Are Cell Phones Safe – Is Smart Technology Really Such a ‘Smart’ Idea?

Smart Technology EMF Risks
Smart Technology EMF Risks
Smart technology allows users to control home-automation systems using apps on their cell phones or tablets.

Smart phones are now considered the standard by which all cell phones are measured. This followed by smart homes, smart appliances, smart TVs, and now even smart meters. But is it really so smart to surround yourself with all this ‘smart’ technology? Are Cell Phones Safe?


According to a recent Financial Times report, leaders in smart phone, tablet and laptop technology, such as Apple, Google and Samsung, are about to take smart technology one step further, and are now scrambling to introduce apps that will allow users to manage home-automation systems from their smart phones or tablets. It sounds very futuristic to be able to control your lights, air conditioning, TV and other household appliances from the comfort of your couch, but while this definitely holds a certain appeal, this added convenience also has some drawbacks.

Smart Technology

Smart technology typically communicates via WiFi or Bluetooth which are forms of Radio Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). While these EMFs are generally considered low frequency, they still present health risks when we are exposed to them on a grand scale. Studies have shown that EMFs from smart meters, smart phones, tablets, laptops, and cell phones can pose health risks to humans, particularly to vulnerable members of society such as pregnant women and young children.

EMF Health Risks

Cell towers and electrical power lines have been shown to negatively affect the health of nearby communities, and have been implicated in various forms of cancer, especially leukemia in children living in close proximity. When comparing the radiation emitted from a cell phone tower to a smart phone, the radiation level emitted by a cell tower is clearly much higher, but as strange as it may seem, the health implications may be less. It all boils down to exposure levels. If your home is far from a cell tower, your exposure to that EMF source will be very low.

However, if you sit on your couch with your smart phone glued to your ear all day long, interspersed with internet activity on your laptop via a WiFi connection, while controlling your smart TV and smart appliances from your iPad in the process, you may find that you are in fact unwittingly being bombarded with EMF radiation from multiple sources as you go about your everyday routine. You are effectively being nuked in your own home.

While some may prefer to opt for the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) approach – let’s face it, turning our lights and household appliances on and off manually has served us perfectly fine for decades — others may be so in awe of newly introduced smart technology, or find it just way too convenient or cool to give up readily. Well if it’s any consolation, if you fall into the latter group all hope is not lost, as it is in fact possible to take measures to protect yourself from EMF radiation.

Protection Measures

The first step is obviously being aware of the dangers. Find out what the hazards are so you can take measures to protect yourself and your family from harm. EMF radiation is emitted by all forms of technology including smart phones, smart homes, smart meters, smart appliances, smart TVs, laptops, tablets and WiFi connections – find out which of these sources affect you, both inside and outside of the home. Turn WiFi sources and connections off when not in use, and connect via cable where possible, as it is much safer although a little less convenient. Invest in a EMF shield for all your mobile devices, as well as those of your loved ones, to protect your body from harmful EMF radiation emitted by smart technology.

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