Fascinating Wi-Fi Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Today’s society seems glued to the screen. Where would we be without the Internet and Wi-Fi connections? We’d certainly have no television shows to binge watch. Unfortunately, it may be a world we’ll be forced to picture, as questions about the health risks of Wi-Fi and cellphone usage have begun to arise over the past few years. Here are 10 shocking Wi-Fi facts about its health dangers:

Fascinating Wi Fi Facts

1 EMF exposure has also been linked to lower brain function after scientists used MRI scans to spot several areas of decreased brain activity after 30 minutes of EMF exposure.

2 Laptops connected to Wi-Fi have been proven to affect sperm motility as well as increase the DNA fragmentation inside individual sperm.

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3 A group of ninth grade students from Denmark proved that plants don’t grow near Wi-Fi routers. This was after they all realized they had trouble concentrating after sleeping with their phones next to their heads all night.

4 Incidences of brain cancer were shown to have been increased three-fold in those who had more than 900 hours of cellphone usage.

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5 No definitive answer has been found, despite the fact that the World Health Organization claims “25,000 articles have been published over the past 30 years” that examine the issue of non-ionizing radiation.

6 Because the concern revolves around the effects over long periods of exposure, the quest to learn the health dangers of Wi-Fi is considered one of the largest human experiments ever.

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7 Children absorb more microwave radiation and thus are more at risk for getting cancer than adults because their tissues are more absorbent and bodies are relatively smaller.

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8 Wi-Fi and microwaves have the same frequency of 2.4 GHz, which is the best frequency for vibrating molecules. While Wi-Fi is not as intense, it is suspected the same effect occurs just over a long period of time.

9 The former Coordinator of the Radiation and Environment Health Unit recommended much lower exposure standards to EMF than what were eventually put into place.

10 Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) are emitted by cellphones and Wi-Fi devices, and are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC) as Group 2B carcinogens.

11 Science has a hard time proving a negative. This means it’s extremely hard for scientists to prove that Wi-Fi is not harmful, though just because something might pose health risks doesn’t necessarily mean it does. All this combines for a frustrating question that divides the scientific community because it is so difficult to quantify and analyze with clear-cut results.

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