Half an Hour of Weekly Smartphone Usage Can Increase Hypertension by 12%, New Study Finds

It is widely acknowledged that using smartphones too much can cause a wide array of negative physical and mental health symptoms. Most users try to mitigate this harm by reducing their usage to just half an hour a day, but in spite of the fact that this is the case a new study showed that this might be bad enough.

Research conducted at the Southern Medical University in China revealed that 30 minutes of weekly smartphone usage increases hypertension risk by as much as 12%. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this risk does not go much higher in proportion with increased usage. For example, study participants who used their smartphones twelve times more, or for six hours a week to be precise, did not see a twelvefold increase in hypertension risk.

Rather, their risk of hypertension only doubled, which indicates that reduction is not a clear path to preventing an increase in high blood pressure related symptoms with all things having been considered and taken into account. It should be mentioned that this study looked at phone calls rather than overall smartphone usage.

Making over thirty minutes of unnecessary calls a week might be harmful because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up raising hypertension risks to unmanageable levels. More research will need to be done in order to vet the results and findings, and until those studies come out there will be no way to conclusively determine the veracities of these findings.

One thing that becomes clear thanks to this study is that phones in general are having a harmful impact on human health. Even if you only use your phone for basic things like making calls, it can still negatively affect your body in ways that are hard to predict. Studies like this reveal the extent of damage that is occurring due to our overuse of smartphones, and there is no insight as of yet on what might serve as a cure.

Read next: Experts Raise The Alarm Against AI Voice Cloning As Scams Reach An All-Time High
Previous Post Next Post