Keeping your phone in your pocket seems like the smart and logical thing to do but you may actually be doing more harm than good to yourself. There are a number of places that are dangerous for you to store your phone.
When cell phones are on, connected to a wireless network, and placed in a pocket, the radiation is two to seven times higher than if it were placed in a purse or holster. There is a link between radiation from a cell phone and tumour growth.
Radiation can change the structure of DNA and affect male fertility too. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer also found that cell phone radiation is additionally carcinogenic to humans. Merely sitting on your phone could cause health issues such as sciatica or other back problems as well.
Close to Your Face
Keeping your phone close to your face may transfer bacteria to and from your phone, creating an environment for bacteria to thrive on your skin and phone dirtier. This combination leads to more acne, skin irritation, and even wrinkles.
Try using ear pods instead to keep the surface of your phone at a distance from your face.
In Your Car’s Glove Compartment
Extreme temperatures are the worst conditions for your phone. Keeping your device in your glove compartment during the extremely hot or cold months of the year could lead to problems.
Excess heat can cause everything from data corruption to loss or battery leakage. The cold weather presents just as many issues for your device. In cold temperatures, many smartphones shut off, have display problems, shortened battery life, and in rare cases screen shattering.
In Your Bra
Some research and case studies show that keeping your phone in your bra could actually cause breast cancer due to the radiations and vibrations from the phone. That said, there is not enough evidence to establish a definite relationship between the two.
Still, keeping your phone in your bra, especially a sports bra, is a bad idea due to the skin-irritating bacteria it could harbour.
In Your Bed
Sleeping in bed with your cell phone is a bad idea for a few reasons. First, keeping your phone under your pillow could build up heat and present a potential fire hazard, especially if your phone is charging or has a defect.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the LED light from phone screens can disrupt melatonin production and circadian rhythms, hurting your sleep quality. And, of course, there’s also radiation to consider as well.
The amounts of radiofrequency radiation cell phones give off are the same ones that comes from microwaves. The American Cancer Society has mentioned that there is a growing concern about the safety of cell phone use with respect to cancer and brain tumours.
Keeping your phone plugged in when the battery is charged full can cause damage to the battery itself. It’s not that your phone “overloads” with power, but heat buildup, from stacking things on top of your phone or keeping it under your pillow, makes your phone hotter and may even damage the phone.