Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that it’s adding cell phones to its list of carcinogens. In other words, the radiation from your phone might be giving you cancer. And in general, the smarter your phone is, the more radiation it gives off.
Here’s a list from CNN of five ways to make cell phone use safer.
#1.) Start Using a Wired Headset. A headset that plugs into your phone only emits radiation from the wire, and it’s not very much. A wireless device like a Bluetooth gives off less radiation than your phone does, but it’s still quite a lot.
#2.) Use Your Speakerphone More Often. Obviously, don’t use it when you’re sitting in Starbucks. But keeping your phone a few inches away can make a big difference. For example, when you hold your phone two inches from your head, you’re exposed to four times less radiation.
#3.) Switch Sides. If you always hold your phone in your right hand, then the right side of your head gets all the radiation. And the same goes for a Bluetooth. A lot of people only use it on one ear. But it’s better if you alternate.
#4.) Don’t Talk on Your Phone While You’re Driving. First of all, it’s not safe because it’s distracting, even if you’re talking hands-free. But your phone also emits more radiation when it’s in motion, because it has to constantly connect to new cell phone towers. And it gives off more radiation when you have a weak signal too, because it has to work harder.
#5.) Send More Text Messages. The less time you spend with your phone next to your face, the better.