Saturday, September 14, 2013
Researchers identified four characteristics of problematic cell phone behavior
Are you an Android addict? If you spend a big chunk of your life staring at your cell phone -- or worse, thinking about it -- your health may be at risk, finds a new study from the University of Washington.
After analyzing people's habits, researchers identified four characteristics of problematic cell phone behavior:
Anticipation: Frequently thinking about calls or messages you may receive.
Activity interference: Choosing to spend time on your phone rather than talk to friends or family or engage in other activities.
Emotional reaction: Becoming angry when someone interrupts your phone time, or feeling irritated when not on your phone.
Problem Recognition: Recognizing you spend too much time on your phone and trying to cut back.
(Researchers found the more often you checks your cell phone, the more your stress rises. So check out these tips on how to better your work-life balance.)
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The higher you score on a six-point scale measuring each of these traits, the more likely you are to abuse alcohol and experience anxiety (especially in terms of personal relationships), the research shows. And, when it comes to the "anticipation" measure, for every point your score jumps, your likelihood of being in a car accident increases 13 percent.
Thinking about your phone and anticipating incoming texts distracts you from whatever activity you're engaged in -- whether that's having lunch with a friend or driving a car, the study authors say. And while it's not clear if excessive cell phone use causes problem behaviors like alcohol abuse, overuse may heighten psychological and emotional responses that lead to such behaviors, the research suggests.
(You might as well be drunk if you're typing away at the wheel. So why do we still text and drive?)
Just asking yourself -- and trying to honestly answer -- "Why do I spend so much time on my phone?" can help you rein in your bad habit, says study coauthor Stephen O'Connor, Ph.D. You could also try imposing self-restrictions: Set a 30-minute timer and mute or turn off your phone during that half hour. Recognizing the world won't end if you're off your cell will help focus your mind on your life (and not your phone), O'Connor says.
(The rules of how and where to use your smartphone are ever-changing. Here are four everyday tech etiquette problems, and creative solutions for each one.)
Dutch govt maintains mobile radiation normsFriday 6 September 2013 | 10:41 CET | News
The Dutch government has decided not to take any additional measures to tighten health regulations on the use of mobile phones, state secretary Wilma Mansveld told parliament. This follows advice from the Health Commission in June, which found that there was no evidence for an increased risk of brain tumours from mobile phones. However, as there is no research available covering a period longer than 13 years, a long-term effect cannot be ruled out. There are no specific legal limits in the Netherlands on exposure to electromagnetic radiation; the policy is led by the standards set by the ICNIRP. There are no indications that these limits have been exceeded, and consumers are free to set stricter limits for themselves, the state secretary noted. The Health Commission has recommended that the limit on 2.0GHz exposure for children be adjusted in line with international standards. The government will follow the recommendation, but will not go as far as the recent step by Belgium to ban the sale of phones to children under the age of seven.
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Politics of the Wireless Revolution
The latest show is Politics of the Wireless Revolution.
Your Own Health and Fitness, for September 10, 2013 - 1:00pm
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Science Journalist and author of books about the health effects of electromagnetic and radio frequency
non ionizing radiation discusses the implications of the likely Thomas Wheeler nomination
as head of the FCC and impeding loss of our copper land line phone system.
B. Blake Levitt, science Journalist and author of books about the health effects of electromagnetic and radio frequency non ionizing radiation, discusses the implications of the likely Thomas Wheeler nomination as head of the FCC and impeding loss of our copper land line phone system.
Resources: Blake Levitt's website blakelevitt.com; EMR Policy Institute; www.emrpolicy.org; Resources on radiation, resources on heatlh politics, and resources on environmental heatlh
Broadcast Date on KPFA September 10, 2013
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Do we need more research? - Martin Blank, PhD Special Lecturer and Retired Assoc. Professor, Columbia University
Do we need more research? - Martin Blank, PhD Special Lecturer and Retired Assoc. Professor, Columbia University
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The Rise of the Mobile: There Are 6.8 Billion Cell Subscriptions Worldwide
Documentary looks at possible problems with smart grids
Take Back Your Power, a crowd-source film project, debuts Sept. 5 online.
Byron Acohido, USA TODAY
SEATTLE – Josh del Sol got curious in the summer of 2011 after a friend linked a serious illness to the recent installation of a "smart meter."
Del Sol subsequently learned that electrical utilities across North America had been quietly installing "smart grids" that can intelligently monitor Internet-connected meters and appliances in homes and businesses.
