RADIATION from smartphones could be leaving teenagers with short-term memory loss, a top scientist has warned.
Just one year’s worth of exposure can be enough to damage the part of the brain that interprets images and shapes – and right-handed teens are worse affected.
Getty – Contributor Mobile phones could be behind teenage memory loss, experts have warned
Swiss radiation expert Martin Röösli studied the phone habits of 700 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, before making them do memory tests.
The study found a link between poor memory performance and exposure to RG-EMF radiation.
It also claims sending text messages, playing mobile games, and even browsing the internet can have an impact, and that right-handed teens are more vulnerable to the radiation’s effects.
He wrote: “This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations.
Getty – Contributor Even texting has an impact
“Potential risks to the brain can be minimised by using headphones or the loud speaker while calling, in particular when network quality is low and the mobile phone is functioning at maximum power.’
“It is not yet clear how RF-EMF could potentially affect brain processes or how relevant our findings are in the long-term.”
“For instance, the study results could have been affected by puberty, which affects both mobile phone use and the participant’s cognitive and behavioural state.’
Participants were told to complete a questionnaire assessing their mobile phone and media use, as well as their psychological and physical health.