Is there any proof that cell phones are a health hazard?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many people that worry about the possible negative effects that cell phones may have on health. These worries include cancer and other serious health issues. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, there is no link between cell phone use and health problems.

Cell phones emit low levels of radiofrequency energy (RF). Over the past 15 years, scientists have conducted hundreds of studies looking at the biological effects of the radiofrequency energy emitted by cell phones. While some researchers have reported biological changes associated with RF energy, these studies have failed to be replicated. The majority of studies published have failed to show an association between exposure to radiofrequency from a cell phone and health problems.

Cell phone emit RF at the microwave level. This is only when they are being used. When they are in stand by mode they emit even less. Rf levels at a high enough frequency can cause tissue damage by overheating, but low level RF has not been shown to produce any harmful effects.

In addition, RF is a type of non-ionizing radiation. This means that the waves, both radio waves and microwaves, are not great enough to cause the ionization of atoms and molecules.

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ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There have been many claims that cell phones can impact health.  Many of the claims have not be substatiated and many of the studies have not been duplicated. 

I think one of the biggest ways cell phone have become a danger to us is by our misuse of them.  Driving while texting or talking has caused numerous accidents and fatalities.

In an article I was reading, several ways that cell phones can be dangerous to our health were reviewed.  One finding was the use of cell phones by medical professionals.  Doctors and nurses come into close contact with germs.  It turns out their phones do as well. A study found that medical professional's cell phones are a haven for microbes.  This made me thin of my cell phone.  I never clean it with chemicals.  I just wipe it off.  Another finding was the use of cell phones while walking.  They found that children who were crossing a street and talking on the phone at the same time had a greater risk of being hit by a car.  The child's level of attention to danger went down by 20%. Another finding was the impact that texting takes on our thumbs.  There are people who text so much they end up with blisters. People can actually have stress injuries from the repetition of texting. Some people have needed surgery to repair the damage.

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