With 5G technology beginning to roll out across the world, fears that smartphone radiation could have negative health effects are beginning to flare up.
A recent report raised further concerns by suggesting that some phones are leaking more radiation than expected. Facebook groups and YouTube comments sections are filled with people voicing their concerns about radiofrequency (RF) radiation used in our communication networks.
Though the scientific evidence has consistently shown there's little reason to be worried, many believe RF radiation could be harming us, the CNET.com website reported.
According to the German news agency, there is a huge amount of scientific data on the issue, making it increasingly complex for both consumers and health professionals to untangle.
A new comment piece, appearing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, agrees the topic is complex but says any potentially harmful biological effects are more commonly seen in low-quality scientific studies.
According to Mark Elwood, first author of the piece, New Zealand's Ministry of Health asked for an independent, objective response after an article was published in the same journal.
Scientists have been studying the effect of RF radiation on the human body for decades, demonstrating that the major biological effect appears to be heating of human tissue. RF radiation is non-ionizing, which means it does not have the energy to do damage to DNA.