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Mobile phone safety
Member Name: kensplace
Mobile phone safety
Date: 10/11/00, updated on 03/04/01 (578 review reads)
Advantages: Mobile Communication
Disadvantages: Unkown possible risks
This is a fairly long opinion, so I have split it into sections, to try to make it easier to follow (and for me to write!)
* Phone Emissions
A mobile phone must transmit its signal to the nearest transmitter in order for it to be of any use, as the nearest transmitter could be many miles away, a fairly powerful transmitter has to be built into the phone, and guess what, you are placing it next to your head every time you use the phone - some believe that this can lead to "warming of the brain".
Scientists are undecided as to the health implications of this as yet, but as I mentioned in a comment on another review, I have my doubts as to whether the vast sums of money involved in this industry may be delaying the process somewhat, the tobacco industry being a case in point, the health implications were kept quiet for many years before legislation forced manufacturers to warn the public.
Years ago, CB radio was popular, the advice then was to never touch the transmitting Arial, or even get too close to it, mobile phone manuals usually also state that you should not touch the aerial. Is having it a centimeter away from your head REALLY much different from touching it?
Hands free kits are a useful addition if you are concerned about this aspect, as they allow you to keep the phone away from your body when using it, thereby possibly reducing any possible risks.
The problem carries on to the mobile phone masts, this is causing a lot of people a lot of concern at the moment, as these masts relay the signals on, and are quite powerful transmitters.
There are many stories in the press about people protesting about masts being erected near schools, or homes.
Again, there is no proof that I know of that these masts are dangerous, but just as equally it has not been proven that there is no danger.
* Driving Safety
There have been countless cases of dri
vers using mobile phones whilst driving, and then causing accidents, a record breaking, world class cyclist was hit (and sadly killed) by a lorry once as the driver was distracted by a mobile.
If you must use a mobile phone, then pull over to make or receive calls, use a hands free kit, and don't drive with the phone
stuck to your ear!!
There is a case here that mobiles can help save lives as drivers can report accidents straight away.
* Ring Tones
There's also the risk of being driven insane by the amazingly annoying ring tones people select on their phone, some people seem to delight in leaving the phone ringing so they can hear there toy play!
The problem is worse in a large open plan office, everyone seems to have these phones, and the constant interruptions can be a real pain, not only does it affect concentration, but it can be like Chinese water torture having to listen to these tunes over and over!
It can be funny watching sometimes though, you hear a mobile ring, and several people all reach for their mobile to see if it is there phone that is ringing.
As far as I know the digital phones are more resistant to these problems than the older analogue phones, but nothing is totally secure.
Phones have been cloned, and innocent users have ended up with large phone bills for calls they never made, and mobile phone conversations have been listened to by third parties, without the users consent.
* Other Issues
If you own a mobile, and you use it, then ask yourself this question :
Have you REALLY read ALL the manual, if not doing so may be a good idea, I read the manual for my Nokia phone and it contained some interesting information, for example
Switch the phone OFF whilst near Blasting sites (In case it sets of the detonators of the explosives)
Switch the phone OFF whilst on a
(Airlines are VERY strict about that, they are not keen on a mobile interfering with the electrics and bringing the plane and its passengers to a early demise...)
Switch the phone off in Petrol Stations
(to minimise risk of explosion)
Mobile phones can be addictive, from kids talking to other kids, to the freedom aspect whereby you can phone any number anywhere, people seem to be using them more and more.
This is going to increase with newer technologies such as Wap (Wireless Application Technology, a kind of crippled web idea) and its successors.
Its good to talk, but mobiles are expensive!!
Another problem that I have heard off, and can imagine becoming much more of a problem as time passes, is the emotional and physiological damage that can be caused by the use of a mobile phone, and by this I mean the lack of face to face communication and worse the text messaging that is so popular.
Already bullying has been reported via Text messaging, and I can imagine it becoming more popular, as bully’s like anonymity so this is perfect for them.
The most worrying aspect of all, In my opinion is the massive growth in phone usage, almost everyone has one, if there is proven to be a health risk in the future, then pretty much the whole of the population will be affected, I hope for all our sakes that this does not occur.
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