Is WiFi dangerous? This student experiment sheds light on the issue

Is WiFi dangerous? This student experiment sheds light on the issue

We spend so much time on the internet. Between our laptops, iPads, work computers and cell phones we’re never without some kind of device that’s connected to the internet and we don’t yet know the cost of that connection. Oh, we know the monetary cost to be sure, but we don’t know the cost to our physical health. However, thanks to five high school students we’re starting to.

Teenagers noticed a problem

Five teenage girls from Sweden started noticing that they were having a harder time paying attention in class. They also noticed that they were having difficulty sleeping. Most teenagers would have noted the problem (though many wouldn’t have noted the paying attention in class problem probably) and not looked into it further. These five teenagers did, however, and came to the conclusion that it was probably their cell phones and more specifically the WiFi that their phones were connected to that were causing the issues.

Biology experiment

The girls decided to take the problems they were having and conduct an experiment in their biology class. They assumed that the reason they were having problems was the WiFi that their devices were all connected to. It was on this basis that they created an experiment to see if WiFi signals are harmful, and if so, how harmful WiFi signals are.

The girls took 400 cress seeds and separated them into 12 different containers. To ensure that they were getting accurate results the girls kept all of the containers in the same room at the same temperature with the same amount of water. The only thing that was different about the containers was that some of them were placed closer to a WiFi router than others. Six of the containers were placed near a WiFi router, which emits the same type of radiation as a regular cell phone (you know, the one that you’re glued to and that you keep on your nightstand while you sleep, which means that it’s close to your head). The other six were placed as far away as possible from the WiFi router. They ran the experiment for 12 days and the results are staggering.


The results of the experiment

After 12 days, the girls drew the conclusions of their experiment. The seeds that were kept the farthest away from the WiFi router were the healthiest. They were green, vibrant, healthy, and growing. The seeds that were closest to the WiFI router were dead, or they had mutated. They didn’t grow whatsoever. You can see the seeds in the picture below. The ones on the left are the dead and/or mutated seeds and the ones on the right are the healthy ones. The girls concluded that their cellphones–or more accurately their WiFi–were the cause of their sleep problems, as well as the cause of their distraction in class.  One of the girls, Lea Nielsen, went on to say that before the experiment, all of the girls had slept with their cell phones beside their bed, but after finishing the experiment all of the girls had either put their phones across the room or in a different room entirely. They were completely shocked by the results of their experiment and also frightened because they didn’t realize how harmful to your health WiFi radiation is.

Universities have taken note

The girls’ experiment has piqued the interest of universities around the world. Researchers in England, Holland, and Sweden have admired the girls’ experiment and their results. Part of the reason for this is because no one has really done much research on how WiFi radiation is affecting the population. We could learn years from now that we all have brain cancer because of it. We don’t know. It’s because we don’t know that a professor from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Olle Johansson, is going to replicate the girls’ experiment with his team. His experiment will be larger and more in-depth than the girls’ one, but he thinks their experiment was brilliant. He even went on to tell Out of the Box, “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, and I could go on. I sincerely hope that they spend their future professional life in researching, because I definitely think they have a natural aptitude for it. Personally, I would love to see these people on my team!”

Consequences of our technology

We’ve integrated technology into our everyday lives. We always have our phones on us, or we’re at a computer for most of the day (or both). Most of us charge our phones on our bedside tables because our phones are also our alarm clocks. But, as the girls’ experiment shows, we don’t know the long-term effects or consequences of our cell phone usage on our health. Is the WiFi radiation affecting our brains or another part of our body? There haven’t been enough studies done to say concretely. What we do know, however, thanks to these five teenage girls, is that there are some health risks.

One of the ways that you can mitigate your health risk of WiFi radiation is to not keep your phone by your bed. Either keep it on the other side of the room or in a different room when you sleep. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, then simply get a stand-alone alarm clock like everyone used to use before cell phones. You won’t have to worry about WiFi radiation poisoning then. If you think that these fears are unjustified then please look at those two photos of the seeds again. Scientific evidence (even when done in a high school classroom) doesn’t lie.

There’s so much that we don’t know about technology and its effects on us, but thanks to five teenage girls and their high school science experiment we’ve started making some headway. It’ll also be interesting to see what Professor Olle Johansson and his team discover when they run the experiment. The search for answers has just begun.

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