Wireless headphones and AirPods may pose cancer risk, scientists say
200 Scientists have signed a petition against wireless headphones and AirPods.
Comfort, convenience and ease are the 3 features we seek in ever-evolving technology. This has led us to make the jump from being tied down by wires to flying free with wireless tech; Bluetooth.
Whether you’re at the gym, going for a run or travelling, wireless headphones make life a breeze, although this breeze may result in the hurricane of cancer.
Although there is still research to be done, over 200 scientists have signed a petition that warns of the dangers and negative health effects this technology could lead to.
At the center of the scrutiny is Bluetooth, the technology responsible for the connection between your wireless headphone device (e.g. AirPods) and your cell phone, the source of music/sound.
Scientists are concerned that the electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave Bluetooth uses to transmit data and is at close proximity to one’s head may be potentially dangerous and cancer causing.
The wireless noose
Their basis for common concerns is:
“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.
Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.
Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life,” the petition reads.
The petition appeals to the World Health Organisation to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines, encouraging precautionary measures, and educating the public about health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development.”
Over 45 million AirPods have been sold since its launch in September 2016, with a second generation expected this year.
While we may prefer the convenience of wireless headphones and AirPods, is it worth the health risk?