Phone radiation viewed as actual problem

Pop goes the popcorn.

As more and more people see Youtube videos with someone popping popcorn, cooking eggs or cooking steak with the radiation emitted from a circle of phones, all calling each other, it raises a serious question. Why do people have these cancer inducing rectangles by their bodies almost all the time? The average teenager is on his or her cell phone for more than seven and a half hours a day, according to the Washington Post.

In order to understand the effects of something, we need to know how and why it works.

When a phone call is made, the phone uses radio waves to communicate with a cell tower. The cell tower then sends the signal to another tower closer to the receiving phone or straight to the receiving phone. The radio waves are a form of non-ionizing radiation, which can be absorbed by skin near your phone.

Some phones even have warnings that say to keep your phone at least a certain distance away from your body at all times. For instance, for iPhone 4, 4s and 5 Apple recommends for the the minimum distance to not be exposed is 10mm, and 5mm for the 5s and 5c, which doesn’t sound like much but it is still more space than when it is in your pocket.

According to, people with no radiation exposure had an increase in glucose metabolism after a 50 minute phone call in the area around the phone’s antena.  This shows that the brain cells react differently when exposed to the radiation emitted from the phones.

All of the evidence is a compelling argument to be worried about the radiation emitted from death inducing boxes. The Pitchfork staff decided to test out if one could pop popcorn with phones. We placed nine kernels of popcorn in the middle of a circle comprised of seven phones and called each other. Unfortunately, in the 5 minutes that the phones were on, the popcorn did not pop but did warm up and provide the staff with a great laugh.

Whatever you want to call cellphones (phones, death inducing boxes, cancer inducing rectangles, etc.), we can mostly agree that we need to limit exposure to our cellular devices.