Smartphones are our closest friends. Literally. They stay in our pockets or bags during the day and stay nearby to act as morning alarm clocks during the night. The only times they might be away from the typical modern user is when they’re charging. Since you probably use your smartphones to wake up in the morning…where does it sleep?
The mobility of smartphones is made possible by radio frequency, which allows smartphones to go cordless and to send and receive data via signals from cell towers. It’s very convenient, since we can now be contacted anywhere and anytime so long as your phone has a reception. Unfortunately, that invisible radio frequency emission might not be as benign as you think.
The Effects of Radiation
The effects of smartphone radiation does not have a concrete confirmation yet, but recently, a biology project was conducted by five ninth grade girls involving cress seeds that are placed near sources of mobile radiation, which, in their cases, referred to Wi-Fi routers, but the results can apply to mobile phones as well. Basically, the cress seeds that were left in Wi-Fi-less rooms thrived, while those placed next to routers either mutated or died. Imagine if that referred to your body or brain! This study has currently been taken up by professors and professional researchers, so we might get better results and solutions soon.
Where Phones Sleep
According to an infographic by Online Psychology Degree, 90% of 18- to 29-year-olds sleep with their smartphones on their beds or pillows, or on tables right next to them. A quarter of all smartphone users don’t silence their phones before going to bed, resulting in 10% of them being awakened often by notifications or calls during their sleep. This results in disrupted and poor quality of sleep, which is something we do not want.
The average age when children get their first phone (not necessarily a smartphone, but a smartphone is the norm nowadays) is now 10 years old. Conversely, tech moguls such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their children away from mobile devices, despite producing such products themselves.
The average person is not even an adolescent by the time they get pretty much unrestricted access to screen time. That hasn’t even taken into consideration the tablets and TVs parents give their children access to when they’re young! With mobile devices becoming so integral to our lives, it’s time to consider healthy ways to use them.
Where Should You Keep Your Phone?
The best, if not ideal, place to put your phone would be in a different room, since the radio transmissions cannot penetrate solid walls. If not, you should at least attempt to keep it a few feet away from you when you sleep.
According to an article by The Star, would be to keep your phone away from your body, reduce smartphone use when the signal is weak, avoid using smartphones to stream or upload large files, and remove headsets when not on a call.
If you, like many others, need your smartphone for its alarm clock abilities, consider turning on Airplane Mode, which will suspend the phone’s transmission functions – and keep it blessedly silent for a good night’s sleep, to boot.
Mobile device usage is very likely here to stay. With its prevalence in school and in the workplace, it’s prudent for all of us to know how to use it well so that it doesn’t negatively affect our lives.