On October the 11th Samsung stopped the production of it's hyped Galaxy Note 7 after several caught fire or exploded. I don't know about you, but I was glad I owned an iPhone and didn't own Samsung stock that day. Terrible, horrific or weird you might say. But I don't only grasp on that. For the past couple of years I have wondered the effect smartphones have on us. What it does to our mind, to our spine, to our brain and ultimately... to our health?
We are developing applications focusing on optimizing our health through dieting, fitness, sleeping monitors apps and what not beautiful fad apps on the market. But what difference does it make if the device itself that runs these applications could damage us? The constant accessability to the global network through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and LTE and our absurd obsession to our phones may lead to serious consequence. How? We don't know yet. It's too early to tell.
The mighty radiation
Our smartphones produce radiation. Thankfully, it is only the non-ionizing sort (produces enough energy to move molecules in an atom, but not enough to remove electrons completely). Ionizing radiation creates ions, and it occurs in ultraviolet, x-rays and gamma rays. This can be very harmful for you due to actual breakage of chemical bonds through higher frequency radiation. So don't crush your bones and limit your x-ray visits!
The radiation smartphones produce are so low that it does not have anything to do with tumors or cancers, but more how hot your phone gets. Yes we've all been there. Now, the only harm it does to your body is by the means of tissue heating. But these are the short-term effects. The long term effects are the beef, because I guess we all still want to hang around for a while?
A new threat?
Phones have been part of us only from the 90's and smartphones from 2006ish? Many types of cancers aren't detectable until years after the interactions that led to the tumor. So there is no proof, yet. WHO has stated smartphones as "possible human carcinogens". But no one speaks about this. I'll leave that for you to ponder. The scary part here is that we live in a state of ignorance. We simply don't know what's going to happen. Are we suddenly going to have a ridiculous amount of brain tumors in 2050? Or are we going to be ok?
We spend about 3 hours a day tilting our heads forward to stare our smartphones. We keep our phones always in our pockets or somewhere close, while being continuously connected to the world. Over 1000 hours of added stress on your spine and 8760 hours of intimacy with your phone per year. Even if the radiation frequency is low. Volumes are high. Super high. And yes, bye-bye healthy spine and stress free mind (I see a clear market niche for solving this)!
Turn off your phone every now and then. When sleeping, use the flight mode and keep your phone as far as possible. Forget sleep monitoring apps. Why have that connection even when you sleep? You don't need that. And keep your phone in your bag and not in your pocket (if you happen to be interested in offspring). On top of that, it does not hurt to actually talk and interact with people face-to-face every now and then.
Lets make the 13th of December an international phone-free-day?!