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Monday, 25 January 2016

Short Message Service (SMS) Addiction

SMS

Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow fixed line or mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages.

SMS Addiction

-it is an irresistible desire of an individual to send messages with his peers. He can’t live a day without texting. - It is the persistent compulsive use of mobile phones or WEB in sending messages.

Cell phones nowadays have become symbol of independence for youth because mobile phone helps them to develop their own language and social groups away from the prying eyes of their parents.

Advantages of SMS Addiction

o Updated
o Socialized
o Free to express yourself/can still send a message if you are not able to speak
o Cheaper to text than make a call

Disadvantages of SMS Addiction

o Leading Health Problems
o Waste of money
o No time for other important things
o Quite harmful

ISSUES

NEW DELHI: Widespread availability of cheap unlimited text message plans has made the service preferred mode of communication for youngsters in India and its excessive use is leading to health problems among them, says a study conducted by industry body Assocham.

The study has found that text messaging has become preferred mode of communication for majority of youngsters in India. It has surpassed rest of the forms of daily interaction amongst youngsters like face-to-face conversations, voice calling, etc.

Apparently, 60 per cent of youngsters in India send and receive over 125 text messages daily to interact with their peer group, the study says.

"Excessive texting is leading to a number of problems for our kids as they are developing problems like insomnia, depression, lack of eating, isolation etc," DS Rawat, Secretary General, Assocham, said in a statement.

"Besides, according to reports of chamber's analysis prolonged engagement with such an activity can lead to diseases like brain tumor, infertility," Rawat added.

Almost 90 per cent of those interviewed in Delhi-NCR 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 chamber's analysis, texting at the time of sleep is causing diseases like insomnia, anxiety among youngsters as they exchange text messages every night.

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