California Issues Advice For the Safe Use of Smartphones
Smartphones are more popular than ever before. In fact, for a while, there were even rumors that they would replace PCs. We don’t think that will happen anytime soon, but people are certainly using their phones more than ever. Of course, this raises important questions regarding the safety of such devices and the California Department of Public Health recently weighed in on the matter.
The state recently released information regarding the health effects of using smartphones. The report consists of multiple studies which suggest that smartphones could possibly be linked to numerous health problems including brain cancer, headaches, memory loss, and insomnia. To be clear, California is not calling for a ban on smartphones or even stating that smartphones are dangerous. It is merely providing information how to best minimize the potential risks.
“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” writes the CDPH’s Dr. Karen Smith. “We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults.”
The guidelines include simple suggestions such as keeping the phone in a backpack or purse instead of your pocket, using Bluetooth or speakerphones in place of holding the handset next to your ear and keeping the phone away from you while you’re sleeping. The report also advises against using the phone when it is transmitting high amounts of radio frequency energy such as what occurs when streaming videos or downloading files.
Overall, the guidelines don’t appear to be things that would inconvenience users to a large extent through the health benefits are also a bit unclear as the issue is still being studied.
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