Wearing Apple Watch unhealthy?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Chiromac81, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Chiromac81 macrumors regular

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    I believe there is no dispute that sleeping beside your cell phone is not great for the constant cellular signal being so close to you. Same as having your phone attatched in pocket or by head all day long.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but between the cellular or even just blue tooth or wifi on the non-cellular version isn’t there some heath concerns since it is touching you and therefore very close to body for 8-16 or longer hours per day.

    I have been an owners of the Apple Watch version 2 and 4 and love it-but I fear that in the future we may find out these devices emit signals so close and so long during day that theee may be implications which haven’t fully been explored since there hasn’t had time for long term studies yet.

    Any thoughts?

    Should we curtail our use of smart watches that are attatched to our person connected to wifi or Bluetooth or even cellular??

    Should I be putting the watch on airplane nose some or most of the day?

    Any other concerns about years of wearing these all day??
     
  2. StumpyBloke macrumors 6502a

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    My genuine thoughts are we’ve got better things to worry about.

    I’m sick to death of hearing this is bad for you, this is bad for you, that’s bad for you. It’s boring.

    I can’t imagine any smart watch contributing much to any negative atmospheric stuff. For me, if I had to start worrying about when I should or shouldn’t be wearing these things, or using these things, I would just get rid of them all together. There would just be no point.

    None of that is a dig at you by the way, but you did ask for opinions.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    There’s no conclusive evidence that the Apple Watch could cause any type of specific harm wearing it or even being near it, let alone a smart phone. If somebody wants to pedantically worry about something like this extreme, then by all means, I respect that, but I also think it’s completely unnecessary as well. Even though it’s an interesting topic, it’s not one that is likely enough of a concern either.
     
  4. digitalexplr macrumors 6502a

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    Reminds me of the "FaceID laser is going make us go blind" threads.
     
  5. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I'm more healthier thanks to my Apple Watch encouraging me to get out and exercise and move far more than I did before I had it. So I'm willing to take the radiation risk since the Sun probably puts more nanosieverts into me on a daily basis than my Watch. :cool:
     
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    I’m just gonna stop you right there, as there’s no credible evidence whatsoever that either of those things are harmful.

    Let’s get past that misconception before we start getting paranoid about something even smaller and less powerful.
     
  7. Julien macrumors G4

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    ...and I believe there is no dispute that the earth is flat.
     
  8. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    No.
     
  9. digiridoo, Apr 30, 2019
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    I had an Apple Watch 2 (non cellular) with the Milanese Loop for a bit more than a year. I didn‘t wear it all the time and gradually sold it because my wrist and hand felt claustrophobic when wearing it. It felt like my hand was stuck in a thick heavy glove. No, the band wasn’t too tight. After taking the watch off the feeling went away. Despite being an apple fanboy, I don't miss it.. In todays world of info overload the last thing I need is a watch that dictates my daily life with constant reminders and additional messages. A little self awareness will do the health trick too. Soon the watch will probably tell you when you should have your downtime beer.

    I guess it all depends on each individual. Some respond more some less. I for example also get lower back pain when I carry my iPhone in the back pocket of my jeans. When switching side the pain follows.

    There is so much electrical radiation around us that I doubt anyone will be able to tell whether it was the little watch that killed you :)
     
  10. SDColorado Contributor

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    Likely more exposure from sitting in front of your computer and typing the post than from wearing your watch all night :)

    Either way, I think we are exposed to many things day in and day out of far bigger concern than our Apple watches.
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    Well...
    Lack of long term study is a thing. But I never pay attention to worry about these electronic devices emitting “harmful” radio wave here. Also, even if we turn off those electronic devices (assuming we CAN turn off), others will still turn them on, creating radiations that can potentially penetrate the wall and reach yourself, albeit a bit weaker.
    I just accidentally tapped a “like” and realise I am not a flat earther.
     
  12. SDColorado Contributor

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    I am not a flat earther and liked it as well, but I am pretty sure Julien intended with the /s flag. If not... :)
     
  13. Julien macrumors G4

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    I'm also considering believing that gravity doesn't exists and then I can start flying.o_O
     
  14. russell_314 macrumors regular

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    Being worried about the Apple Watch is silly unless you are treating your body like a temple. If you eat fast food, non organically grown vegetables sprayed with insecticides, drink alcoholic beverages, live in a big city with smog and thousands of radio transmitters, drive a car with less than a five star crash rating, etc then it's not the Apple Watch that will kill you. It might actually save your life when your crap four star crash rated car is upside-down in a ditch and you need help.

