January 26, 2021 1 min read
Wi-Fi technology has been around for over 20 years, but only relatively recently has it become so widespread. Over 3 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices are manufactured every year and Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in homes, offices, airports, restaurants, banks, and more. This is very convenient for us as we depend more and more on our personal electronics in everyday life, however the constant proximity to Wi-Fi networks has consequences on our health that most people tend to overlook.
The Wi-Fi signal operates using 2.4-5 GHz electromagnetic waves, producing radiation considered potentially harmful to humans. Electromagnetic radiation at this frequency can pose serious health risks to those who are exposed, especially over the course of years of everyday exposure. Electromagnetic radiation can cause cancer, negatively effect brain development in children, male and female reproductive organs, as well as increase stress and headaches.
Wi-Fi routers are comparable to cell phone towers in their effects, for example a Wi-Fi router at distance of 5m emits the equivalent amount of radiation as a cell phone tower at 150m. Some studies have found that those living within a few hundred metres of a cell phone tower have had an increased risk of developing cancer.
Some governing bodies have begun taking precautionary measures against the presence of Wi-Fi technology in our daily lives. Wi-Fi use in schools is limited or restricted in countries like France, Russia, and Israel. However most other countries continue to rely on outdated studies, which do not adequately highlight the dangers of Wi-Fi radiation.
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