Further Incentive for Less

Baby Phone

For the two or three of you that keep up with this pitiful blog semi-regularly, you know I’m the kind of guy who gets excited by little gadgets. iPods, iPhones, DSLR Cameras, Lenses, and other tech-driven nonsense has been on my mind during the past few years. Before that it was DVDs (“Look how CLEAR it is when you pause it, Dad!”), CDs, SEGA Genesis, and Packard Bells (yetch). Before that it was Walkmans, cassettes (“They hold so much music!”), VHS tapes, and Commodore 64s (my school had a few).

You get the point. I’ve always been fascinated by technology. I don’t care about the inner workings. I don’t want to rip open a computer and study the intricacies of the motherboard; I just want it to work so I can do cool stuff on it. Technology has come such a long way in just the past century. The automobile hasn’t been around but for about 100 years; today we’re testing cars in the desert, breaking the sound barrier.

What we’ve accomplished is scary. So the question has to be asked: is all of this technology good for us?

According to a recent joint-effort study from Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden, along with Wayne State University in Michigan, cell phone usage is causing significant problems in the lives of millions of people.

Radiation from mobile phones delays and reduces sleep, and causes headaches and confusion, according to a new study.

The research, sponsored by the mobile phone companies themselves, shows that using the handsets before bed causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them, interfering with the body’s ability to repair damage suffered during the day.

The findings are especially alarming for children and teenagers, most of whom – surveys suggest – use their phones late at night and who especially need sleep. Their failure to get enough can lead to mood and personality changes, ADHD-like symptoms, depression, lack of concentration and poor academic performance.

(The study) has caused serious concern among top sleep experts, one of whom said that there was now “more than sufficient evidence” to show that the radiation “affects deep sleep”.

So now the radiation emitted from your cell phone is not only making you more likely to develop brain cancer, but it’s also destroying your ability to get a healthy amount of deep sleep.

The people who had received the radiation took longer to enter the first of the deeper stages of sleep, and spent less time in the deepest one. The scientists concluded: “The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected.”

And you know what puts the cherry on top of the whole study?

The embarrassed Mobile Manufacturers Forum played down the results, insisting – at apparent variance with this published conclusion – that its “results were inconclusive” and that “the researchers did not claim that exposure caused sleep disturbance”.

They didn’t…claim…that exposure caused…sleep disturbance?

Well, actually they did.

Too bad AT&T isn’t a part of this Mobile Manufacturers Forum; it would be another great reason to hate that wretched company.

My late New Year’s resolution is this: to be less fascinated and consumed with technological advances, and more consumed with the natural world God created. Less time perusing Apple Insider and Mac Central…more time soaking in the colors of a sunset. Less time searching for the coolest podcast available…more time playing with my dog and helping my wife around the house. Less time gawking over HD technology; more time taking pictures of God’s creation (yes, I know it’s a digital camera, but the focus is capturing natural beauty).

I’ve become increasingly more convinced that the expansion of humanity’s knowledge is inversely related to our desire to nurture our spiritual lives. Why seek a relationship with God when we’ve elevated ourselves to the level of gods?

Do you remember the uproar that accompanied the human cloning debate? “We can’t play God!”

I think it would be worth arguing that the realization that we are capable of creating an exact duplicate of a human being by the use of their DNA was in itself enough to convince thousands, if not millions, of people that mankind is capable of being god-like on some level. Whether or not we do clone someone is irrelevant; the very fact that we can is enough to radically elevate our collective ego.

Not only has technology become bad for us physically, but also spiritually. This is a trend that is almost certain to continue.

If you would, ignore the fact that this blog is a part of this whole technology craze.

*cough*

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