Mobile Phone Radiation - Delightful or Depriving by Muhibullah Amini, Jason Amoah, Adulsh Bhagoban, Rahul Puspassen, and Sinan Shabeen

Picture3Mobile phone radiation is causing a huge uprising in concern amongst the public due to increasing usage of electronic devices which have detrimental psychological and physical effects on our bodies, according to recent scientific developments. Technological devices emit microwaves and radio waves which are absorbed by tissues causing the body to heat up and cells to be damaged. This, in turn, leads to further complications including mutations and various cancers. Cellular device radiation also deprives students of their recommended 8-10 hours of sleep. It does this by tricking the body into thinking it’s daytime, causing it to try and stay awake.

Picture4A recent study in Sweden suggested that acoustic neuromas (benign tumours of the acoustic nerve) are twice as common in mobile phone users than in those who do not use mobiles. Other scientific research has been carried out internationally in America - federal scientists released partial findings from a $25-million animal study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless devices. The findings, which chronicle an unprecedented number of rodents subjected to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation (in order to replicate normal child behaviour), present some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure is associated with the formation of rare cancers in at least two cell types in the brains and hearts of rats. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified cell phone radiation as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans.’ Children absorb more than 60 percent of the radiation into the brain than adults. Their brains' thinner skin, tissues, and bones allow them to absorb twice the radiation of grown-ups. Their developing nervous system makes them more vulnerable to this ‘carcinogen’. As the evidence suggests, children are more vulnerable than adults when it comes to chronic exposure to cellular radiation.

Picture5Furthermore, sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer a myriad of negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, anxiety and depression. Daytime sleepiness, sleep deprivation and irregular sleep schedules are highly prevalent among college students, as 50% report daytime sleepiness and 70% attain insufficient sleep. The consequences of sleep deprivation and daytime sleepiness are especially problematic to college students and can result in lower grade point averages and an increased risk of academic failure.

In conclusion, in a day and age when mobile phones are essential and we have a dependency culture on electronic devices, it is difficult to avoid using them. However, there are many precautions which can minimise the effects it has on us, for example, switching your mobile phones off when not in use, including when you’re going to sleep. In addition, refrain from keeping the cellular device close to your body and reduce time spent on the various gadgets to make sure you remain healthy and perform to your best ability, both physically and mentally.