Should you be concerned about the radiation produced by your cell phone? It's a question that resurfaces in the mainstream media at least once every year, and with good reason: no one wants cancer.
Of course, the jury's still out on whether phones pose any kind of danger. Some studies (including, most recently, this one from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer [PDF]) say yes, others say no.
But here's the thing: if there's even a possibility of danger, aren't we better safe than sorry? Heck, I wear a seatbelt in the car because of the possibility of a crash, even though not all crashes are fatal.
There are no seatbelts for cell phones, of course, but it's still pretty easy to virtually eliminate their radiation risks. Here are three effective solutions:
- Use a corded headset.
- Use a Bluetooth headset.
- Use your phone's speakerphone.
Bluetooth headsets are okay, but they're often expensive, almost always dorky-looking, and one more thing to keep charged. As for speakerphones, in my experience they sound pretty crummy, especially if there's a lot of ambient noise (like in the car).
CNET has more on the subject of cell-phone radiation, including lists of the highest- and lowest-level models. (One key spoiler: the iPhone didn't make either list.)
What do you think? Is phone radiation a concern? If so, are you doing anything about it? Let me know your thoughts.
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