Cargi, many reports are coming about radiations and its hazards. Eventhough such reports are in place, so far no scientifically supported study had happens. We are very cautious about such health tips, but something's are beyond our control. Like using the microwave own for reheating and cooking, cell phone base station in populated areas, using mobile phones without hands free etc. I think after some time we may prone or resistive to such radiations, but am not sure about the biological changes it can cause.
Susan, Those are my sentiments too. I don't worry about whether my phones might be hastening my death. I sure hope somebody is looking into this, though. While I don't expect to do away with my phones I know I can do without them if there's enough convincing evidence that it lops years off one's life.
I might use them less frequently, charge them away from my desk, pack them in radiation-proof containers or join some class-action lawsuit to make sure I can live the rest of my life in relative comfort. One more reason to keep an eye on how much money manufacturers are making -- just in case!
I reckon extensive use of mobile phones might be bad for you. I know of people who have complained of headaches etc. after prolonged use of mobiles. I think we will not know the answer for many years or generations to come.
Did I miss a comment from you or was that a reply for me and Clairvoyant together?
I don't think it's possible. One of the biggest challenges designers of electronics products usually face is to design circuits that don't produce too much EMR. I haven't heard of any reasearch being conducted about the possibility of designing circuits without any EMR. In any case, the EMR present in the circuits is not enough to affect the human health in normal conditions.
There might be a case of accelerating a process that already exists in the human cells, though, but this doesn't mean we have to blame the EMR for that if the medical condition had not been detected beforehand and was just in a latent state.
I insist, we need to learn to live with the results and consequences of the technological advancements, unless we want to move to a cave far away from civilization, go fishing, hunting and eating fruit and leaves from the trees.
Evolution has advantages and disadvantages, just like everything else.
TaimoorZ, I don't have any research report on this unfortunately. However, I remember reading somewhere that the Bluetooth option is preferred over the headsets that attach to the phone via cables. Apparently, the cables act as an antenna and expose the user to high levels of EMR from the mobile phone.
Obviously, there is EMR from the Bluetooth headsets too but this seems to have small health risks due to low RF transmission power. Again, let me remind you that I do not have any quantitative analysis on this and would be very interested to have a look if anyone is able to provide a document or a link.
Thanks Clairvoyant. I wanted to respond to Susan. Yes, i agree with you in totality, we could only be thinking of an alternative scheme to RF. How possible this could be without electromagnetic radiation, achieving complex communications handshake in a jiffy without RF based technique.
Clairvoyant, get rid of the devices? We can only expect exponential use of RF and microprocessor embedding devices in few years time. Take a stock of electronics devices in your home running on microprocessor or perhaps RF baseband, you might probably get many. As technology advances we expect more to come - radio controlled wall clock, smart metering, wristwatch, dishwasher, washing machine, in-vehicle-infotainment and etc.
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