Are smartphones actually dangerous and, if so, how do they affect your body?
We have all heard it at one point or another, having your phone next to you is the equivalent of sticking your head in a microwave. But, unlike 2-minute noodles, we don't really get cooked by them. So what actually happens to your body in a smartphone-filled world?
Well, let's start off with a simple one: Can smartphone screens damage your eyes? Well, there has been no evidence found that links digital screens to eye damage. But, there are some short term side effects that people experience from staring at screens for far too long, such as temporary blurred vision, headaches and pain in the neck and shoulders.
Now for the big one: Does your smartphone cause cancer? And, you are justified to ask that from a handheld device that emits radiation. Radiation itself has a bad rep, largely thanks to the Ukrainians in the mid-1980s. But, there are many different types of radiation, some of which will most definitely change your genetic pattern, cause bleeding in the mouth and gums, skin burns and a whole lot of other nasty side effects. The radiation used in smartphones, however, lies on the non-ionising side of the electromagnetic spectrum. After all, light and radio waves are kinds of radiation as well. So although smartphones do emit radiation, it is a whole lot more harmful to get some sunlight on your skin.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, SciShow, on Your Phone and You: How Your Cell Affects You.