Mobile phones are a necessity in today’s fast paced and ever growing world. Within a short span of time, since their advent in the late 2000’s, they have now become an integral part in our daily lives and it is unimaginable to be able to function without one. With each passing year the technology is updated and sales are increased world over. However, have we ever wondered what the disadvantages of these small gadgets that we consider indispensable are? Apart from the fact that physical human contact is decreasing day by day resulting in generations that prefer to talk over a “screen” rather than the old fashioned way: verbal communication, there are actual physical harmful effects also.
It is a well-established fact that mobile phones emit radiation and The World Health Organization (“WHO”) classifies cell phone radiation as a “possible human carcinogen” due to an increased risk of brain cancer from long-term and heavy use of cell phones. A recent mobile phone study by researchers from Netherlands found that when a dialing mobile phone is placed on the ear, its radiation, although not consciously sensed, is electrically detected by the brain. In the study, 31 healthy females were exposed to a 3G mobile phone for 15 minutes. Changed brain activity (i.e. cortical reactivity increase) was detected immediately after radiation peaks, which are produced during the phone’s normal dialing process. It is pertinent to note here that such harmful radiation is not only a result of mobile phones but various other electrical devices, towers and grid stations.
This comparison of radiation absorption in different age groups shows that mobile radiation penetration increases when the ages of the subjects decrease. Image courtesy of Dr. Om Gandhi, University of Utah, 1996, IEEE Pulication
The question now arises that what can be done about this worldwide global health phenomenon. It is as much a Government responsibility to ensure health and safety for its citizens as it is an individual one. On a personal level one can decrease the usage to the bare minimum but for there to an effective control on such radiation reaching humans there must be laws pertaining to the control of such radiation emitting devices and bodies.
People shouldn't sleep with their phone next to them
The right to life is a fundamental right provided by Article 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 (the “Constitution”). It states that: “No person shall be deprived of life or liberty save in accordance with the law”. The Pakistani Courts took this further to include the right to a healthy environment in the right to life and have delivered monumental judgments against various devices and bodies that emit such harmful rays.
These radioactive rays emitting from electrical devices, antenna towers and grid-stations have been proven to be harmful to the human body resulting in cancer, memory loss, headaches, cardiovascular disease, decreased fertility rate and birth defects. Doctors across the globe are reporting that their younger patients who do not have fully developed immune systems are coming in with complex physical diseases resulting from excessive exposure to radioactive rays. It has further been established that unborn fetuses are also being affected resulting in a high rate of irreversible and irreparable birth defects. This leads one to believe that the entire existing generation and the one coming after are at a risk of developing diseases previously unheard of. Apart from the individual’s personal contribution, it is the most imperative need of the hour that the Government steps in to take measures and develop laws that protect their citizens from the development of unsafe technology and electrical expansion.