We use many different types of electronic devices every day. Cell phones, tablets and laptops are among the top technologies that we are using all the time. While they may seem harmless on the outside, these devices actually emit radiation, even when they’re just lying dormant.
The pace of communication technology development has increased immensely in the past decade, so much so that the landscape of modern communication is unrecognizable to that of even a few years ago. The areas of social media and worldwide online networks are forever expanding to be seamless in all ways but physical proximity.
With the ever-increasing presence of modern mobile devices around the world, the incidence of harmful side effects from these technologies is also on the rise. One of the most prominent concerns is of electromagnetic radiation exposure from laptop computers, tablets and cellphones as well as other portable electronic devices.
When you’re on Facebook or shopping online, is that really all that’s happening? You may think you’re only posting a status update or buying new shoes, but do you know that you are also being exposed to electromagnetic radiation? Computer radiation can sound scary, because it’s not a well-known term.
In recent years, scientific evidence identifying cell phone radiation as a potential pervasive health risk has begun to emerge. It seems almost every week we hear of a new study showing cell phone radiation harms the body, or in some cases, even causing cancer.
While people are exposed to Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) in their homes, employees are regularly in contact with EMFs in the workplace. Their day-to-day schedule includes working with devices or around systems that all emit radiation to some degree.
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In June of 2012, the Dermatology Online Journal printed an report about laptop heat radiation that can reach up to 50° Celsius (122° Fahrenheit). This level of heat can cause permanent patchy dark skin called erythema ab igne. Erythema ab igne, otherwise known as “Toasted Skin Syndrome”, is a hyperpigmentation of skin from a heat source not hot enough to burn, but dangerous enough to harm the body.
Radiation is produced when electrically charged waves move through space, transmitting a signal to a device and setting up an electromagnetic field around a source. The energy or radiation within the magnetic field varies according to the frequency of the waves.