Are smartphones the new cigarettes: four reasons why

Are smartphones the new cigarettes: four reasons why
It’s not enough to say that smartphones are all the rage nowadays - they’re ending up in every pocket not just for necessity but also sometimes for fun, and the fun becomes an addiction and the addiction becomes not so fun... you get it. 

Smartphones are almost like cigarettes for four amusing but pretty legitimate reasons. They are:

- super addicting,
- super expensive,
- super annoying,
- possibly not so super for our health.

Well, while the first three are definitely true, most studies around the cancerous effects of phone use haven’t concluded anything about them really causing cancer, so you can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being. Check out the comic below and most importantly - chime in with your opinion in the comments below. 

Are smartphones for us today what cigarettes were before? How do we deal with that?



1. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

The cancer part of smartphone use is not yet proven to full extent, but cancer from smoking is proven over and over again for a long time.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

lol why the the cancer make him look like a mutant from a cartoon?

9. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I think they misread cancer for tumour.

3. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Here's a cure: go back to the good old days and use "dumb" phones with no texting or wi-fi capabilities. And for those that are paranoid about cell phones and cancer: stop using cell phone altogether.

4. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

it could be cancerous because of the phone's radiation, resulting abnormal cells causing tumor which is called cancer.

6. wrxinsane

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

WRONG, electromagnetic radiation is only proven to cause cancer if it is a form of ionizing radiation, (ultra-violet and higher frequencies). The only proven harmful side effects from non-ionizing radiation is that it heats biological tissue (like a microwave heats your food) but it is directly related to power. A typical microwave emits radio waves at about 1000W, while a cellular radio has a max power emission of around 2W.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

science and research can continually advance. Back in the day people didnt find a link between smoking and cancer, now it is one of the leadest causes of it. Who's to say Cell phones may not be amongst it a couple decades from now?

11. wrxinsane

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

That is certainly a possibility, however, highly unlikely considering "back in the day" cancer was not researched and funded like it is today, even taking into account inflation. It makes sense that it took a while to realize smoking caused cancer when few, if any, organizations were researching it. Since the beginning of cell phones, it has been researched as to whether or not non-ionizing radiation is linked to cancer, but still no evidence. Another point-of-view: why waste time on speculation when no evidence exists? If everyone did that we would all be sitting around going crazy thinking "everything on earth could cause cancer, we just won't know until science figures it out in a couple of decades."

5. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Some people will become addicted to almost anything. How about addiction to the NFL, NBA, NHL - you get the idea. Let's get rid of those!

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

well last i heard only calling on the phone can cause cancer because of the heat and radiation that builds up but i only call on emergencys.

8. ilia1986 unregistered

According to this logic: Cars are the new cigarettes as well: 1. They are SUPER addicting - you can't just stop a car while driving whenever you want. 2. They cost a TON. 3. It's annoying when people use them in public - especially when you're a pedestrian who is walking by a never ending honking line of cars stuck in a traffic jam. 4. They actually CAN cause cancer - unlike smartphones.

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