I’m sure we have all, at some point, heard about the possible dangers of extensive cell phone use. But if you’re like me, you have continuously brushed off the claims, with an I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it mentality. Well, maybe it’s time we paid attention.

In your iPhone 4 booklet, about 5 pages in, is a warning about Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy. Well, it’s just your standard legal disclaimer in case a freak accident happens, right? Wrong. If you continue to read on, the user manual actually requests you hold your iPhone 5/8 inch away from your body…

Apple iPhone 4 – Important Product Information Guide:

For optimal mobile device performance and to be sure that human exposer to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: When on a call using the built-in audio receiver in iPhone, hold iPhone with the dock connector pointed down toward your shoulder to increase separation from the antenna. When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases , belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8″) separation between iPhone and the body.

Check out your own Information Guide for yourself.  It’s there. But does this really  give us something to worry about? To be honest, this is a typical disclaimer you’ll see in most any electronic device manual that uses bluetooth, wifi, and of course, cellular radios.

But I must say that as I drive down the road with my iPhone in my lap buzzing with text messages, and the bluetooth/FM transmitter above my head buzzing with tunes, I can’t help but wonder if there really is a danger with these devices. Before we know it, warnings will be larger and on the outside of packaging, “Surgeon General’s Warning: Use this electronic device at your own risk.”

What do you guys think about these ‘warnings’? Any truth behind ’em? Tell us below!

  • Koppis

    How am I supposed to keep it 15mm from my hand? 😀

    • Jon Garrett

      we’re Americans so what the hell is 15mm anyway…..I want inches (no homo)

      • soccerkrzy

        It’s pathetic you don’t know, and yes, I’m an American.

      • Jason Masters

        Lmao best response yet!!!

      • Ai

        You’re a fucking American idiot. Go to hell with your anti-gay remark.

      • Kennster

        Ai…your an idiot…no homo..isnt an anti gay comment..you pussy!!! If words offend you….eat a bullet…

      • Marcus


      • kadz

        lol lol .. internet

  • Ai

    I’m sure all the devices transmitting radio frequencies are affecting us one way or another. Each of us may habe different levels of tolerance or immunity to them. The truth of the matter is, are we really going to stop using these wireless devices even if we know for sure that it kills our brains or causes cancer or any other health risks.

    • Jason Masters

      Using iPhones makes you a big fat meanie !!!

    • ghiles

      if it causes cancer I will!

    • DaveACIM

      how about if it causes other people health problems?

  • soccerkrzy

    LOL, there’s so much RF going through your body right now anyway, it doesn’t matter, it’s not at a power or frequency that will cause harm to your body.

  • manuel

    doesn’t the iphone come with headphones?

  • Shrike1978

    There have been extensive studies on the effects of cell phone radiation on the human body, and specifically the brain, and all well-designed studies have shown no effect. They may be trying to do some CYA there, but the scientifically literate amongst us really don’t appreciate the scaremongering that we have to spend more time debunking.

    More information: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=5207

    • techtard

      stfu. Scientific results and opinions continually change. Science (the new religion) doesn’t always have the 100% correct answer to everything it looks at.
      Until LONG TERM INDEPENDENT studies are done and done again, IMO, the debate is open.

  • Noisebag

    In holland they released a article last week about this matter.
    Scientist discoverd that when making a phone call there is a increase of brain activity on the side that your holding the phone!
    So it definitely affects your brain frequency but they say its not hurting the brain but improving brain cells.
    Only thing i do keep in mind is noy using it to often and as mutch as i can hands-free.
    I do this because i dont just believe everything ” scientist” that tells me something is right or wrong.
    And be hounest

    • Shrike1978

      How were variables controlled? Was the possibility that the brain activity increased becuase of the aural stimulation in a single ear rules out? Were there any preceeding studies or was this the first exploratory study? Were they even expecting this at all? If this isn’t what they were testing specifically for, you can’t use the results definitively. Studies like this tend to be more of a “that’s interesting, let’s look into it a little more” factor for real scientists. Unfortuately, the media usually gets ahold of it and blows it out of proportion. What sounds better. “Scientists find anomoly in brain activity of cell phone users, but more study is required to determine significance” or “Scientists say cell phones make us smarter!”

