Cell Phone Radiation: Why You Should Keep Your Cell Phone Out Of Your Pocket!

One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is check my cell phone, I check e-mails, quickly scan through my Facebook feed and catch up on morning news. During the rest of the day I use my phone to talk to family and friends, take photos, send txt messages and more. Finally, after the boys are in bed I usually sit down to enjoy an audiobook on my phone. My device is with me during the entire day, everyday.

Cell Phone Radiation: Why You Should Keep Your Cell Phone Out Of Your Pocket!

If you are anything like me then you probably carry your cell phone with you most of the day. If you do then I highly recommend you watch the following videos from Devra Davis, an American epidemiologist and scientist when you have some time. I recently came across these and they have really opened my eyes with regards to cell phone radiation and the dangers of being exposed to it by keeping your phone on your pocket or close to your body. The full video and shorter version are both below.

Cell Phone Radiation: Why You Should Keep Your Cell Phone Out Of Your Pocket!

Not using a cell phone at all is not really a practical solution and it would be completely unnecessary, but reducing radiation exposure and protecting our children should be the priority. Below I share some of the ways we can protect ourselves and our families from unwanted cell phone radiation.

  1. Keep your cellphone away from babies and young children. Children’s skulls are thinner than adult’s and their brains are still growing and developing. Radiation from cell phones is likely to cause more damage in children. If you call a family member or friend to have a chat with your little one always use speakerphone or make the call on Skype or FaceTime.
  2. Try to not use your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed. Avoid using your cellphone if you are in a car, bus or train. Moving at high speed automatically increases power to a maximum as the cell phone continuosly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna.
  3. Carry your cell phone in your purse or backpack instead of in your pocket and avoid carrying it on your body at all times. If for some reason you must carry your cell phone on you, make sure that the keypad is positioned toward your body and the back is positioned toward the outside so that the transmitted electromagnetic fields move away from you rather than through your body.
  4. Keep conversations short, use speakerphone, text more and use a headset. Cell phones should really be used for emergencies and short conversations only. Experts also recommend using either a wired headset or a Bluetooth headset when using a cell phone. While you may still be exposed to some radiation using headsets, it is still a lot less than holding the phone directly to your ear.
  5. Turn your phone off when not in use or put it on Airplane mode. Turn off your phone when you go to sleep and put it on “airplane mode” when using other phone features to shut down the cellular radio portion of the phone. I will start doing so when I sit down to listen my audiobooks in the evenings.
  6. Check your device manual to find out their recommendations with regards to exposure. If you own an iPhone go to Settings, General, About, Legal, RF Exposure on your phone. You will find that they warn you against carrying your phone too close to your body.

Where do you carry your cell phone? Do you carry it on your pocket or keep it in your purse/bag?

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Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

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16 responses to “Cell Phone Radiation: Why You Should Keep Your Cell Phone Out Of Your Pocket!”

  1. Stephanie LaPlante — June 18, 2016 @ 2:19 pm (#
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    This was very fascinating. I definitely had no idea.

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  2. shawna smith — June 18, 2016 @ 4:08 pm (#
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    I had no idea.thanks for posting this.

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  3. kathy downey — June 19, 2016 @ 6:10 am (#
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    This is so important and scary we need to protect ourselves and our children…this should not be swept under the rug…..

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  4. Laurie P — June 19, 2016 @ 9:59 am (#
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    I always tell people about this…..

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  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen — June 19, 2016 @ 1:48 pm (#
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    I’ve shared this post on FB, it’s pretty scary information, thanks for posting about this.

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  6. AD — June 19, 2016 @ 10:26 pm (#
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    I’ve heard for a while that cell phones are dangerous, but have never seen anything that has proven it… It’s interesting is all I can say. I do keep my cell phone in my purse most often, but at times my work does not allow or that, so its shoved inside a pocket or my bra.

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  7. paula schuck — June 21, 2016 @ 8:50 am (#
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    I do both. Number 2 is freaking me out because I have a teen who is glued to her darn phone often and she carries it all the time. Also I just got back from a road trip in which 75 % of drive time (I was passenger) was me on my cell phone as we whipped donw a highway towards Muskoka. I did not know that radiation increased on highways like that.

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  8. Crystal McLeod — June 22, 2016 @ 10:34 am (#
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    I hadn’t really thought about this until recently when my friend told me to keep my phone out of my coat pockets on my chest. I hadn’t thought about pant pockets too. Need to make an effort to keep it off my body as much as I can. Thank you for sharing these stats, as scary as they may be

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  9. laurel jones — June 22, 2016 @ 8:51 pm (#
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    interesting but moderation is the key

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  10. kathy downey — June 24, 2016 @ 7:28 am (#
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    Wow,that alot to think about but honestly we are depending on those phones for everything and its just crazy,do whats important and leave the phone behind or put it away ………its your life and you only get one ….only your can take care of you and make wise choices.

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  11. Darlene W — June 30, 2016 @ 7:08 am (#
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    I never carry my phone around with me all day, if I miss a call or text and its important they will call back

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  12. Chandra O'Connor — July 5, 2016 @ 5:06 am (#
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    That’s a scary read! My daughter always has hers in her pocket!

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  13. kathy downey — July 12, 2016 @ 8:14 am (#
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    Sharing this again for family and friends,this is such an IMPORTANT read!!

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  14. Shirley — July 21, 2016 @ 8:51 pm (#
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    All of that information is very important. I always try to keep my cellphone away from my body. So many people don’t think about the radiation risk.

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  15. Elizabeth Matthiesen — December 14, 2016 @ 1:17 pm (#
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    My kids (all adults) just laughed at me when I talked to them about this. 🙁

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  16. Kristi F — January 28, 2017 @ 8:18 pm (#
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    It’s great that you posted this info. I just keep my phone in my purse, I don’t want it that close to me. And I’ve recently started putting it in airplane mode while I’m sleeping.

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