I sometimes wonder if cell phones are the new cigarettes. Now I’m not talking about addiction, even though some young people seem to be addicted to their cell phones by checking their text messages every five or ten minutes. But what I’m talking about is the long-term health risks of cell phone usage.
You see, back in the 1940s and 1950s people were smoking cigarettes frequently, and it was very popular and very en vogue to smoke cigarettes. Everybody was doing it! But the population at large did not understand the long-term health risks of cigarettes. It wasn’t until the late 60s and early 70s that lots of medical research came out that linked smoking cigarettes with lung cancer. Only then did people become more concerned, more worried about their cigarette smoking habits. And I wonder…is the same thing happening with cell phones?
You know, cell phones haven’t really been around that long. I remember first seeing them in the 1990s. So I’m wondering if cell phones are actually just as dangerous as cigarettes. You see, cell phones emit, or give off, lots of electromagnetic radiation, and when you place a cell phone next to your ear, you’re placing it next to your brain. And that electromagnetic radiation hits your brain cells. And if you are doing this on a daily basis, it’s possible that it could be damaging your DNA and perhaps even causing cancerous tumors to form over time.
Now there has been some research that has come out in the last five years or so that suggests there may be a danger to cell phone usage, especially in children, whose brains are very susceptible to this kind of radiation. So, if you are using a cell phone, I think you should consider using it on speakerphone or getting a special headset that allows you to talk with the phone away from your head rather than next to it. I would be concerned about that. Be careful.