Some Dangers of Mobile Phones

           In today’s industrialized society, cell phones have become an important accessory for people of all ages.  Everywhere you go, you see people, of all ages talking, or texting on their phone. In developed countries, the new trend is doing more than just making phone calls on your mobile device. It’s evolved into things like texting, and even getting on the internet, playing games, and checking your finances, making you capable of doing virtually anything on your cell phone that you could do on your laptop. Even in developing countries, cell phones are becoming more popular, and being used for simpler things, like health services. For example, for making important doctor appointments, or for even health officials that need to get a hold of somebody quickly in the time of an emergency.

            Although cell phones are very helpful and are used daily by many people, they can have a negative effect on your health. Many people that own cell phones know of the obvious dangers of them, but have not even heard of the major health risks they can hold.  One of the major dangers of cell phone use that is widely publicized is the act of driving while on the phone and more severely driving while texting.  Hazards like this are well known to many people, but some of the less evident problems are equally important.

            Cell phones have become a very important factor in today’s times. They are used for many uncomplicated reasons daily, like playing games, or sending a text to a friend.  In times of an emergency, mobile phones are a very important thing to have as well.  The convenience of not having to be constricted to a landline is also appealing; you can get a hold of anybody, anywhere you are. Despite the handiness of a cell phone for fun, and your social life, they are often used in the job world.

            In many jobs today, employees are sometimes given cell phones for work, and can be on them for a large portion of their day. Some people even do more on their phones for work than just make phone calls. The new trend with “smart phones” makes this very easy too. These new high tech phones can cruise along the internet just as fast computers, and can send emails like a flash. Some of these “smart phones” even offer Windows programs on them, with things such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

            Cell phones have come a long way since they were first introduced, and they are an important feature of today’s culture. Even though they are important, cell phones have serious potential consequences. According to Robert Sullivan in his article, “Wake-Up Call”, cell phones can cause cancer. It was shown in a 2008 study, done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, that people who have been using cell phones for more than ten yours, have a higher chance of getting Glioma, which is a type of brain tumor. For the most part, Glioma will usually show up on the side of the head where the phone was used most. Another disturbing fact is that using mobile phones can cause tumors in the nervous system, mentioned by Robert Hoover, in his article “health effects of cell phone use”. There is a vast difference between the amount of radiation put off by a cell phone, and a traditional cord-less house phone. In Sullivan’s article, it says that a typical cordless house phone can put off as much as ten mill watts of radiation, and a cell phone will range from one hundred to six hundred mill watts.

            Over the past years, cell phones have changed drastically as well; they can do plenty more things since they were first introduced. In Wilma Parilla’s article, “Cell phone use and cancer: a case study exploring the scientific method”, it is noted that there are three different types of cell phones; analog, digital, and Personal Communication Services. Parilla also added that analog cell phones are presumably older cell phones, that were made for mostly just talking on the phone, while digital cell phones, which were produced in the 90’s, and can hold more information. Also in this article, it was said that digital cell phones have the ability to send texts, check emails, get news, and other types of activities like these. Personal Communication Services is a new type of digital technology that can help with quality of calls and is even more efficient. Also, mentioned in J. Ralloff’s article, “Researchers Probe Cell Phone effects”, digital cell phones work by sending bursts of energy during all use, while in analog cell phones, there is a continuous stream of energy being transmitted at all times. Ralloff added that a person using an analog cell phone can receive as much as eight times the amount of energy from the mobile phone to their body, than somebody using a digital cell phone.

            Parents have always questioned whether or not their child needs a phone at certain age, for many different reasons.  Giving cell phones to children might not be the best idea; it’s thought that cell phones might be even more dangerous to them, than it is to adults. In Alexia Tsoukanelis’ article, she states that children have thinner skulls, which would make them more susceptible to the damaging effects of radiation.  Tsoukanelis also added that with a young person’s brain still developing, to take into consideration cell phone use.

            Although it has been found that the radiation put off by cell phones is dangerous, there are other ways that make this problem even worse. “Rural phone users may be exposed to more radiation because of poor service, if the phone has to work hard, it will be emitting more”, says Robert Sullivan, also in his article.  Sullivan also added that cell phone covers might cause the phone to lose some of its reception, which would result in more radiation overall. Another point made in his article was that with the growing popularity of cell phone cases among consumers, this issue could be considerably worsened.

            Also, a person might have the idea that if they limit their phone use, they will be better off. This is not the case. Having the phone close to your body, even while off can be un-safe as well. Sullivan also mentioned that radiation can still be transmitted to the body while not being used. For men, the phone in their pocket can also cause for the man’s sperm count to be reduced. These less-looked-into troubles should be taken into consideration as well.

            Knowing that most likely, people won’t give up their phones, there are different things that can be done to limit the harm and to protect yourself. First of all, unless you really need to make a phone call, I suggest that you send a text instead. Text messaging transmits less radiation to your body than phone calls do. Also, it is important to make sure your phone is receiving good service. Ways you can do this is making sure you use your phone where you are getting good reception, and making sure not to use cell phone cases. Another suggestion would be to try and have somewhere to put your cell while you are not using it. This is easier for women, who might be able to leave them in their purses, but it’s important for men to find a solution too. What I’ve discovered in my research is that there are dangers that are considerably more publicized about mobile phones, but some of the less-known dangers can be just as dangerous. As the use of cell phones increases, it is important that all cell phone users be educated on these matters so as to be made aware of the precautions they can take.