Can Cell Phones Really Be Dangerous?

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Other than the fact that cell phones are a huge distraction, especially while driving and walking, cell phones can be dangerous to your health. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are three main reasons why people are concerned that cell phones may have the potential to cause cancer or other health issues:

Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, also known as radio waves, which are a form of non-ionizing radiation. Normally this radiation stems from antennas, and the tissues nearest to the antenna can be affected.

Currently, there are more than 327.5 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. This number increased from 110 million users in the year 2000.

Over time, the number of calls per day, the length of the calls, and the amount of time people use their phones, has increased.

The only biological effect of radiofrequency energy is heating. Radio frequency exposure from cell phones does cause heating to the area of the body where the device is held, but it is not sufficient to measure increases in body temperature. It has been suggested that radiofrequency energy may affect glucose metabolism in the brain, but the studies have not been consistent.

Maybe cell phones are not linked to causing cancer, but they do carry a ton of germs! Researches found that on 94.5% of the phones that were tested, nearly 19 out of 20 phones were contaminated with some sort of bacteria. Some of the bacteria found were known “superbugs” which are resistant to commonly used antibiotics.

Phantom vibrations are not as serious as say disease or car accidents, but phantom vibrations are an annoying side affect to the habitual phone user. Our reliance on cell phones may be “training” some of us to believe that it is vibrating when it is not. People are rewarded when they pick up calls or check incoming texts, which causes them to pick up their phone faster, and more frequently. People have gotten so good at detecting vibrations that they start to respond to false positives.

Texting can take a toll on our thumbs. The term “BlackBerry thumb” is used to describe the sores and blisters that some people may experience from texting too much. They are repetitive stress injuries, which cause pain, numbness, and discomfort at the base of the thumb due to overuse.

Many people have the potential to be allergic to their cell phones due to the fact that they may be allergic to the metals of the phone, like nickel. This leads them to experience contact dermatitis. Some people are extremely nickel sensitive. Symptoms range from a mere redness, to a rash, and even blisters.