    If you want to be scared look up the top causes of death for people and the numbers. LOL
     
  15. parseckadet macrumors 65816

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    This argument has about as much real science behind it as the whole anti-vaxing thing. My father worked in power plants. He spent his entire career literally within feet of multiple massive electric generators, each of which produces many many times more EM radiation than any cell or WiFi radio. As did all of his colleagues. Neither he, nor any of his coworkers that he kept in touch with has had issues with cancer or anything else related to their job.
     
  16. StumpyBloke macrumors 6502a

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    It’s like the OP has lit the touch paper and done a runner!
     
  17. BigMcGuire, May 1, 2019
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    There is dispute... with anyone who has intelligence. Ignorant paranoia may have no dispute.

    I sit 6 ft away from my WiFi router at home - and have since 2003. I'm getting a lot more "radiation" from that than I am my Apple Watch. You do realize, too, that the Apple Watch isn't constantly streaming data all the time? Ever use your watch for anything? Battery drains pretty quickly when it does anything especially streaming.

    You get more radiation by walking outside in one hour... than you'll get from your watch (non-ionizing) for a loooong long time.

    Just living in a city bathes you in cellular, radio, and other signals from cellphone/radio towers non-stop. People are all worried about a little watch on their wrist when some live right next to a cellphone tower which emits many more times that ... all the time ... non-stop. And ... I work a block and a half from a cellphone tower (and have since 2005) so I'm not saying that's dangerous, just comparing the "impact" output.

    In addition - your phone isn't CONSTANTLY outputting cellular signals, especially if connected to a solid wifi network.
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    The Apple Watch has done wonders for the health of my wife and I. Agreed.
     
  18. someoneoutthere macrumors regular

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    Right... Let's just assume that you're living in a residential neighborhood. Here are some more things for you to worry about: Your neighbor remote-starting their vehicle(s) - transmitting all those bad signals towards your way... Or the neighbor living across from you heating up their food using a microwave... Oh my goodness. Better yet - routers... THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!!! Did I mention all the TV and radio signals penetrating through your body?! Better yet, do you have any smart gadgets at home? Smart lights? Smart cameras? Smart thermostat? A sound bar setup with a wireless subwoofer? What about a wireless printer? Do you go shopping at all? Great - think twice before you walk through those detectors next time. Ever wondered how traffic lights work at the busier intersections? How do they know that you are there? Not to mention all the electronic devices you have at your workplace. Can you see the bigger picture? Are you feeling the pain yet??

    Why don't you relax, take a deep breath, and make the most out of the gadgets in your life rather than worrying about the smallest things?

    Regards,
     
  19. Akrapovic macrumors 6502

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    I believe there is plenty of dispute about that. In fact I believe there is no evidence that this has any negative effect. Beyond “OMG radiation” worries from people who don’t understand radiation.
     
  20. SDColorado Contributor

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    Don't forget soil and construction materials used to build your home and those danged light bulbs :)
     
  21. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    There’s lot more serious things to worry about. Flying in a commercial jet cross country gives you a healthy dose of radiation. Some granite countertops produce substantial radiation. The soil in some parts of the country release radon into your home. Some bottled water contains traces of uranium. Plastic of all sorts can leach nasty chemicals into food. Driving a car is far more dangerous than low level ER.
     
  22. mrex, May 1, 2019
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    I just got a flashback about a lecture when a person asked everyone (hundreds) to shut down their phones because the person had an allergy to the electricity. I didnt turn my phone off (like probably 99% of others from the lecture), and the person was fine during that lecture - on the middle of the capital inside a building having lot of tech in and out.
     
  23. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    Health Care evolves with the new harmful technologies.
    We will be taken care of.
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    Driving an electric car wearing an Apple watch is a double whammy
     
  24. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Research is out there that prove without any doubt that keeping a cell phone (transceiver) immediate to the body can cause micro cellular damage. Front shirt pocket and pant pockets by the groin are considered the worst place to carry phones. As for watches, they are indeed close to the body and too may cause damage at a cellular level.
     
  25. user1234 macrumors 6502a

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    The solution is easy. Put in in airplane mode while sleeping.
    Mine actually spends most of it’s time in airplane mode. I usually only need it for time and health tracking and it does all of this in airplane mode, while also saving some battery.

    Sure, there’s no evidence that the electromagnetic radiation is harmful, but there’s no sure evidence that it’s not either. I prefer to go the safe route, and if I don’t need any connected features I leave mine in airplane mode. I don’t think twice about taking it out of airplane mode when it’s beneficial though. The bluetooth radio is so weak in power that I’m not too worried about it.
     

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