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Sleeping with the enemy?

P. SUJATHA VERMA
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Youth Teens revel in sleep-texting, leaving their parents harried

staying connectedbut at what cost?
staying connectedbut at what cost?

Teenagers sleep-text, that is they text in a half-awake, half-asleep state and usually have no recollection of it the following day. This can invite serious health hazards as the young cell phone users are exposed to mobile radiation for longer hours. It also interrupts their sleep pattern. Teens should get at least eight or nine hours of sleep a night. Over-plugged and overextended, they tend to get less than that and this interrupts what could be a good night’s sleep. Mostly it so happens that they’re an hour-and-a-half or two hours into their sleep cycle, and the machines are beeping at them.“Obesity, depression and failing grades are some of the consequences. Distance from a handset is important. A technology-free bedroom can be an ideal way to ensure sound sleep,” says Counselling psychologist T.S. Rao.

“Ban them. Modifications like Smartphones or 4G features have added to the problem. Do you realise how many words the average person can type in a short time with one of those things? They’re mass word-spelling machines. And these teens are texting constantly. In the morning again, they wake up confused, grab their phone and start texting again,” says Umamaheswara Rao, an agitated parent. Even while the clamour against the cell phone-toting brigade grows louder, the section in question seems unruffled. “My cell phone is part of my life. I’d rather wake up dead than not finding it around me. Why should everything that we like be subjected to a ban?” argues student Teja Tanmayi. “Cell phones are useful, and to deny them would be unwise. I use mine responsibly, and I find it a convenient way to keep in touch with practically anybody, ” says postgraduate student, Sai Ganesh.

Psychologist Rao sees a simple solution to the issue. “Kids don’t have the money to pay for their technology but their parents do. It’s time parents helped them disconnect, go outside, look around at the world and talk to their friends face-to-face”.

P. SUJATHA VERMA

Distance from a handset is important. A technology-free bedroom can

be an ideal way to ensure sound sleep

T.S. Rao

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