Text messaging may damage your health
- By: Siân Knight
Text messaging may damage your health, according to an interim report published by the BMA's board of science and education. The report, which calls for more research into the effects on health from mobile phones, notes that there is a possibility that pelvic and abdominal organs may be affected by mobile phone radiation, as most text messages are sent from waist level.
Over 900 million text messages were sent in the United Kingdom in January 2001, and their popularity has risen exponentially in recent months. According to the report, children are particularly likely to use mobile phones for text messaging, a statement that is backed up by the current playground craze of using mobile phones to send text messages to friends.
The report also draws attention to the increase of 28% in muggings, a rise which may be attributable to the theft of mobile phones. Over 20% of victims are