Cell Phone Studies

Written by Rebecca Lord
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A growing body of research has studied the consequences of cell phone use. As the rate of mobile phone use skyrockets nationwide, physicians and social scientists have grown interested in the social, emotional, and physical effects of prolonged cell phone use. Although still in its infancy, this line of research has produced some very promising findings.

New Research Findings

Cell phones are a popular research topic because they have changed society on numerous levels, inducing both technological and social change. From a communications standpoint, they have ushered in a new era of productivity that extends to personal as well as professional domains. Although initial research focused on many of these promising changes, scientists are beginning to turn their attention to more harmful effects of cell phone use.

To date, the majority of this work has centered on adverse health outcomes that may be associated with cellular phone use. Radiation is well known as a harmful agent with numerous deleterious health effects including cancer and genetic abnormalities; however, it is unknown whether the extremely small emissions produced by cellular phones are of significance. Although the frequency is low-level, the fact that cellular phones are held adjacent to the head is a cause for concern. Thus far, the majority of preliminary studies have indicated that cell phones do not pose a significant health risk

However, the concern about potential harm has been great enough to spark FCC legislation that requires cell phone manufacturers to disclose the level of radiation produced by their phones. Moreover, the FCC has made a formal statement indicating that mixed findings regarding the consequences of cell phone radiation call for further research in the area. This research will explore the effects of regular cell phone use in the short term and the long term.

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