Dangers of Cellphones

Chris Tisdale
English 11
The Dangers of Cellphones

Cellphones are tools designed to communicate in a convenient and safe manner. To the common cellphone user, this seems obvious, and they dont consider the dangers and downsides to owning mobile phones. The dangers of some things outweigh the benefits; are cellphones one of these devils in disguise Im going to discuss some of the dangers of owning and using these ???convenient??? tool.

Cellphones operate on extremely high frequency radio waves, far beyond the audible range heard by humans. These waves have not been in use for long enough to produce definite results in tests for ???long term??? health effects. Some unsettling, subtle clues that these frequencies will cause much more harm than good to the human body in the near future are seen in todays society. An example of one of these clues is a sensitivity to these waves, called EHS or ???electro-hypersensitivity???, a condition which exists in a small percentage of people around the world, Sweden being one of the leading bearers of affected people, with 3% of the population having reactions. Reactions to a cellphones signal to a person with EHS can be excruciating and of extreme inconvenience in a world of so many of these signals. This condition causes nausea and headache, and in severe cases, unconsciousness and heart palpitations.

Cellphones also are one of the leading causes of vehicle-involved deaths in the past decade, due to the massive explosion of cellphone use all over the world. Some countries have started employing laws to fight this problem. Canada is no exception, with severe penalties being put on drivers found to be using their cellphones, whether for talking or texting, while driving. Other countries such as China, Germany, France and many others, including several states in the USA, have started enforcing similar restrictions and bans on cellphone use while operating a vehicle.

The radiation from cellphones can cause the breakdown of barriers in the human brain, allowing the deposition of usually harmless chemicals into the brain, enhancing chances of cancer. Any kind of radiation is harmful in large enough doses; the big problem is that the world today is a sea of radiation, coming from everything from your refrigerator to your radio to the lights in your house. This constant shower of ???harmless??? radiant waves is causing a jump in cancer rates all over the world, cellphones being one of the leading producers of it. An example of this is the leap in numbers of brain tumors through the past dozen-or-so years thought to be caused by a cellphones radiation being put right next to the head while talking.

Another harmful condition being caused by cellphones is narrowed to their texting function, specifically in teenagers. Verizon wireless states that the average American teenager sends nearly thirty thousand, thats right THIRTY THOUSAND, texts per year, thats at an average of eighty per day. This intense repetitive use of the hands can cause musculoskeletal disorders, which could lead to temporary or permanent damage to the thumbs. This number will continue to grow, causing more and more of these debilitating injuries. Something as simple as communicating with friends should not cause physical harm to anyone, unfortunately it is.

Cellphones are viewed by most of the world as handy and amazing devices, many people saying they ???cant live without their phones.??? The brutal truth is that the population of cellphone users is going to have to learn to live without their constant phone companion, or suffer the sometimes painful and sometimes tragic consequences of the over use of these devices. Many will argue the point and say that their cellphones are tools, but in the same respect, a gun is a tool, and it can cause great harm as well. An epidemic is sweeping the nation, without much in the way of stopping it.

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