Smart grids, which use the Internet to manage the distribution of electricity, have emerged as a target for hackers. The Department of Homeland Security reported last month that the number of cyberattacks against the energy sector rose to 111 incidents during the first half of 2013, compared with 81 incidents for all of 2012.
Now, del Sol is on the verge of premiering a feature-length documentary — his first — titled Take Back Your Power, disclosing questionable industry practices in support of implementing networked control systems for power plants. The film links billing mistakes, invasive monitoring, even human illnesses to the rising use of smart grids in the U.S. and Europe.
The Edison Electric Institute, a trade group representing utilities implementing smart grids, had no comment about the movie. Spokesman Jeffrey Ostermayer pointed CyberTruth to an online FAQ explaining the benefits of such systems.
Del Sol, 36, grew up as the son of a bread baker in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Like any good Canadian kid, hockey and goofing off were pretty much central to my life," he says. Empathy for his sick friend led him to produce a YouTube video of his initial findings. His curiosity soon morphed into a crowd-sourced film financed by 400 supporters from around the world.
Crowd-sourcing also helped del Sol gather up interviews and eye-witness accounts to stitch together a cohesive look at local governments across the nation responding to citizens' complaints and the utility industry striving to keep a positive outlook.
The crowd will participate in distribution. The film will be made available for instant rental on any smartphone, tablet, TV, PC or Mac via hundreds of affiliated websites tied into a hub at www.yekra.com.
The film's trailer made its exclusive online debut on Monday; the online premier of the full feature is scheduled Sept. 5.
"Take Back Your Power delivers an ominous, powerful message about the energy industry's shift to closely watching how customers use energy in their home in an invasive, controversial manner," says Lee Waterworth, president of Yekra, a video-on-demand company.
Del Sol says access to industry sources was tough. "We had a difficult time getting anyone in the industry to talk to us on camera once they found out that we were wanting to get to the bottom of some of these concerns," he says.
The filmmaker was surprised by the contrast between the views of industry officials and those of ordinary citizens trying to get to the bottom of safety, privacy and health concerns. Del Sol hopes the documentary helps to prompt the electricity industry "to provide more transparency, accountability and clarity on the issues we explore in the film."
Jim Turner, chairman of the advocacy group Citizens for Health, agrees. "There is increasing information suggesting that cellphones, smart meters and other sources of electromagnetic fields might pose a health risk to a significant number of individuals," he says. "The public needs the information in this film to know how to respond."
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Posted by Lloyd Burrell on September 14, 2013 under Computer radiation, Protection tips | 3 Comments to Read
Small is beautiful, they say.
The Apple iPad tablet seems to hit the spot in both the small and beautiful departments.
Small it may be, but in terms of functionality and computing power the iPad packs a mighty punch.
No doubt this accounts for the iPads runaway success.
Where I live they’re everywhere.
People walk the streets, take photos, read books, watch videos, play games, surf the web…..all with their iPad.
In some schools, I hear they’re being given to kids as standard issue.
If I didn’t know what I know I’d probably have bought one myself.
The reason I didn’t is there’s a catch.
The catch is iPads give off radiation.
How Much Radiation Do iPads Emit?
‘They can’t give off much radiation, they’re too small, right?’
That’s to say, it’s not about the radiation per se it’s about your exposure.
Does that make sense?
Let me explain.
If I said to you ‘which is more dangerous, a cell tower or a cell phone?’
What would be your answer?
What really matters is your exposure.
If you’re talking 5 or 6 hours a day on your cell phone and live a long way from a cell tower then the answer is your cell phone is more dangerous, because your exposure’s higher.
If you virtually never use your cell phone but you live within a 100 yards of a cell phone tower, then the cell tower is more dangerous.
Why Are iPads So Dangerous?
And this is why iPads are so dangerous. Exposure.
Their design makes them more dangerous than other types of computers, 2 reasons:
- you can only connect to the Internet via wireless – so radio frequency (RF) radiation exposure is guaranteed
- their small size and tactile screens – magnetic field exposure is guaranteed
I’ve made a video where I measure the exposures using EMF meters so you can see what I’m talking about:
Now you can understand why I don’t own an iPad.
There are much safer, low-EMF ways, of using a computer and connecting to the Internet.
But for those of you that do use an iPad you need to use it safely.
How To Reduce Your EMF Exposure
Here’s how to reduce your EMF exposure when using an iPad:
- always use your iPad tablet on airplane mode (settings menu) when not connected to the Internet
- never use your iPad on your lap, or in close proximity to your body
Distance is critical. Its effects are exponential.
Just a small increase in distance between you and your iPad translates to significantly less exposure.
If you’re using an iPad use it intelligently.
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