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  • "Does Wi-Fi Radiation Affect Brain Function?"

  • I've addressed how cell phones may affect brain function,

  • and how both cell phones and Wi-Fi may affect male fertility,

  • but what about the effects of Wi-Fi on brain functioning?

  • The possible existence of cognitive effects

  • of these kinds of radiofrequency energies

  • has been one of the more contentious discussions in the forever-contentious

  • issue of whether exposure has any health consequences whatsoever.

  • Wi-Fi has been called an uncontrolled global experiment

  • on the health of humankind.

  • The effects of radiofrequency fields gained new urgency

  • as the World Health Organization officially declared cell phone radiation

  • to be a possible human carcinogen based on brain tumor risks.

  • But their decision has no direct relevance

  • to the possible health effects of Wi-Fi,

  • since the exposures are so much different.

  • We may absorb 100 times less radiation in a typical exposure

  • to Wi-Fi compared compared to cell phones,

  • but you don't know if there are effects until you put it to the test.

  • Can Wi-Fi Affect Brain Function?

  • To date, more than 100 studies have been published on the effects of these kinds

  • of emissions on human brain wave patterns, as measured by EEG.

  • While the results are mixed, a fairly consistent finding is that

  • even a short duration of exposures to the head can produce

  • small, but statistically significant, changes in the EEG

  • of resting and sleeping subjects.

  • This effect is acknowledged by most health agencies,

  • but the question is, what do you do with that information?

  • For example, a review sponsored by the European governing body concluded

  • that the relevance of such small changes remains unclear

  • and we don't even know how it's happening at all.

  • Some have suggested it's an artifact of the test, and that EEG wires

  • may be acting like antennas that carry the waves straight to the brain,

  • in effect contributing to the changes that it's been set up to measure.

  • Either way, you don't see the kind of neurocognitive effects with Wi-Fi

  • exposure that you do with cell phones. For example, no measurable effects

  • were found on reaction time or sustained attention.

  • Now this was testing 2.4 gigahertz Wi-Fi,

  • but if anything, we would expect even lower levels of exposure

  • from the newer 5 gigahertz Wi-Fi due to the shallower penetration depth.

  • Though more accurately a person who spends hours a day glued

  • to a smartphone or tablet may very well experience all sorts of neurocognitive

  • effects, but from the use of this technology, not from the radiation.

  • It's interesting, there's a large literature out there about

  • the health implications of these new technologies for young people,

  • but it's about the content.

  • For example, never before in history has such sexually explicit material

  • been indiscriminately available to youth, and we need to ask ourselves

  • as a society what effect this may be having?

  • Girls and boys are being exposed to a "colossal" amount of digital media

  • on smartphones, which makes access to pornographic material

  • all too easy, cheap, and anonymous.

  • No longer confined to homes and bedrooms, young people can now

  • watch pornography in school, out in public, just a touch of a button away,

  • and researchers have only begun cataloguing the effects this may have

  • on young people's attitudes and behaviors.

  • Most college students these days report seeing online pornography

  • as a minor, before age 18.

  • Of 1,500 high school boys surveyed,

  • the vast majority admit to accessing web porn,

  • nearly one in three for more than an hour at a time.

  • What is that teaching our next generation of men?

  • Researchers sat through and content coded 400 videos

  • from mainstream Internet porn sites, and more than a third of the videos displayed

  • acts of physical violence against women, such as gagging or choking.

  • Yeah, but does watching such material lead to sexually aggressive behaviors?

  • Fifteen hundred 10 to 15-year-olds were followed for years

  • to see if there was link between intentional exposure to such material

  • and later sexually aggressive behaviors such as sexual assault. They found

  • that exposure to violent porn over time predicted an almost 6-fold increase

  • in the odds of self-reported sexual aggression.

  • The question of course, though, is which came first?

  • A major difficulty with interpreting this kind of research is that

  • teens predisposed to that kind of behavior are of course the ones

  • who may be drawn to that material in the first place,

  • so no cause and effect link can be established.

  • All we can do as parents is closely monitor what our children are doing

  • to the best of our abilities.

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    Yui posted on 2022/07/29
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