Wi-Fi is the most common way to connect to the internet in cafes, airports, hotels and homes. It has become so ubiquitous that we often don’t think about the potential risks it represents for health, for the environment, for society in short for humans. This article discusses the 4 main problems that wireless networks pose to society. It is important to understand the negative effects of Wi-Fi to counterbalance all the positive aspects of this technology. Keep reading for more details.
1. Health risks
Indeed, Wi-Fi works by emitting electromagnetic waves. The frequency of which is close to that of a microwave and this frequency would even have the particularity of displacing or agitating water molecules and as if by coincidence our body would be made up of 75% of water and this becomes more worrying when we realize that children have more water in their body.
And from this, a number of health risks associated with Wi-Fi exposure have been deduced. These include headaches, fatigue, anxiety, infertility (one study showed that prolonged exposure could affect sperm quality, including decreased sperm motility) and even cancer. Other studies have shown that Wi-Fi radiation can interfere with the natural electrical activity of the heart and cause DNA damage. The last anomaly identified is electromagnetic hypersensitivity whose most common symptoms are: fatigue, headaches, difficulty in concentrating, tinnitus, dizziness. This disease can be considered as a real handicap.
How to limit this impact?
It is therefore advisable to install the router more than 1 m away from you, so neither on your desk, nor in your room or the children’s room, and to turn it off if you are not using it. And more importantly when you are pregnant, if you expose yourself too much to Wi-Fi waves, it could cause a possible risk of miscarriage and in other cases would disturb the growing tissues of small children or the fetus. Their cellular development is delayed.
2. Safety risks
Wi-Fi networks are notoriously easy to hack. This means that your personal information, such as your credit card number and home address, may be at risk. Hackers can also use your Wi-Fi connection to access other devices on your network, such as your computer or smartphone, and thus gain access to sensitive data such as your home alarm system. This is especially common on public networks. This is especially common on public networks found in cafes, hotels and airports. To this end, Symantec conducted a survey in 2017 that proved that people were more likely to connect to a free Wi-Fi hotspot if the signal was good. The majority of public Wi-Fi users who were aware of Wi-Fi security threats reported being unaware of the risks.
How to limit this impact?
Install a VPN on your devices, it will reroute you to a secure server that will encrypt all your data. You should also make sure that your devices are password protected to prevent unauthorized access. Also make sure that your browsing is done on sites whose address starts with HTTPS and displ
ays a padlock, to ensure that the network is secure and the site is safe. And finally, if you have no choice but to connect to a public Wi-Fi network, make sure you know for sure the source of the free Wi-Fi network.
Risk of dumbing down
Here I would like to state all the technologies that go along with the internet and not only Wi-Fi. These technologies have made people lazier than ever and have also made us dumber. The worst effect on society is that kids don’t have to physically do anything to learn anymore. Nowadays, children can simply look up the answer online and figure it out for themselves. When children are able to search for answers online, they may be at a disadvantage because they do not always know how to search for the answer themselves, the memorization, mental and physical effort provided. They also decreased the attention span and concentration of many people. People can no longer concentrate and just scroll through their phones all day. The internet also causes many productivity losses in the workplace.
For example, when you need to remember a recipe, you can memorize every ingredient and cooking instructions. But, with the internet at your fingertips, that’s no longer necessary. You have bookmarked the recipe, so you don’t remember the details or how to prepare it.
How can you limit this impact?
Well, that’s pretty simple. It sounds drastic but you need to try to disconnect a bit and get back to real life. If you want to do research, use the old-fashioned method of using a dictionary or an encyclopedia and if it seems too hard do half of it on the net. Don’t depend on it too much. Do the same for your children.
4. Wi-Fi is not eco-friendly
It is important to be aware of the negative effects it can have on the environment. One of the main problems with Wi-Fi is that it emits electromagnetic radiation, which can be dangerous to people and animals. In addition, the making of Wi-Fi equipment consumes a lot of energy and resources, which can lead to pollution and climate change. Finally, Wi-Fi equipment often contains toxic materials, which can leach into the environment and cause problems for wildlife.
How to limit this impact?
You can limit the energy consumption of your connected devices by turning off unused devices and limiting their use to a minimum.
On the whole, although Wi-Fi is a great service because of its many uses, it can have some negative impacts on society. It is important to be aware of these problems when using Wi-Fi.