Countless times our elders have warned us about the dangers of using a smartphone. And yet, we never listen to them thinking they are merely blabbering without any research-backed data.
Well now might be the time to apologize for ignoring their sixth sense. New research states that only one year of smartphone radiation is long enough to damage a teenager’s brain.
According to the report published by Environmental Health Perspectives in Switzerland, researchers found a relation between smartphone radiation and short-term memory loss in teenagers.
Over 700 adolescents aged 12 to 17 were exposed to electromagnetic field radiations (RF-EMF) which occur from smartphones during calling.
The study received negative results after the students were given image and verbal test roughly after one year of the baseline test.
“This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations,” said Martin Röösli, Head of Environmental Exposures.
It is important to note here that the negative impact on the brain occurred only while keeping the phone close to the head. Activities such as playing games, sending a text or browsing the internet don’t necessarily affect the brain since the radiations are far off from the head.
Although, Martin Röösli warns out that more research is needed in this area to see how other factors like puberty have played out in the study. She clears out that phone radiations have a potential risk of damaging brains.
“A unique feature of this study is the use of objectively collected mobile phone user data from mobile phone operators.” Martin Röösli mentions in the research
As per the research, you can minimize the effects of RF-EMF radiations by using headphones and loudspeaker much often than keeping the phone close to your head.