Cell Phones As Bothersome
The frequent use of cell phones is an unimaginable threat to human health. As known to many, it has been proven that talking on a cell phone for as little as 500 to 1000 minutes per month can increase the probability of brain cancer by 300%. Not only that, it also causes disturbance in sleep, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, headache, infertility, and hyperactivity in new born children. Chances of Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia, ear defects, and blurring of vision are too noticed to be higher in cell phone users. In addition, cell phones damage key brain cells as well as the DNA.
Children under the age of 10, in particular, are a lot more vulnerable to microwave radiation because their immune system is weak, their skulls are thin and their nervous system is still developing. The dire health effects mentioned earlier are even more severe on children because of increased absorption.
On Your Behaviour...
Due to reasonable prices, teenagers can easily afford cell phones. They tend to overuse their cell phones every time at every place. The teenagers chat, send and receive text messages, download wallpapers and ring tones, play games and do lots more. In this way they get distracted from the more important activities and duties of their lives such as studies.
Due to such popularity, companies are constantly coming up with new softwares, features and models to attract more buyers and higher profits. Hence, the public would want to install new features and keep their handsets up to date, spending more money and time this way. They could also be tempted into getting hold of the latests phones even if their old ones are functioning, incurring unnecessary expenses without consideration.
In addition, mobile phone use while driving undoubtedly increases the risk of accidents (collisions). Conversation on cell phones, both hand held and hands free, can influence driving performance because the driver cannot concentrate fully on driving. Using a cell phone severely impairs a driver's memory and reaction times by disrupting signals to and within the brain. It is also considered that people talking on cell phones are even more impaired than intoxicated drivers.
On Our Environment...
Not only are drivers involved in accidents, so do the birds. Yes, birds. Every year, new towers reaching heights of 250 feet are built for mobile phones all over the world, even on top of mountains, which thousands of flying birds crash into. Common conjecture is that birds have a special sensitivity to microwave radiation, hence when flying in the night they rely on their senses instead of sight. As a consequence of cellphones being widespread, millions of birds are led to death. Additionally, farmers have noticed abnormalities in their animals which disappeared once the animals were repositioned away from the towers.
A more urgent issue is the improper disposal of cellphones. An estimated 65,000 tonnes of electrical garbage is contributed by cell phones every year, and the figure is growing. This is a growing concern as cellphones contain toxic chemicals and metals which when leaked and accumulated within our environment, will lead to vast pollution, such as lead and land pollution. When consumed, lead can cause dangerous implications to our internal organs, brain, nervous systems, reproductive system and even result in seizures or osteoporosis, especially in young children. What is more, lead can be fatal when consumed.
Most frightening is the vicious cycle lead and land pollution may result when leaked into the waters or sand and consumed by animals. We may be lucky to see abnormaly in the animal produce and avoid consuming their products. However, it may not always be visible and we may be consuming and accumulating vast amounts of toxins in our body.
1. Dave Bell on the discarding of cellphones. (14th March 2009)
2. Cera Paul for her article on the conlicting effects of mobile phones. (29th March 2009)
3. Sibley Guides on how bird mortality is compromised by cellphone towers. (29th March 2009)
4. robertoms2003 on cellphone and our environment. (29th March 2009)