9. Increases Accident Risk
Many objects and activities can pose visual, manual and mental distractions while driving a vehicle and the use of a cell phone is one of them.
A 2008 report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that any cell phone use roughly quadruples crash risk. Cell phones can easily divert drivers’ attention, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
Another 2013 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that crash culpability is significantly associated with cell phone use by drivers, increasing the odds of a culpable crash by 70 percent when compared with drivers who did not use a cell phone.
Drivers should not use a cell phone (handheld or hands-free) while behind the wheel.
10. Increases Brain Cancer Risk
As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), mobile phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves). This form of non-ionizing radiation works as a possible carcinogenic.
The radiation generated by cell phones triggers heating of the brain tissue, which your brain absorbs. This increases the risk of brain cancer.
A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Oncology establishes the association between malignant brain tumors diagnosed between 2007 and 2009 and mobile and cordless phone use.
A more recent 2015 study published in Pathophysiology confirms that use of mobile or cordless phones increases the risk of brain cancer.
However, the risk is highest among people who have been using mobile phones for more than 20 to 25 years.
Tips to Protect Yourself from Harmful Radiation of Cell Phones
- Instead of holding your phone up to your ear, use the speaker when talking to someone.
- Keep cell phone conversations and leisurely talks to a minimum. For longer conversations, use a landline.
- Never ditch the landline. It is much safer than your mobile phone.
- If possible, talk less over cells phones and text messages. However, when texting is necessary, sit straight and keep the device at a distance.
- When you are in a remote area or you are traveling, limit your cell phone use.
- Avoid using your phone in an elevator.
- Keep your phone as far away as you can when you go to bed at night.
- Put your cell phone in airplane mode whenever you can.
- Do not use your cell phone while it is charging.
- If possible, look for radiation blocking or EMF protective clothing options that are readily available online.