THE IMPACT OF INCREASED MOBILE PHONE USAGE ON STUDENTS’ ACADEMICS AND HEALTH AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY : Many youths now have mobile phones that they carry with them everywhere. Many Lecturers claim that phones are distracting while students insist that phones are necessary.

Mobile phones aren’t usually that big so it gives the students a great opportunity to cheat. Most of the time during a test, students go to different websites to look for answers .Since they get free Wi-Fi in classrooms, computer laboratories; it even becomes easier for them to cheat. In addition to that students can also trade answers with other students in class through Facebook, sms, message and other social apps. Nowadays, mobile phones have become one of the most useful source in Uganda.

Makerere students use mobile phones for a number of activities that is for research this boosts their academics, to search for their academic progress online, charting with fellows in what’s App groups, registering on-line among others.

“I usually spend a lot of time on my phone, to research, interacting with my fellows on social media, checking my progress online among others,” said Musaasizi Betty.

The power point and prezi presentation below clearly presents the positive and negative impacts of increased mobile phone usage on students’ academics.Click on the links below.

https://prezi.com/view/NtfvtWNWefzo4AXd2i6Z/

Speaking to lecturers, these urge that students mainly spend a lot of time on their phones doing unproductive activities and this affects their progress in class.

“During lecturering, I notice a number of students paying more attention on their phones than on what am teaching, this annoys me a lot, a times am forced to chase them out of class,” says Gwomushana, a lecturer at the school of languages ,Literature and communication.

VIDEO: showing views from students,communication specialists and the lecturer.click on the link below.

When it gets to health students are not informed about the negative impact of increased mobile phone usage on their health.

According to Doctor Emmanuel Bagunnyi, the increased usage of mobile phones may be harmful to our health.

“Besides the number of mobile phone calls per day, the length of each call and the amount of time people use mobile phones are important factors which enhance the health related risk, Mobile phones emit radio frequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues close to the phone hence affecting your health,” said doctor Bagunnyi.

The thinglink below contains videos and content that continue to explain the impact of increased mobile phone usage on peoples’ health.

In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the International EMF Project to review the scientific literature concerning biological effects of EMF, and conducted a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from exposure to RF fields by 2012.

The majority of studies examining physical and mental health effects of cell phone radiation have targeted on the potential of cell technologies to cause cancer, nervous system disorders, and adverse procreative effects.

Our findings show that Most of the students are addicted users of mobile phones and they stick with them most of their time. Most of this time is an unreasonable and even the cash spent on their mobile phone.

AUDIO : students continue to give out their views on how they use mobile phoes, and Doctor Bagunnyi explains the health problems associated with  over using a phone.click on the link below.

The use of mobile phones has increased dramatically across the globe . Industry reports suggest that there are billions of mobile phone users. Data from the World Bank estimate that mobile phone usage has increased in Uganda. Click on the link below to view the statistics of mobile phone usage among Ugandans.

https://infogram.com/mobile-subscription-in-2017-1h0n25xjq7pj4pe

A MAP SHOWING MAKERERE UNIVERSITY.

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