In this age of digitalization, it’s hard to imagine life without our smartphones. We are constantly typing away on it or sending photos. But for this reason, you should also turn it off sometimes.
Anyone with a smartphone knows the need to be constantly reachable or play games on it. Email, photos, or short messages can be sent to another person with a swipe across the screen. Practical, but the uninterrupted use of the mobile phone has disadvantages.
The constant companion
The Südkurier asked whether the constant use of the smartphone has disadvantages and whether users should switch off their constant companion at night. This is what happens to the device at night when it remains switched on; the medium continues:
For the smartphone to do everything it is supposed to, it relies on mobile radio. According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (FSO), this is used to transmit telephone calls, pictures, music, internet data and other information with the help of high-frequency electromagnetic fields. Whether smartphones also share radiation and whether this is harmful has not been clarified.
According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, mobile radio has no health risk, but “the technology is still too young for a conclusive assessment of long-term effects.”
Switch off the mobile phone at night
At night, the mobile phone should rather be far enough away from the pillow and preferably switched off because this minimizes “the radiation exposure many times over.” Switched off, it could lead to better sleep, Südkurier continues.
Not only do people benefit from time off from their mobile phones, but also the device itself. According to chip.de, this could extend the battery life:
At least once a week, you should shut down your smartphone completely to extend the life of the device and make it faster overall.
Important for people and smartphones
To give yourself and your mobile phone a break, flight mode is not enough. The smartphone should therefore be switched off at night! Wertgarantie explains why switching off is essential:
In addition, restarting the following day helps to perform a soft reset and bring the smartphone up to date. Switching off and on again at night closes all frozen apps and provides the device with all necessary updates.
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