Cell phones have become an integral part of our modern culture. An ever-increasing portion of the population owns and uses cellphones on a daily, if not hourly, basis. In the recent New York Times article “Cell phone Use Tied to Changes in Brain Activity”, researches found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the areas closest to the antenna. This increase in activity has not yet been shown to have a negative impact on the brain or the affected individual’s overall health.
While no concrete data has been collected to indicate that cellphone use is a health hazard, scientists are worried about the long-term effects of prolonged cell phone use. This recent study has shown that the low-level radiation emitted by cellphones does affect brain function, and that studies dealing with the long-term affects of cellphone are needed to properly assess the potential risks of cellphone use.
While I am not quite ready to stop using my cellphone altogether I am worried about these findings and their potential consequences. I am very interested to see what researchers are able to find regarding the long-term effects of cellphone use.