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Are smartphones the new cigarettes: four reasons why

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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?

Are smartphones the new cigarettes: four reasons why

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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 04:34 6

1. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 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.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 04:36 5

2. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 09:51

9. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

I think they misread cancer for tumour.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 05:52 5

3. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 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.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 06:53

4. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:20 3

6. wrxinsane (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:23

10. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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?

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 15:38

11. wrxinsane (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jan 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."

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:05 3

5. ibap (Posts: 780; Member since: 09 Sep 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!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:06

7. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 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.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:44 2

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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