Scientists from the National Institute of Science have warned that frequent and prolonged use of touchscreen in smartphones and other devices may lead to serious health issues.
In their paper recently published in the Journal of Medicinal Alerts, the research group headed by Prof. Alok Das showed strong evidences for their findings, which included synchronous MRI scanning of volunteers when they were using the touch devices, real-time heart-beat monitoring, and linear correlation of average device usage with the level of insanity.
“We were shocked with our own findings, since most of our equipment used for the analysis had touchscreen interfaces”, Prof. Das told reporters in a teleconference.
When a user taps on the touchscreen, the electromagnetic radiation bypasses the epithelial tissues and interacts with the arterial cells. This causes what is known as the ‘black-current’ in physiological terminology, causing an effect similar to a blocked water pipe in the artery. As the user continues to tap the screen, a random flow of black-current causes severe pressure on the arterial cells, leading to cardiac arrest, commonly known as heart attack among pub-goers.
Women are less likely to be affected by this effect since they mostly tend to swipe rather than tap on the screen, thereby streamlining the black-current flow. “And they also block a good deal of current by the resistance of their thick nail polish,” explained Dr. Sudhir Sinha who was not involved in the research.
Another important finding was the loss of fingerprints on excessive smartphone usage. “This explains why fingerprint recognition devices often don’t seem to work for some people. It is not the device, but the person with altered fingerprint causing the problem,” Prof. Das clarified.
These findings gain importance at a time when lots of toddlers are seen demonstrating their touchscreen skills on Youtube.