The first time I wondered whether mobile phones affect the cells of the brain was when I had placed my cell phone near the computer monitor. The computer system I use has the old-modeled CRT monitor. I had just placed the phone near the monitor, and after some time I saw a lot of disturbance on the screen. Thinking that I had received a text or a call, I checked my mobile phone; there was nothing. That’s when I wondered if the phone was emitting some kind of electronic wave all the time, even when it was not being used. I generally keep the mobile phone near my head when I fall asleep. So, are those waves or impulses, whatever that are being emitted from the phone affecting my brain?
Worried, I decided to do some research. I found that there has been a lot of research done in the recent past, especially after cell phones became so very popular. One study showed that the radiations from the cell phone considerably increased brain cell activity. There are other research studies that show that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the phones could even be carcinogenic.
Way back in 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) grouped radiations from the cell phone under Group 2B. According to their lingo, this classification means that the radiations could be possibly carcinogenic. Only further research will show the entire truth.
One group of researchers conducted a study with 47 healthy adults. Some of them were asked to hold the phone near their ear while others were asked to do the same, but with the phone switched off. The researchers found considerable brain activity in those who held the phones that were switched on.
It is yet to be scientifically documented if these waves cause any significant damage to the brain cells. But if we look at the way the few studies are going, it could mean that the omnipresent cell phone could soon become the bane of our life. Another frightening aspect we should think about is how these radiations could affect children’s brains. Not only are their skulls thinner than that of the adults, but the brains are not yet fully developed. So, could this mean that cell phone radiations are even more dangerous for them?
The cell phone has become an integral part of life, and there is no way we can totally cut it off from our lives. The only thing that I could think of is not to talk on the phone for long. If I have to do it, I would rather use headphones. And these days I don’t keep the cell phone near my head when I sleep. Stay away harmful radiations…