the life of someone. Most of all, put your phone or computer away and be actively involved in the real world, free from distractions.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel’s senior managing health editor. He is also chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Click here for more information about Dr. Manny’s work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.