November 28, 2018 by: RJ Jhonson
News) Smartphones are a considerable part of daily life these days. And
while they have led to revolutions in terms of convenience, communication,
entertainment, and others, studies have, time and time again, proven that
they have adverse effects on their users. One particular research found
that constant exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF)
emitted by cell phones and other communication technologies can
impair the memory of young individuals.
study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives and titled
HERMES (Health Effects Related to Mobile phone usE in
adolescentS), followed 700 participants aged 12 to 17 for one year. All of
these young people were public school students in both urban and rural
regions in Switzerland.
study investigated the relationship between exposure to RF-EMF and memory
performance. The researchers asked the participants to fill out
questionnaires that inquired about their cell phone usage, as well as
other factors related to their mental and physical well-being. Researchers
also collected the young people’s cell phone user data to maximize
objectivity. This step made the research the first of its kind to examine
the cumulative dose of RF-EMF in adolescents.
gauge any changes in the participants’ mental performance, the researchers
had them take a series of computerized cognitive tests. Here, they found
that cell phone use and the resulting RF-EMF exposure resulted in “a
negative effect on the development of figural memory performance in
memory is a right-brain function that pertains to the ability of the brain
to remember images. It was found that impairments in figural memory
correlated with the amount of exposure to RF-EMF. Moreover, the impairment
was more pronounced in individuals who used their phones on the right side
of their head.
findings are merely a confirmation of earlier conclusions regarding the
negative impact of cell phone use on the health of users. Some studies
observed that using phone shortly before bedtime caused alterations in
sleep quality, potentially causing an adverse effect on the ability to
perform abstract tasks during waking hours.
using phones for sending texts, playing games, browsing the internet, or
interacting through social media was found to cause very minimal exposure
to RF-EMF and so was linked to little impact on memory.
it’s not just exposure to RF-EMF that negatively affects memory. A study
in Frontiers in Psychology talked about the so-called “Google
Effect.” This occurs when people become less efficient at remembering
newly learned information when they are told that a computer stores the
data for them.
studies have shown that heavy users of smartphones exhibit “less
analytical” cognitive styles, as proven by poor performance in cognitive
tests. These findings suggest that the reliance on smartphones as a source
of readily available information makes people less likely to commit to
information they learn.
negative effects of RF-EMF on the body
is emitted not just by smartphones, but also by laptops, power lines, and
WiFi networks. The danger posed by this type of radiation goes beyond its
negative effects on memory – it is also known to cause a wide variety of
note, it is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as
a Class B “possible carcinogen.” Notorious cancer-causing chemicals like
DDT and lead occupy this category. Human studies have confirmed the
link between RF-EMF and the increased risk of developing cancer.
is also linked to infertility, heart palpitations, insomnia,
headache, and brain fog. In some people, the radiation has been known to
cause increased resistance to certain antibiotics.
recommend using hands-free headsets or speakerphone to direct exposure to
RF-EMF. This is especially the case when the network connection is weak,
as the phone is forced to function at full power. Sending texts may also
be more preferable than making calls. Whenever possible, keep the phone
away from the body.
technology affects the brain at Brain.news.