Smartphone radiations have been a hot favorite of conspiracy theorists, where they have been trying for years to prove that smartphones are harmful to individuals and can affect users. Don’t worry kids, today we are going to debunk a few myths that should give you some peace of mind.
Statista published a report recently which showed the phones which emitted the highest amounts of radiation, that has scared a lot of users. According to the report, the Xiaomi Mi A1(1.75 W/Kg), the OnePlus 5T(1.68 W/Kg)and the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 (1.58 W/Kg) are the top radiation emitting smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (0.17 W/Kg) claimed the spot of the least radiating smartphone and Samsung was generally the least radiation emitting smartphone company, followed by LG and ZTE.
Let’s take a step back and understand what actually needs to be understood. A phone’s radiation can be known by checking its SAR values (Specific Absorption Rates), which is usually mentioned on the retail box. The SAR figures are represented in Watts per Kilogram and it merely represents the rate at which the human body absorbs these radio waves. SAR measures a phone’s broadcasting capabilities, when it communicates with the cell towers.
So for all practical purposes, these are not the kind of radiations that one needs to be worried about. Don’t mistake this for the radiation you’ve seen in movies which are going to mutate you. And anyway, every smartphone has to go through a specific series of tests by the local authorities of your country, and only when certified, will they be permitted to be sold. So your government cares a lot about you, even when you may not like them.
India has a permissible limit of 1.6 W/Kg, which means that almost every smartphone on the list is already “safe to use”. Secondly, these figures are different than those published on the retail boxes in India, so there is a difference in reporting between the Indian authorities and this new report from Statista.
And let’s be honest, even if these were the harmful kind of radiation in a harmful quantity, how many of us would actually abandon our phones? As a millennial who’s never been an arm’s length away from my phone ever since I have gotten one, I am positive that I’d rather bear the radiation than give up my phone. And let’s just assume that even if you did stop carrying a phone around all the time, there are still thousands in your vicinity who are going to be using phones along with the network towers of your service provider.
This also brings up the topic of digital well-being and how we need to be less dependent and reliant on our phones. I know that it is impossible to live without a phone, but sometimes, you need to actively try and stay offline for a while. Soak in your surroundings, take a deep breath and enjoy your environment. The real world is beautiful too.
Source : Google News