We have all probably vaguely heard about the health dangers associated with excessive cell phone use. There was a craze a few years back of parents warning their constantly on the phone children that they were going to give themselves brain cancer if they continued to use their phones so much.
Though the idea is somewhat in the public eye, it is not taken seriously. Many think of it as a superstition, or just the product of old-school parents. But could there really be a need to sound the alarm?
Keep in mind, excessive cell phone use is a relatively new thing. Cell phones only fully caught on in the late 90s and early 2000s, and even then they weren’t as prevalent as they are now. With modern smart phones capable of many times more things than the brick-like phones of years past, cell phones are nearly an extension of the human body at this point.
Leif Salford, Head of Research at Lund University in Sweden put it well when he said “The voluntary exposure of the brain to microwaves from hand-held mobile phone…[is] the largest human biological experiment ever.”
The issue with recent scientific findings on the effects of cell phones on human health in the realms of reproductive health in men, brain cancer, tissue warming and more is that the whole spectacle of human mobile phone use is so new. It is extremely hard to understand the long-term effects of constant exposure to microwaves when we haven’t had enough time to categorize cell phone use in anyone as “long-term”.
Younger generations are using cell phones more than any other group, and at an earlier age than anyone else. The children and teenagers who are toting around cell phones today are likely to become the subjects of the experiment of long-term exposure to microwaves, and the way this will pan out is not yet well understood.
Possible future issues may include having trouble conceiving, mutations of cells, predisposition to tumors and more. There is no telling what the future will tell us about this “biological experiment” we’re performing on ourselves until, possibly, it is too late.