Investigation Cell Phone: Use it less

By Dina Ginzburg

If you’re under the age of 18 and own and operate a cell phone, this news is for you! The UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recently done an investigation on the safety of cell phones and the results may be of interest to you.

Since the 1990s, when cell phones started to get popular, people have been worried about exposure to the phones' radio waves and how they affect your health. While experts have confirmed that there is actually no proof that cell phones are harmful, they still want to caution young people who use them in case of long-term damage.

Limiting cellphone usage only goes so far when it comes to these invisible waves. We’re constantly being hit by them courtesy of Wi-Fi, TV and radio signals, so it’s practically impossible to protect yourself completely…unless you go live in a forest far, far away from civilization (but then there are bears and things to worry about.)

The biggest direct danger that cell phones seem to cause are the consequences that come with crossing a street or driving while texting, à la Quinn Fabray from GLEE.

Experts say that they want to continue studying the effects that cell phone use has on kids over a longer period of time to know the exact amount of damage they may or may not cause. Until then, here are some tips on how to limit cell phone use, just in case.
- Try not to carry your phone in your pocket. Put it in a purse or a backpack.
- Even though it will emit some radio waves, turn your phone off if you know that you won’t be using it for a while – like when you’re at school, at the movies or asleep.
- On that note, don’t keep your phone near you when asleep. Other studies have shown that if a phone is off, you’re likely to get a better nights sleep!
- If you’re at home, call from your home phone instead of your cell phone.