Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt.
People are obsessed with their cells phones. They have to have the newest and the latest with all the bells and whistles. They always seem to be on them. You can’t even have a civil conversation with some people since they are constantly checking their emails and texting. But could all this accessibility come with a price?
According to the Environmental Working Group,based upon their 10-month research to understand cell phone risks, they found that cell phones do emit radiation. In fact, the EWG found that it is enough to cause concern about potential cancer risk. Until more conclusive research is done as to the effects of this radiation, the EWG has compiled a list of the most comprehensive online consumer guide to cell phone radiation. They have rated more than 1,000 cell phones marketed in the U.S.
“In our Cell Phone Radiation Guide you will be able to:
So many of my friends carry Blackberrys. When I clicked through to see who was the worse offender, the Blackberry Curve was fourth on the list of those phones that emit high levels of radiation compared to other phones. A Blackberry Curve emits a level of radiation of 1.54 W/kg) compared to a Blackberry Storm, which emits only .57 W/kg of radiation when held up to your ear.
In addition, a Blackberry Curve emits .99 W/kg compared to the Storm’s .5 W/Kg when worn on your body. So instead of recycling your phone, how can you reduce your exposure? The EWG’s reduction tips include:
- wearing a headset. Check here for a list.
- listen more than talk or text. Your phone emits more radiation when you text or talk.
- hold the phone away from your body while using a headset or speakerphone.
- Less bars means more radiation.
- Most importantly, limit young children’s use of cell phones since their brains can absorb twice the amount of radiation as an adult.
Check your own phone and let us know where your phone rates. Heed the advice of the EWG and be accessible and safe.