Connectivity is the name of the game for many individuals and businesses today. Almost everyone has a handheld device within their reach and is almost always connected to the internet, whether to communicate with friends, loved ones, and business associates or to keep up-to-date with the latest trends, news, and events.
The popularity of mobile devices is steadily increasing, as top manufacturers such Apple, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Blackberry, HTC, Asus, Toshiba, Alcatel, and more are constantly releasing brand new models of their smartphones, tablets, and laptops every year.
The fact that people have access to almost anyone, anywhere, anytime and can get information they need about anything has made it easier for people to perform daily tasks and routine activities. There is, however, a lurking danger to being too exposed to these technological innovations.
There are some who consider mobile devices as the smoking gun of the 21st century, because there has been a notable incidence of illnesses and diseases among people who use mobile devices. One thing is for sure, if the World Health Organization sees a cause for alarm in mobile device usage, then it is definitely worth looking into.
Mobile phones emit radiofrequency waves that are a thousand times higher than what is emitted in base stations. Any prolonged exposure to these electromagnetic fields can cause an adverse effect on smartphone users. How exactly you ask? These radiofrequency waves can be transferred into our bodies and affect normal functioning.
Listed below are some of the reasons that you should cut your time spent with one of your most prized possessions. These are health risks associated with prolonged exposure to mobile devices:
Cancer – Yes, cancer, the dreaded disease. More and more people are developing cancer since it was discovered. It remains a puzzle as to why, despite so many medical research and cancer treatment options, the disease seems to continue to flourish.
Other Health Effects – Some discoveries regarding the health risks of EMF to humans are changes in sleep patterns, brain activity, and response time. Although these issues seem to be minor, it could lead to more serious health concerns.
Electromagnetic Interference – If you have a pacemaker, hearing aid, or other similar medical devices, EMFs can disrupt the operation of the device you are using, although this issue has been resolved or reduced in newer versions of smartphones. There is also a concern with regards to how EMF can affect aircraft electronics and flight systems, which is mobile phone usage is controlled in aircrafts.
Vehicular Accidents – There are many reported incidents of automobile accidents wherein one of the involved parties are using smartphones and other mobile devices while driving, regardless of whether the devices are handheld or used with a hands-free kit.
If you’re waiting to read about brain tumors, you can relax for now because a direct link between mobile device usage and brain tumor development has not been established. Much has yet to be discovered about this specific area of concern, but this does not mean you can continue on using your smartphone without practicing an ounce of caution.