The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech

“The computer insurgency made better approaches for working, sharing data, and having some good times. Our high-tech gadgets and devices may be wonderfully expansive of our intellects, but they can be hard on our bodies. Youngsters ought to constrain the amount of time they spend chatting on a cellphone. Furthermore, on the off chance that they have a wearable gadget, they ought to take it off during the evening so it doesn’t wind up under their cushion, close to their head. Ladies who are pregnant should be cautious with these advances too.”

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EDITORS’ NOTE APPENDED

In 1946, a new advertising campaign appeared in magazines with a picture of a doctor in a lab coat holding a cigarette and the slogan, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” No, this wasn’t a spoof. Back then, doctors were not aware that smoking could cause cancer, heart disease and lung disease.

In a similar vein, some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.

We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems if held too close to the body for extended periods.

Yet here we are in 2015, with companies like Apple and Samsung encouraging us to buy gadgets that we should attach to our bodies all day long.

While there is no definitive research on the health effects of wearable computers (the Apple Watch isn’t even on store shelves yet), we can hypothesize a bit from existing research on cellphone radiation…

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/style/could-wearable-computers-be-as-harmful-as-cigarettes.html?_r=0