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How much radiation is your phone emitting?

August 30, 2019 2 min read

How much radiation is your phone emitting?

All electronic devices emit some form of radiation that have a wide range of effects. But as technology in its current form has not been around for a long time, the impacts on the human body are just starting to become known.

While there have been studies and established radiation levels that electronic manufactures are supposed to be under, two of the big smartphone manufacturers this last week were hit with a class action lawsuit. This lawsuit names Apple and Samsung as exceeding this radiation limit on their smartphones, which impacts millions if not billions of people.

In 2015, more than 150 scientists sent and signed an appeal to the United Nations and World Health Organization that called for more stringent requirements regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields. Due to its effect on living organisms such as increased cancer risk, the structural and function of the reproductive system, learning and memory loss and more.

Later in 2018 the National Toxicology Program did a study that found that this radiation can cause cancer and DNA damage.

While the FCC established in 1996 that cellphones can not put out more than 1.6 watts per kilogram over one gram of tissue, it was recently found that many of the more recent smartphone models far exceed this level. RF Exposure Lab tested many of the recent models from tech giants Apple and Samsung based on the company's own "recommended advice," at different distances from the body, finding the exact number they do put out.

So what can you do in the meantime?

For starters, use headphones (NOT airpods as those emit a frequency themselves) talk on speaker instead of right next to your ear, and carrying your phone in a faraday sleeve will cut off the radiation aimed towards your body.


Brandon Lasko
Brandon Lasko

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