Choosing Cellular Ubiquity or Isolation: A Tale of Two Worlds
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at January 24th, 2013
It seems oxymoronic that in the same week we saw news stories about both the demand for faster connectivity at the Inauguration on the one hand and the quest for families and individuals to “unplug” and remove themselves from cellular devices, on the other.
Compared to four years ago, the Inaugural festivities in Washington this past week involved a startling increase in heavy data usage. Cellular carriers had to bring in portable cell towers and install them along the National Mall and parade route to accommodate the demand for twitting, video chatting, sending photos, streaming video, etc. We live now awash in a world of “instant sharing.” According to the Cellular Telephone Wireless Association, data usage continues to climb stratospherically. Back in 2009 when the C.T.I.A. first began tracking data usage, consumers used 108 billion megabytes but by comparison, in the first 6 months of 2012, consumers used over 633 billion megabytes!
Let’s compare the Inauguration’s thirst for connectivity with a story about the growing movement to “unplug” published last week in Sunset Magazine and highlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle. Titled, “The Unplugged Home,” this article featured a family from San Francisco that has converted or perhaps “reverted” is a better reflection, back to a household of non-connectivity: No cell phones, Wi-Fi, Netflix, etc.. The parents talk about the restored focus and quality of life that their family has discovered through this change in lifestyle. The article concludes in alerting readers to this growing movement by highlighting such upcoming events such as the National Day of Unplugging (March 1st) and retreats sponsored by The Digital Detox group.
One thing is certain: If you are trying to live a lifestyle not constantly tethered to cellular communication and entertainment devices, your efforts are increasingly challenged by the ubiquity of cellular signal saturating our cities and communities. Many folks have expressed outrage at the constant bombardment of cellular radiation for which they never requested or wanted. Others are falling ill at increasing numbers because their bodies have surpassed the capacity to tolerate EMF exposure at the levels now unfolding. For many people, serious health concerns have now developed.
Perhaps we should all take a moment and reflect on our lives just a few years back, before we had “instant sharing” capacity at our fingertips. We need to ask ourselves if our lives are better now or if the EMF expansion is worth the price. Try unplugging from time to time and see for yourself. You may feel a whole lot better both inside and out!
Category: Cellphones and Health Consequences