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Mobile phone advantages disadvantages environmental impact

Mobile phone advantages disadvantages environmental impact

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The smartphone designed to be neither repairable nor compatible nor upgradable presents a risk to the health of the user linked to exposure to radio frequencies and dependence.

  • Advantages of cell phone
  • Disadvantages of mobile phone
  • Sites on the dangers of telephones
  • How to protect yourself from the waves?


It is omnipresent, so essential that strangers encountered in the street have their eyes riveted on the screen at the risk of no longer apprehending the real world around them.

Advantages of cell phone

The mobile phone allows you to communicate, to send SMS but also to check your emails. A multitude of usage options are available, but a smartphone requires precautions for its use.

At the communication level

  • The mobile facilitates communication even in isolated places (where there is no traditional telephone infrastructure).
  • The most useful use of mobile phones is to call for help in an emergency. However, this case is very rare.
  • The telephone allows anyone, wherever they are, to reach their acquaintances and stay in constant contact with the whole world.
  • In theory only, because the number of contacts and their location are very limited for an individual.
  • The interest of social network systems is to make people believe that there are many “friends” and that “followers” are… indispensable
  • At ease of use
  • Intuitive software developed and became very easy to use: simple posters, dedicated features.
  • The use has become increasingly easy (for example the “qwerty” keyboard is present in many mobile touch screens).
  • Mobile phone access prices are very affordable and remain accessible to the middle class and poor in virtually all countries.
  • In developed countries, mobile phones are generally not expensive…unless you want a luxury model.

7 billion smartphone subscriptions

This is the number of mobile phones sold since 2007 worldwide. This figure is practically equal to the number of inhabitants.


Disadvantages of mobile phone

Smartphones are designed not to be repairable, compatible or upgradeable over time. They have many disadvantages. Microwaves and very low frequencies used by mobile telephony, WiFi, Bluetooth and DECT phones, present toxicity due to the production of stress proteins as well as a phenomenon of resonance with cerebral frequencies. Holders of metal dental implants, for example, are particularly affected by this phenomenon.

On a planetary scale

  • 7 billion phones have been manufactured worldwide since 2007!
  • Each year, 25 million smartphones are built to be sold in France.
  • 100 million phones sit unused and are stored due to fear of private data being retrieved. Only 15% of phones are recycled.
  • On a planetary scale, these 4 billion laptops constitute a serious environmental problem.
  • Metals copper, tin, tungsten, some of which are rare and precious such as silver, gold, tantalum, palladium or tantalum serve as components.
  • These minerals are extracted by controlled populations, sometimes by armed groups (Example: the extraction of tantalum in the Democratic Republic of Congo). The lure of gain attracts covetousness and fuels conflict.
  • Cell phone batteries contain pollutants (heavy and precious metals) that are particularly dangerous for nature and human health.
  • It is therefore mandatory to create specific recycling systems to collect used batteries.
  • In developing countries, such recycling is deficient or completely absent.
  • People have no information or knowledge about the dangers associated with telephones.
  • Phones or batteries are released into nature, posing a serious environmental problem.
  • Cell phones consume a lot of energy: on average one hour of conversation is equivalent to the energy used by a washing machine at 40 degrees C.
  • The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by the production of 4 billion mobile phones are estimated at 40 million tonnes, or the equivalent of 20 million cars

At the level of planned obsolescence

  • Glued, welded or sealed batteries prevent their replacement.
  • The labeled screws prevent the dismantling of the devices.
  • The absence of spare parts makes repair impossible.
  • The use of exclusive and proprietary operating systems makes their operation hermetic,
  • Software updates deliberately cause slowdowns that encourage users to change models

At the price level of the models

  • High-end models are very expensive, almost as expensive as a computer.
  • The price being high, the consumer has the feeling of standing out thanks to the “high-tech”.
  • The mechanism of consumption here is well known: the desire to distance oneself from a group that seems inferior and to imitate a group that seems superior.

Of course, access to different uses will make the price difference.

At the addictive level

  • Ever more complex mobile phones are equipped with numerous functionalities (cameras, video camera, mp3 and multimedia players, access to messaging and the Internet).
  • Laptop manufacturers are creating the need to have a microcomputer on hand at all times, providing immense information (sleep detector, cardiovascular rate, etc.).
  • Many applications are often given free of charge (GPS, anti-radar, etc.).
  • For some applications the interest is sometimes debatable, but they intrude into our privacy in an increasingly intrusive way.
  • What about the geolocation which allows the approach of a store or a center of interest to mean the possibility of leaving a few euros there?
  • The fact that “friends” can reach you anywhere and anytime becomes worrying with the loss of privacy


At the societal level

  • A company or an employer can call its employees at any time and even geolocate them.
  • Texting or the problem of bullying or sending offensive material or media via SMS sent to the phone is increasingly affecting the very young.
  • Despite the lack of publicity around this issue, one in five young people have experienced or will experience threats or hateful messages through a mobile phone.
  • Mobile phones and other smartphones have become space-saving luxury items that attract the covetousness of thieves.
  • For those on low incomes, it is difficult to ‘go with the flow’, as cell phones have become something of a fad.

At the health level

  • On the health side, there is currently no undisputed scientific study, but the risk of damage linked to waves on the brain and sensitive parts of the body is very real.
  • All telephony players agree that there is no significant effect of cell towers and telephones on the human body.
  • However, individuals suffer from these effects which are detectable (blood test, electro-encephalogram, etc.).
  • The effects, symptoms or reactions differ from person to person, but the pathologies will show up later.
  • The 18-25 year olds are the first “portable” generation. The consequences of modern telephony will probably be seen in the years to come.
  • Scientifically, wave frequencies have been shown to be bad for the brain and sperm production.
  • Reports attempt to discredit studies and reports on the dangers of mobile telephony (BioInitiative report 2007 and 2012) by denouncing various conflicts of interest. They are based on reassuring studies published by the Radio frequency Health Foundation, which depends on the main players in mobile telephony, whose indirect influence plays on the choice and course of studies.
  • The biological effects of electromagnetic radiation (extremely low frequencies and microwaves) have been demonstrated: cell stress and oxidation, genotoxicity, risk of brain tumors or leukemia, etc.
  • There are psychic, physical and neurological collateral effects due to addiction to social networks on which people put their private lives on display.
  • The vision of these happy-looking unknown or famous people performing sometimes extraordinary activities (extreme sports, exotic adventures, etc.) or performing (music, dance, cinema, etc.) leads to unhealthy and false comparisons as well as to a drop in self-esteem (Source Doctor Debra Kissen, clinical psychologist, clinical director of the Light On Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago)
  • Cell phone use leads to musculoskeletal disorders due to lack of exercise and poor posture.