For several years now, having a cell phone or a smartphone is a given. There are few people who do not have this type of device, and those who use it every day, cannot function without it. In addition, the phones today are not only used for calling and texting.
Many people use them to play games, listen to music, take photos and videos, etc.. They feel helpless without a phone and take their device with them almost everywhere, often also into the bedroom. Despite, however, all the pros of having a phone, we cannot forget that these devices can also have a negative impact on our health. Many people are aware of this, but ignore the fact out of convenience.
Israeli scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science looked closer at the threats that arise from the use of mobile phones. Their goal was to determine to what dose of radiation is the human body exposed when using a cell phone. The study was published in the Biochemical Journal.
They clearly show that using a mobile for even less than 15 minutes causes changes in brain cells, which may play a role in the development of cancer. This is well illustrated in the following graphs.
The radiation from cell phones is one of the more common subjects when it comes to the damage they can cause. pic.twitter.com/jTul2RddWG
— Maria Schell-Cannon (@schell50) 10 października 2016
All mobile phones are subject to strict regulations and standards for individual countries.
The tests carried out by the scientists determine the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). This value determines the amount of radiation that is absorbed by the human body when using a mobile phone. Currently, it is 1.6 watts per kilogram.
Here are a few phones, with the SAR dangerously close to the upper limit.