“Is technology a boon or bane?” I’m still seeking clarity on this.
Technology has advanced our lifestyle and has made our life easy, comfortable and luxurious. In simple words, technology symbolises advancement of human knowledge and man is considered as the creator. But not forget to mention it has various drawbacks also if not used appropriately.
Talking about some great tech inventions of all the time, mobile phone is the most imperative one. It allows people from all around the world to communicate, access to all the worldly information with a single touch. While cell phones provide an efficient and easy way to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers, excessive use can take a toll on your health also.
Here, we have listed 10 ways to protect yourselves and your family from the destructive impact of mobile phones:
- Limit your time on the phone: Reduce cell phone use to only the most necessary calls, and when you do use it, keep your calls short and to the point. Research has shown that a short, two-minute call can alter the natural electrical activity of the brain up to one hour.
- Text when you can: Obviously you don’t want to do this when you’re driving or while performing any other activity that demands your full attention, but when a text will suffice, send one instead of dialling.
- Keep your distance: Do not keep your cell phone next to your body or in the pocket unless your phone is on airplane mode.
- Consider replacing your current phone with a low-radiation phone: Whenever you make or receive a call, your phone signal travels via electromagnetic waves, and scientists don’t yet know – fully – how much they will affect your health over a period of time. So for now, researchers are suggesting you replace your current model with a lower-emission phone.
- Use a headset or speaker: Right now, there isn’t enough research to determine whether using a speaker or headset, rather than your phone itself, offers better protection. But one thing is known: the electromagnetic waves emitted by your phone are absorbed most often received by the temporal lobe of your brain, during normal usage (phone to your ear), and that part of your brain handles hearing, auditory processing, formation of long-term memory, speech, and vision.
- Limit Bluetooth use: Remove your Bluetooth headset as soon as you are finished with your call. Switch ears between calls so you reduce the exposure to one ear. Also consider using a special headset called Blue Tube as it uses an air tube instead of a wire found in nearly all cell phone headsets, radiation emissions are reduced.
- Avoid making calls while charging your phone: Avoid making phone calls while your device is charging. Both activities generate heat. Either use a wireless headset to take calls or just be patient till your device is sufficiently charged.
- Delayed use: If you’re using your phone without a headset, wait for your call to connect before putting it next to your ear.
- Turn your phone off more often: No radiation is emitted when the device is off.
- Consider alternatives: When possible, use a landline or Skype, which offers a way to stay in touch without a cell phone!
To sum it up, the safest way to use a cell phone as far as we are concerned is to use it as little as possible. Don’t gamble on your life, and learn about the reasons why increased cell phone use can have short-term and long-term effects on your health.
Thank us later.