      Bottom line, science reporting sucks.

  • Noisebag

    Srry for the double reply, damn mobile view screwing with me.
    But as i sad.
    If you be honest your mobile phone isnt the real worry its the damn cell towers that are dangerous

  • shiftid

    This is to cover corporate asses I have been in the wireless business for 15+ years held the equipment, all types of wireless equipment including the antennas that give us cellular signal. I have testing done to myself yearly. The doctors don’t have a clue till I tell them I might as well be a wireless device myself. No truth behind it. Everything we use and consume causes cancer.

  • Elisabeth

    I always use a good quality headphone and keep the Iphone far away while making or receiving calls. I read a study few months ago done from some university and using phones especially iphones that works as bridges between other iphones even when not talking with your device facilitate and increase the risk of brain cancer. Even where you sleep dont keep the iphone too close to your body example on the side table but leave it on the floor more far away. Iphones are very bad for this.

    • Shrike1978

      Cite the study, please. I’m not aware of a single *well-designed* study that has show any corrolation whatsoever.

  • Icyhotonmynuts

    Execive cellular usage has left me with phantom vibrations in my leg. I always carry my phones in my right frobt pocket. When the phine is NOT on me, my leg will spasm right where the phone should be, like an incoming sms or short call vibration, which instinctively I would reach for without realizing I dont have my phone on me.

    • Shrike1978

      What evidence to do you have that this is an effect of EM radiation? Sounds more like a conditioning effect due to physical contact to me.

  • KiraXD

    Just look what happened to Steve Jobs…

    • Xepptizz

      ….turn him into a multimilionair?
      ….shrink his wardrobe?

  • Aaron

    This comment thread started off pretty weak sauce, but has really picked up. I especially enjoy Shrike, the Academic Watchman hahaha!

  • Suckadick

    Wat is a homo?

  • Z

    I think you need to watch your testicles =) having the phone sitting on/under/at your lap is no good! Or else, you should start producing babies asap lol

    That’s why it’s good to use speaker phone or hands free kits for the cars. Speaking of which, I’m about to install one in mine.

    Bluetooth headsets and constant chit chatting on the phone will fry your brain sooner than one will realize he/she went retarded. I honestly avoid using those, and tend to use either the headphones with a built in mic, speakerphone or handsfree charging docks. 75$ could save you your testicles lol

  • jon

    This issue’s been getting a lot ot press lately, saw something in Time and NY Times recently. I’ve been checking out http://Pongresearch.com they seem to have a product that can help protect your brain at least.

  • James

    my nutsack now has cancer because i didnt listen to the warning…

  • Yankeepricks

    Stupid yank Bastards

  • Mathman

    for the win:

    Bluetooth headsets and constant chit chatting on the phone will fry your brain sooner than one will realize he/she went retarded.

  • Mathman

    CNN just reported that there is indeed a link. Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Check it out.

  • Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary – May 31 – the World Health Organization declared that cell phones may cause brain cancer. This was based upon evaluation of all the international science to date. The decision to make this statement was almost unanimous by the world’s leading scientists on the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

    And, the radiation warnings hidden in the fine print of all user manuals are there because the federal government requires manufacturers to warn all consumers. The iPhone user manual says to never use or carry closer than 5/8 inch or risk exposure to microwave radiation that exceeds the federal safety guidelines. Apple deceptively hides it in the fine print so no one will see it. Why isn’t the FDA requiring these warnings on a label where people will see it? They do this with other consumer products that may cause cancer!! And, parents are letting their babies cuddle with their iPhones!!

    • yb

      Good point, but the answer is simple. Unlike many other things science has been able to prove, this matter still hasn’t been fully covered and proven. People have been using cellphones for more than 10 years no, and no major indications.. Keep safe.

  • Most people don’t understand that 5/8″ is the min. You really need a a Blue tube so no radiation is on the side of your head. As to yourhands you guessed it how do you hold it. They are just covering themselves for lawsuits. Radiation is not good for your hands either.