Today’s technologies are advancing at such an astonishing rate. This can make it difficult for even the most avid “techie” to keep up. Technology brings comfort and convenience to our lives. But, with that comfort and convenience, there often comes a price.
As a communication tool, it has no equal in how it has changed and affected our lives. The effect of cell phones has mostly been positive, however as it is with anything, overuse and abuse has brought out its dark side.
Let me ask you two questions…
how many of you keep your cell phones in your pockets???
Who sleeps with the cell phones close by at night?
Hopefully at the end of my presentation you will reconsider where you keep your phones
One of the unintended consequences of cell phone usage is its effect on the health of its users and even the health of those around them. I have decided to focus my attention on the radioactivity emitted by cell phones.
There are two types of radiation
Ionizing Radiation is radiation that has enough energy to cause electrons to be knocked out of their orbital shells in an atom, or to break chemical bonds within a molecule .an example is x-rays
Non-Ionizing Radiation is relatively low-energy radiation that does not have enough energy to ionize atoms or molecules. And this is the part I’m going to talk about.
Research studies from around the world have proved that cell phones have the potential for radiation exposure. Creating numerous health problems. The most common effect is the potential to heat up tissue in our heads where the- phone is pressed against. The thermal effect can cause headaches, fatigue, tissue swelling, tingling and other potential long-term effects.
The amount of energy absorbed is estimated using a measure called the specific absorption rate or (SAR).
On Friday the 2nd of February 2018, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released two draft reports on the effect of cell phone radiation on both rats and mice. They found that some male rats appeared to have a higher risk of developing tumours near the heart, after being constantly exposed to varying levels of RF (radio frequent) radiation. However, the radiation levels were higher than an average human will receive. There was also evidence that increased tissue damage occurred around the heart in both female and male rats.
Research concluded that there was some evidence of cancer causing activity caused by radiation emitted by phones that use 2G and 3G technology.
However, it is still unclear whether the National Toxicology Program findings are genuine or relevant to humans, but the tumours that they found are like the tumours reported in some studies of frequent cell phone users.
Here are some tips on how we can reduce our exposure to radio frequent energy
have shorter phone calls
use a device with hands free software or use your speaker phone
put your phone on airplane mode
Use an EMF shielding device
Don’t sleep with your phone close to you at night
Males don’t keep your phones in your pants pockets and females don’t keep your cell phones in your blazer pockets
We all know that cell phones aren’t going anywhere, in fact the no. of people using cell phones have increased and as each year passes users are becoming younger and younger.
In my opinion, excessive exposure probably has harmful effects, and, given the above recommendations aren’t hard to follow, it can’t hurt if we try to follow them.