Start Texting, Talking on Cellphones Could Kill You

Lindsay Mannering

woman on cellTalk to your friends and family at your own risk. The latest in what seems to be an endless stream of contradictory studies shows that, yes, cell phones held close to your ear can modify your brain waves. It has yet to be determined if this modification is dangerous, but it's happening nonetheless. Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I feel like I could use a little more brain power, so perchance a synthetic pulse or two isn't such a bad thing? (I might have to be the guinea pig for that study.)

Anyway, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the study, which suggests that cellphone users shouldn't press their beloved devices so close to their ears, or carry them in pants or breast pockets. Sounds like either we're all going to die or become speed-texters by the time next year rolls around.

Maybe not die, but honestly, what is with these cellphone studies. Are they harmful or aren't they? Common sense tells me that it's a bad idea to snuggle with my BlackBerry not only because it won't love me back, but because, technically speaking, it omits and receives signals that I can't see but know are there. Just seems like a bad idea to hold that kind of power against my face.

Maybe it's because I was told as a young kid to stop staring into the microwave lest I pee my pants and forget who I am for half an hour, but these cellphone danger warnings seem to add up in my mind. I'm on board with the invisible waves thing being not so good for us. But what I find annoying about the research is that it's inconclusive and constantly changing. One study will say that cellphones cause cancer and infertility, another will prove they have no effect.

I guess the takeaway here is that we should all become texting whizzes just to play it safe. All those tweens and teens out there who send 500 texts a day may be on to something ... and may live longer. Or not! Depending on what study you read. Can radiation come up through one's thumbs and make its way into one's heart? (Uh oh. Sounds like another guinea pig role for yours truly.)

I got to follow my instincts on this one and say that it's probably not the best thing in the world to hold a cellphone for a long time against your head. But wait, they don't expect us to go back to using a land-line, do they? I'll take the cancer.

What do you think about cellphone usage studies?

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