Is My Smart Phone a Health Risk?

Most of us can’t imagine life without our smart phones. These pocket sized devices have revolutionised our lives. We are now just a click away from friends, family, shopping, entertainment and we can work from just about anywhere. The world is at our fingertips 24/7. The benefits of smart technology are obvious but along with the good are we all starting to click on to the potential downsides of continuous exposure to WiFi?

There is mounting scientific evidence to suggest that our addiction to smart tech is doing us harm. EMF’s (electromagnetic fields) emitted by smart devices are damaging our health. WHO (World Health Organisation) has classified EMF’s as a 2B carcinogen and is currently considering raising the classification to 2A based on the increasing research findings highlighting potential dangers. 247 scientists from 42 countries are appealing to WHO to launch an International education and awareness campaign highlighting the potential health risks from over-exposure to EMF’s..

The science is complicated and the the research into potential health risks in its infancy and more studies are needed to prove harm but initial findings are concerning. Young women with no family history have developed breast tumours after putting their mobile phone inside their bra for hours whilst exercising - whilst this behaviour might be coincidental more in-depth research to establish a link is underway. 

A link between decreased sperm motility and mobile phones has been established. This could lead to decreased fertility in men especially those who carry their phone in their trouser pocket.

Researchers are also concerned about brain tumours and long term exposure to EMF’s from smart devices.

Whilst this could all be scaremongering and while we wait for the science world to back up their theories with cold hard facts there are a few simple changes we can make to reduce our exposure to EMF’s.

  • Don’t carry your smart device next to your skin or in a trouser pocket. If you have no other choice buy an EMF blocking case.

  • Switch to airplane mode whenever possible. Create downloads - limit the amount of time you watch or listen to live streaming.

  • Create distance. 30cms (1ft) distance between you and your phone whilst talking is sufficient - use speaker phones or headphones (avoid bluetooth earphones, being wireless they too emit EMF’s)

  • Clean up your bedroom. Remove smart devices and anything wireless from your bedroom at night.

The future may show that any potential harm caused by EMF’s is minimal and nothing to worry about but it is always better to be safe than sorry and if nothing else you may get a better nights sleep!!