June 29, 2023 2 min read

In the era of wearable technology, smart watches have become a staple accessory. They're not just a status symbol, but also a health and fitness companion, a mini-smartphone on your wrist, and a handy tool for finding misplaced items. However, as with any electronic device, smart watches emit electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation, raising concerns about potential health risks12.

EMF radiation is a type of energy emitted by electronic devices, including smart watches. It comprisesthree types: magnetic field radiation, electric field radiation, and radio frequency radiation. The latter is the most common and potentially the most harmful, as it occurs whenever data is transferred between devices in packets

EMF Radiation from Smart Watches

Smart watches do emit EMF radiation, but it's important to note that the amount is relatively small. However, given the device's close proximity to the body (aka being on your wrist 24/7), even small amounts of radiation could potentially have health implications.

Health Risks

  1. Nausea and Headaches: Some users have reported experiencing symptoms commonly associated with radiation exposure, such as nausea and headaches
  2. Sleep, Memory, and Mood-Related Issues: Insomnia, memory problems, and mood swings have also been reported. These issues are often linked to the blue light emitted by electronic devices, which can make it difficult for the brain to shut down after use.
  3. Body Dysmorphia: The constant influx of notifications and information can lead to overeating and overindulgence, potentially resulting in unnecessary weight gain.
  4. Distractions: Being constantly connected can remove you from the present moment, potentially impacting real human relationships

Protection Tips

To protect yourself from potential EMF radiation risks, consider the followingtips:

  • Limit Usage: While it may be tempting to use your smart watch 24/7, limiting your usage can help reduce your exposure to EMF radiation
  • Disconnect Before Bedtime: To avoid sleep issues, try to disconnect from all technology 2-3 hours before heading to bed.
  • Stay Present: Try to balance your use of technology with being present in your surroundings to maintain healthy relationships.

Astudy by the CDC found that wearable devices, including smart watches, expose users to small amounts of RF radiation compared to international exposure limits. However, they also noted that these devices could be a source of distraction and raise safety concerns unrelated to RF radiation exposure.

Anotherstudy found that exposure to RF-EMF emitted by Wi-Fi routers or mobile phone simulators can significantly change the antibiotic susceptibility and growth rate of Enterococcus faecalis, a common pathogen. This suggests that EMF radiation can have biological effects, although more research is needed to understand its impact on human health.

It's important to use these smart devices responsibly and take steps to minimize your exposure to EMF radiation. Read more about how our interactions with tech daily is leading to the compounding effect and could lead to potential damage down the road here

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