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Mobile phone safety
Member Name: Sparky101
Mobile phone safety
Date: 18/11/00, updated on 18/11/00 (243 review reads)
Advantages: Mobiles are part of everyday life
Disadvantages: Mobile companies could get sued and put out of business if they're found to be unsafe
I can remember watching a programme a year or so ago which was about mobile phone safety. This was before the current concerns had been raised. They had a guy on the programme who drove for a living, a delivery guy or lorry driver, I forget. He used his work mobile quite a bit during the day for work. He developed a tumour on the side of his head that he used to hold his mobile. At first this shocked me a bit as I had been using a mobile for work for a year or so. But the programme didn't take their case any further, this was all the evidence they had. Then I thought, well how many people get brain tumours? Quite a few and I bet they don't all use mobile phones. So it could have been just unlucky in this guy's case that he got a tumour and it was 50/50 as to which side of his head he got it on.
Since a year or so ago there have been various studies into the safety of mobiles and more recently the safety of hands-free kits. They all seem to say different things. So what I've drawn out of them is basically, as long as you don't use your phone too much then you'll be fine. With the millions of people all around the world using them if they were so damaging to your health then people would suffering the world over.
It's like a lot of things, moderate use won't cause you any problems. Take alcohol for example. A small amount has bee found to be good for you, a moderate amount won't do you any harm, heavy drinking will more than likely cause you problems. Mobile phone usage I think is very similar. The vast majority of us have them for emergency use or just so people can get hold of us wherever we are.
Mobiles have now become a part of everyday life, like the Internet, and are here to stay whether they're 100% safe or not. Smoking has been categorically proven to kill you yet millions still smoke. People have got so used to their mobiles that I don't think they will give them up whether they're pro
ven to be safe or not.
At the moment the jury is most definitely out of mobile safety but the confusion hasn't stopped people from using them and I don't believe any further findings will change this.
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