Is it bad to have a cellphone near you (especially your head) when you sleep?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DramaLLama, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. DramaLLama macrumors 6502

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    The popularity of the Sleep Cycle app makes me want to use it but I also just don't really feel like having a phone next to my head (or near my body) all night every night is good lol (with all the radio waves and stuff)

    Is this a valid concern or is this some legit fear only with older tech?
     
  2. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    i sure hope not. my phone is always by my head.
     
  3. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    it's in your pocket all day next to your genitals anyway.
     
  4. Shrink macrumors G3

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    NAH!

    I keep it near my head and haven't noticed any changes...

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    :p
     
  5. DramaLLama thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah but I'd rather my nuts get cancer than my brain.. obviously I don't want either of them but if I had to choose... I'll lose the nuts.

    edit: and lmao self portrait up there ^

    edit: ah man now I feel bad for laughing at that guy... he was probably just getting a nice ole' picture taken.. and here I am laughing at him :(
     
  6. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    I have it beside my pillow when I sleep by my head I don't see any changes but feel more dumb now.
     
  7. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Not sure. But maybe it would be better to have it on airplane mode and on wifi.
     
  8. DramaLLama thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have to have it on for work :(
     
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Oh...
     
  10. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    You keep doing it and report back in ten years.
     
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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  12. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    I hope you get financially compensated for that.
     
  13. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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    I can understand needing to have it near your head or in your pocket throughout the day for work, but when sleeping I wouldn't even risk it. Having your phone just a few feet away almost entirely reduces any impact, if there is any.
     
  14. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Sleeping with a transmitter pressed against your head every night doesn't sound like the best idea. Maybe with a tin foil hat.....
     
  15. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't sleep with my phone I was kidding hope you dont take that serious.
     
  16. DramaLLama thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now I wonder if I'm sterile and won't know until I try and have kids many years from now lol fffuuuu :/
     
  17. cynics macrumors G3

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    You can keep the phone somewhat away from you while using sleep cycle. Maybe for best results close is best but anywhere on the mattress generally works. It's a pretty sensitive app.
     
  18. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

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    I got into the habit of putting my phone on my desk when I sit at work, or even at a meeting, it's also in my car cup holder when driving, and sitting on the coffee table at home.

    It only sits in my pocket when I'm walking, which I do a lot - since I live in NYC area, but still that should limit it
     
  19. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    My phone is in my pocket all day at school. Then I go home and take it out of my pocket it a little but still it's in my pocket a lot.
     
  20. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    Haha of course it's bad - or at least that's my guess. The phone emits a pretty strong band of frequencies very often that is unnatural to the human body. It would be "better" if we didn't use cell phones but in this world, it's probably not going to happen.

    Things I do: I don't sleep in the same room as my phone and I do my best to not have it on my body as much as possible. I listened to a good scientist on Coast to Coast who said you can imagine the ring of radiation around a phone to be about the size of a basketball.

    Cell phones are still relatively young in their existence so we won't know the extent of the damage they can do to the body for another 20+ years. Who knows, they might discover there are no ill effects to subjecting the body to radiation. For now, I'll do the best I can to limit the exposure.

    http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/cell-phone-radiation2.htm
     
  21. Eddie Bombay macrumors 6502

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    iPhone + Pebble + LG Bluetooth Earbuds = Phone always in your pocket
     
  22. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    Same here. Every chance I get it's on a desk, in a cup holder, or in my hand. I figure that should be a good compromise because unless I start carrying around a satchel I'll need to put it in my pocket at some point. This just limits the amount of time I'll need to do that.
     
  23. travis64 macrumors 6502a

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    causes brain tumors

    i turn my phone off at night and leave it in the other room
     
  24. nox5 macrumors 6502

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    iPhones seems to lowers IQ levels more than Samsung phones.
     
  25. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    There is radiation from phones, and radiation from cell towers.

    Your phone doesn't radiate when it doesn't transmit data. When it transmits data while you hold it to your ear, there is no evidence that it would hurt you. When its besides your bed, it's twenty times further away, which means maybe 1/400th of the radiation when it's at your ear.

    Cell towers radiate whether there is a phone in your bedroom or not. So it doesn't matter where you put the phone.
     

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