While smart phones are taking an increasingly essential place in our lives, there are many misconceptions about how to use them and how they affect us. In today’s post, we are going to discuss some myths related to smartphones.
They produce cancer
The World Health Organization (WHO) generated a small wave of panic in 2011 when it classified the radiation emitted by the phones as “possibly carcinogenic.” But scientists have never been able to establish a direct link between cell phones and cancer, something that WHO even admitted.
Researchers have yet to overturn the belief that phones increase the risk of suffering from two types of brain cancer, one malignant and one benign because a definitive causal link was never found. The US National Cancer Institute, meanwhile, has not found significant increases in malignant brain tumors in the last decade, in which the use of cell phones was massively extended.
Not accessible for the lower classes
The perception that smartphones are beyond the reach of the poorest has triggered different political debates. In the United States, for example, the government proposes sub-grants for telephone services, a system that has been harshly criticized by its political opponents.
But the fall in prices of this type of cell phone has made them closer to the lower classes, thanks in part to companies like Motorola, Huawei or Xiaomi.
Even in crisis situations, telephones have become a reliable way to get information, ask for help and find a place to live. Time magazine called smartphones a “vital line” for refugees. He consulted a Syrian man who was more important, food or energy? He answered without hesitation: “Charge my phone.”
They make us dumb and antisocial
It seems reasonable, especially considering the fixed, blank stares of most people using their phones. Not to mention all the fatal accidents produced by selfis. Microsoft researchers stole headlines when they found that the average human’s attention span had dropped from 12 seconds to eight between 2000 and 2015 and that digital implements had contributed to that decline.
But there is nothing inherent in smartphones that make us dumber. As for real intelligence, some studies indicate that they actually make us smarter, especially in older people. Excessive use of phones and the internet is increasingly seen as an addiction. But that does not make its users antisocial. In fact, they allow us to talk more often with friends and relatives, as well as organize events and meet new people.
They are killing the shops
There are those who claim that online sales will eventually replace physical stores. There is no denying that the phones have changed the way of buying and that they provide an alternative to the traditional store, but 90% of the purchases are still made in physical premises. In addition, more and more stores that allow online purchases and withdraw their product at an established location.
They make us more productive
One of the biggest selling points for phone manufacturers is productivity. But typing on the smartphone all day does not mean that they are going to fulfill the tasks or deadlines. Research says otherwise. A survey conducted by the universities of Wurzburg and Nottingham-Trent with 95 participants found that the farther the users had their phones, the more production levels increased.
Article by Shreya Kapoor from HateRateIndia.
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