Leaving aside the obvious question, ‘why?’, you have to wonder what the long- or even short-term effects might be. A couple of decades ago, there was a big scare about how leaks from microwave ovens were frying our brains. Scientists assured us that you’d have to actually put your head inside the microwave and switch it on before any harm resulted; and some clever satirist pointed out that you’d have to cut it off first, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to close the door … and that one went away.
The radiation in an oven is obviously a lot more powerful than that from a phone, and is thoroughly screened. Whereas that from a phone is tiny, but is the opposite of screened – it has to get out there, as strongly as possible, that’s the whole point. But, though each device’s contribution may be miniscule, multiply by seven billion and …
But what concerns me most is this. If all this radiation is indeed cumulatively rotting everyone’s brain, how will we know? There are already worrying signs (the Bank of England’s quarterly economic forecasts, horseburgers, Adele) that humanity’s critical and analytical faculties are on the wane. Degraded brains can’t resolve their own degradation.
I’m not worried about it, though. My brain’s still fine. And I only own one mobile phone (which often doesn’t work.) And I counted up to nineteen just now, when I’ll be a hundred. Nurse, I need a top-up. Oh, sorry, nurse is out for her psychotherapy.