The iPhone’s newest feature- cancer

Molly Weston

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Despite being the world’s leading computer and electronic company, Apple’s phones are raising questions on health risks

There it is. That feeling in the pit of your stomach. Your phone isn’t in your back pocket, the one you always leave it in.

You frantically grab your other pocket and pull out a handful of gum wrappers and receipts. The fear builds. Where is it? How could you have lost it? How are you going to check what’s trending on twitter or if someone posted an ugly picture of you on instagram? You feel empty without it.

In desperation, you reach in your coat pocket, not knowing what to do with your newly freed hands. As you slide your hand in, you feel it. The phone! It’s there.

You take it out, the fear now gone, and check up on what you’ve missed in the last five minutes.

It’s no secret that the millennial generation is hooked on their phones.

According to Lulu Chang, author for DigitalTrends.com, Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours looking at their phone a day, a third of their waking hours. Her research found that Americans check their devices 17 times a day, two times per waking hour, if not more.

With the recent release of the iPhone 6s, many scientists and electronic policy makers are questioning the safety of the high levels of microwave radiation emittance from iPhones.

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) requires all electronic devices to be tested on their Specific Absorbance Rate (SAR) which is measured in watts/kilogram. The SAR is used to determine how much microwave radiation is absorbed by the user’s head or body, according to Dr. Joel M. Moskowitz.

According to the FCC’s standards, phones cannot be sold to the public if they have an SAR of 1.6 or higher. Apples’ iPhone 6 was found to have an SAR of 1.58, and the 6plus was calculated to have an SAR level of 1.59 

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Doctors are working to implement new regulations on iPhones

Both of the iPhone 6’s SAR levels are extremely close to the legal limit, causing users to become cautious about the health effects of being on your phone.

Scientists and researchers such as Dr. Moskowitz suggest that phone users keep their phones a far distance away from their bodies when they are in use. It is also suggested to not keep phones in pockets, or places where it could come in contact with you skin.

As you feel the urge to stare at you screen for those 4.6 hours, or feel the shock of the absence of you phone, just think about the health benefits you’re gaining just by not being in contact with your phone.

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