Much has been written about the alleged health risks associated with mobile phone use. Most users are so devoted – some might say addicted – to their phones that they pay little attention to such assertions. The typical response is to either discount the credibility of the research or ignore it completely. In truth, however, there are some very real dangers, proven beyond question, that you need to consider and act upon. And they likely aren’t what you think.
– When most people think of the dangers associated with mobile phone use, the first thing that comes to mind has to do with the radio waves the devices generate. One Daily Mail article reported on Scandinavian and French studies that indicate significant changes to blood that is subjected to even normal levels of the low-energy radiation the devices generate. According to the NHS, this radiation is in the same general class as visible light, microwave, and infrared radiation. And despite the fact that there have been a significant number of studies over the last couple of decades to determine whether mobile phone use presents any health risks, the results thus far have been inconclusive.
In yet another Daily Mail article, a review of past studies, coordinated at the University of Exeter, found that the percentage of viable sperm of males who carried their mobile phones in their trouser pockets was roughly 8% lower than that of males who did not. While this alleged degradation might be pertinent in males who are having other reproductive problems, it is doubtful that the impact upon the general population is sufficient to cause alarm. Further studies are certainly in order, but it is hardly reason to toss your mobile phone into the trash unless your monthly bill is giving you apoplexy.
Being distracted :
One doesn’t need a research study to know that some activities are best conducted with your full attention devoted to them. Driving a car, for example, is an extraordinarily complex activity, no matter how experienced the operator, particularly when in the midst of congested urban areas or rocketing along at a high rate of speed on the motorway. Yet some people insist upon adding activities like texting while driving, which is an invitation to disaster. Even holding a hands-free conversation while driving diverts enough attention to significantly increase the likelihood of an accident.
Social withdrawal :
Poke your head into any café or restaurant, and you’ll likely see groups of people and even supposedly intimate couples so fixated on their mobile phones that they might as well be alone. And anyone who has ever been married or in a serious relationship knows that ignoring one’s partner during what should be (and once was) a romantic evening can result in emotional, if not downright physical, harm to one’s person. Put the phone down, and engage with the people who are actually there with you.
– For those of you who are not germaphobes who clean their mobile devices as often as they wash their hands, we have a bit of unsettling news. That phone that you are holding so close to your mouth as you prattle on is actually 18 times filthier than the flush handle of a men’s public toilet, and dirtier even than a public toilet seat. And how many men do you know who wash their hands after going to the bathroom but before flushing? Same here: none. To compound the risks, it isn’t unusual for friends to let each other use their phones for a quick call, so you could be whispering sweet nothings to all the toilet seats your friends have visited, as well. Not a pretty thought, unless, of course, you have a fondness for things like e.coli, coliforms, staphylococcus aureus and enterobacteria. The good news is that a bit of antibacterial soap or a wipe designed for electronic products, used on a regular basis, can work wonders.
– As noted above, all those wonderful things your mobile phone does for you can cost you dearly, resulting in a monthly bill that is sure to get your heart rate into the stratosphere. Of course, you could cut back on your usage, but with all your mobile phone offers, that would be like going on a diet in a five star restaurant. Fortunately, there are resources like MobilePhoneDeals.uk that will help you find a phone that does what you want and a plan that allows you to linger at the electronic buffet without breaking the bank. Do a bit of research, and you just might lower your blood pressure every month on your billing date. Good luck, and happy chatting.