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Can You Trust Your Cell Phone?

Technology will not be going anywhere anytime soon. It is inevitable in all walks of life, and so many people are relying on it to inform their lives and needs every day. A very popular avenue for technological integration into modern society is through the use of cell phones. Though we use these devices all throughout the day, society still has a number of misconceptions about them, and below are a few.

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MYTH: Hands free phones are safer when on the road

With so many laws deterring drivers from operating vehicles while holding their cellular, a few misconceptions are brought forth about the act of a hand-free conversation. It is not so much the fact that you have one hand busy holding the phone, it’s that fact you have the distraction in the first place, and are paying more attention to it than to the road. It is actually safer to drive with a passenger and talk then to speak when no one is actually there. With a friend or family member around, someone can always be used as an extra set of eyes.

The distraction, however, of conversing with a headset is still liable to cause accidents.

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MYTH: You have no need to turn your phone off

The ownership of a cell phone becomes tedious as we struggle to keep our batteries from dying. Nothing seems to work, and charging a battery overnight can make the situation worse. The one thing that most haven’t considered is shutting their phones off all together.

A battery and a cellular device will need to “reboot” just like your body does at night. Charging is not enough to do it. Cell phone owners need to turn their phones off occasionally and give their devices a real break.

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MYTH: Cell phones are dangerous during airplane takeoffs

Some people are annoyed during the moments that electronic devices must be shut down during takeoff. It may irritate people even more to know of studies showing that cell phone use during takeoff is not related to any know problem or malfunction. You probably wouldn’t want to bring this up during your next takeoff, however.

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MYTH: Prepaid cell phone service is unreliable for users

Prepaid phones come with something of a bad stigma to them. They are cheaper and often don’t provide the social media services many need to conduct their online lives. But people looking for a new and cheaper phone should still consider a prepaid service.

Unlike the incurred myth around these companies, the service they provide uses that same infrastructure as many known to be reliable services out there. They include companies like Verizon and AT&T. If you don’t need a smart phone, a prepaid service might make a good cheaper alternative for you.

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MYTH: The routine use of cell phones can cause cancer

Since the popularity of smaller-sized-cell phones, the media has been exploiting a truth about phone radiation. The truth is, they do emit radiation while transmitting a phone conversation and while amplifying sound. That radiation, however, is very small—so small that no studies can conclude the result of cancer from the use of a cell phone.

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MYTH: Reading map and directions on phones while driving is safe

Modern GPS systems are routinely worth a bit less than what many pay for them. These GPS systems fall out their mounts or can’t update data for newly constructed roads. The solution that most drivers find is the use of their smart phones for directions. The fact is, this is not safe.

For the same reasons that texting and driving is dangerous are the same reasons that reading map coordinates on the road should not be done. Contrary to popular belief, anything that takes your eyes from the road is just not safe.