In this day and age, everyone is connected. Cellphones and computers make it so much easier to stay in contact with people around the world. But, could it be possible that they are affecting our health? If that is true, what are they exactly doing to our bodies?
Five high school students decided to tackle this issue after noticing they struggled to pay attention in school by creating an experiment for their biology class that’s being admired by researchers in England, Holland, and Sweden.The girls decided to focus on handheld devices as the potential culprit.
“We all think we have experienced difficulty concentrating in school, if we had slept with the phone next to our head, and sometimes also experienced having difficulty sleeping,” explains student Lea Nielsen, one of the girls who contributed to the experiment.
The girls decided to conduct an experiment to see if Wi-Fi could be the cause of their troubles.
They took 400 cress seeds and split them into 12 separate containers. Moreover, they kept the containers in the same room. Also, they watered the seeds with the same amount of water and kept them under the same temperature.
Next, they placed 6 routers next to the Wi-Fi router, so that they would emit the same type of radiation as a normal cellphone. They waited 12 Days for the results.
After 12 days, the results were staggering.
The cress seeds that were kept as far away as possible from the Wi-Fi router grew healthily and became green.
The seeds next to the router? That’s a different story.
These seeds were mostly dead or mutated. They did not grow at all.
“It is truly frightening that there is so much affect, so we were very shocked by the result”, says Lea.
Their experiment concludes that Wi-Fi radiation can expose your body to elements that will greatly affect your health.
Lea Nielsen admits that the girls were so alarmed by the results that it’s affected their personal lives. “None of us sleep with the mobile next to the bed anymore. Either the phone is put far away, or it is put in another room. And the computer is always off,” says Nielsen.
Karolinska Institute Professor Olle Johansson of Stockholm says he and his team are going to repeat the experiment with his colleagues to study the conclusions even further, calling the girls’ experiment brilliant: “The girls stayed within the scope of their knowledge, skilfully implemented and developed a very elegant experiment. The wealth of detail and accuracy is exemplary, choosing cress was very intelligent,” says Johansson.
This experiment seems innovative. The girls used cheap and easily accessible things to conduct their experiment. Also, they might be close to figuring something out, or maybe not. After all, it is a known fact that plants grow best in nature, where the air is clean, fresh.
In addition, many factors may contribute to the growth of the plant. However, that doesn’t mean that the Wi-Fi router can make us wither and fade. Plus, it is obvious that people can’t fall asleep with their phones next to their head.