Why using mobile phone on the toilet might not be good for your health


Even though using a mobile phone to kill the time while doing your business in the bathroom may sound common to many people, unfortunately, the habit may bring harm to your health.

According to Dr. Anchita Karmakar, it might not be a great idea to bring the mobile phone to the bathroom. Since phone covers and cases are usually made out of rubber, they make a perfect breeding ground for bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and Shigella.

In case the hygiene fact is not enough to stop you from bringing your mobile phone to the bathroom, you might want to know that using mobile phone on the toilet could lead to potential health risks to your organs like brain, eyes, and spine.

1. Brain: Slow response, dizziness

Sitting on the toilet while looking down at your mobile phone for quite a while can easily cause insufficient blood flow to the brain, hence, why you find your head spinning after a long bathroom session.

2. Eyes: Dry eye syndrome

Since the light in the bathroom is generally darker compared to other areas in the house, it does not provide a suitable environment to use a mobile phone.

As you stare at the screen for a long time, the number of blinks is reduced by 1/3, causing your eyes to be deprived of moisture.

3. Cervical and lumbar spine: cervical disc herniation

Looking down at the mobile phone for a long time on the toilet can also cause herniated cervical disk which occurs when the gel-like centre of a spinal disc ruptures through a weak area in the tough outer wall. So, if you suddenly experience pain in your neck or upper back after sitting on the toilet, this may be the cause.

4. High blood pressure, cardiac arrest

It may sound odd but getting a heart attack and high blood pressure when you are using the toilet is a lot of more common that you think it is. In many cases, the unnatural sitting position on the toilet puts excessive strain that can greatly affect the cardiovascular system.

This will further lead to syncope, a condition where there is insufficient blood flow to the heart.

5. Hemorrhoids

Prolonged sitting, especially when you are too absorbed in your smartphone can increase your risk of getting hemorrhoids.

6. Osteoarthritis 

Not only it gives excessive pressure to your cervix and spine, prolonged sitting or squatting on the toilet also can increase your chances of developing arthritis. As the ligaments received extra pressure, it can further burden your knee joints and the ligaments around them.

7. Deep vein thrombosis

Most people think that long-haul flights are the most common factor of getting deep vein thrombosis. However, the truth is prolonged sitting can increase your risk by double or triple of developing dangerous blood clot.

So, if you still think that using your mobile phone on the toilet is a good idea, think again.


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