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Appeals court rules against anti-wireless crusader
USA Created: 12 Mar 2015
The state Court of Appeals has denied an appeal from a Santa Fe man who claims the use of electronic devices near his home damaged his health.

Anti-Wi-Fi activist Arthur Firstenberg sued his neighbor and landlord in 2010 contending that their use of wireless devices was making him sick because he has electromagnetic sensitivity.

After three years of litigation — which included the case being sent to Federal court, then back to state District Court — District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled in 2012 that Firstenberg lacked sufficient evidence to support his claim and ruled in favor of the defendants.

Firstenberg appealed Singleton’s ruling to the state Court of Appeals, which upheld her decision in an opinion published last week.

Firstenburg, who regularly opposes the installation or upgrading of wireless infrastructure, has another case, also related to the effects of wireless technology, pending in the state Court of Appeals which names the city of Santa Fe as a defendant. He filed a new complaint against the city in District Court in January, challenging plans to install a wireless system for reading water meters.
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Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, 09 Mar 2015

SCENIHR: NGOs lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman
United Kingdom Created: 12 Mar 2015
Bias in the assessment of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) - NGOs lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman.
The recent assessment of Electromagnetic Field health risks by a European Commission expert group1 is largely biased towards a pro-industrial scientific viewpoint, according to 39 NGOs. The organisations claim that the SCENIHR experts omitted the contradictory conclusions of a substantial part of the scientific community, and that some of the experts have close links to the telecom or electrical industry. - This might explain why they discarded all alarming studies on brain tumours and other diseases, says Mona Nilsson, chair of the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation. A new balanced assessment is urgently needed if we don't want to risk Public Health by policies based on incomplete and biased data.

An unbalanced expert group

In a field where alarming scientific evidence is accumulating and the scientific controversy is sharp, the European Commission has appointed an expert group dominated by scientists who are well known for their disbelief in EMF health risks. (See Encl. 3) Many of them have links to the controversial organisation ICNIRP.2 The SCENIHR sub-group on epidemiology offers a striking example of the lack of impartiality and pluralism. Headed by the notorious no-risk profile Joachim Schüz, it discarded or excluded all studies linking mobile phone use to head tumours (see encl. 1). This was done despite the objections from a group member (see Encl.4), and in complete contradiction to the conclusion of many fellow scientists, some expressing deep concern for Public Health as the Bioinitiative Group for instance. The unbalanced group was appointed without regard to earlier calls for transparent, impartial and pluralist expert assessment from different stakeholders. (See ex. in Encl. 5)

In addition there are noteworthy conflicts of interest in the SCENHIR EMF expert group. Several members have intimate relations to the concerned industry like Theodoros Samaras (ex-consultant, Vodafone), Mats-Olof Mattsson, ICNIRP (Telia Sonera's scientific council), Kjell Hansson-Mild (Telia Sonera's scientific council), Zenon Sienkiewicz, ICNIRP (consultant, Japan EMF Information Center emanating from Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories and the Japan Electric Association) and Anssi Auvinen, ICNIRP (repeatedly funded by MMF, the Mobile Manufacturers' Forum)3. The industry benefits tremendously from the no-risk conclusion as it postpones costly regulations and lowers the risks of liability claims.

NGO demands and suggestions

Considering the decisive impact the SCENIHR assessment will have on Public Health policies and standards, and the recent recommendations4 of the European Ombudsman to obtain more balanced expert groups with less conflicts of interests, concerned NGOs will lodge a complaint to the Ombudsman and address a petition to the European Commission. EU citizens and decision-makers will not receive correct information about EMF health risks unless expert assessments are impartial and made in the general interest. The NGOs therefore demand:

1. An investigation by the European Ombudsman of the appointment and composition of the SCENIHR EMF steering and working groups, including questions of pluralism, transparency, corporate influence, NGO participation, and the integration of suggestions from the public consultation.

2. An annulment of the SCENIHR report on EMF health risks.

3. The appointment of a new balanced, transparent and contradictory expert group without conflicts of interest by an unbiased steering group.

4. A new balanced and independent assessment.

5. The establishment of a permanent stakeholder committee at DG SANCO, where NGO viewpoints can be truly pronounced and considered in the decision process on EMF policy, legislation, research and expert assessment.

Contact persons: Mona Nilsson, Swedish radiation protection foundation mona@stralskyddsstiftelsen.se +468-560 512 13
Alasdair Philips, Powerwatch, UK. SKYPE: amphil

REFERENCES
1. The report Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) was adopted January 27, 2015 by the EC Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) It assessed the recent research (2009-2013) on EMF health risks related to radio-frequency fields from wireless technologies and low frequency fields.

2. ICNIRP is the association that formulated the guidelines behind most current EMF exposure standards. It exclusively takes thermal effects into consideration (warming of tissue) and explicitly excludes exposure to wireless devices exceeding 6 minutes as well as possible long-term effects like cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Its non-protective approach and closed structure give ICNIRP features of a front group for corporate and military interests, according to EMF related NGOs. ICNIRP experts have a huge influence in international and national standard setting committees, including the WHO EMF-Project. See e.g. Critic of ICNIRP
http://www.chronicexposure.org/limitsICNIRP.html and The Procrustean Approach http://www.emfacts.com/papers/

3 .Samaras: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/emerging/docs/doi_scenihr_samaras_en.pdf
Mattsson: Declaration of interests
Hansson-Mild: Declaration of interests
Sienkiewicz: Declaration of interests
Auvinen: Declaration of interests

4. The recommandations following the European Ombudsman's own-initiative inquiry concerning the composition of EC expert groups.

ENCLOSURES
Enclosure 1: SCENIHR: a biased assessment of EMF health risks - the example of head tumours
Enclosure 2: SCENIHR: a biased assessment of EMF health risks - the example of EHS soon available
Enclosure 3: SCENIHR members' history (intellectual and financial bias).
Enclosure 4: Letter from SCENIHR member Kjell Hansson-Mild on assessment bias.
Enclosure 5: IEMFA's letter to DG Sanco,"Call for Transparent, Impartial and Pluralist Expert Assessment on health risks of non‐ionizing
electromagnetic fields (EMF), Nov 14, 2011

LIST OF SIGNATORIES:
International EMF alliance http://www.iemfa.org
Swedish radiation protection foundation, Sweden http://www.stralskydsstiftelsen.se
Priartem, France http://www.priartem.fr
Collectif des électrosensibles de France http://www.electrosensible.org
EMFacts, Australia http://www.emfacts.com
EM-radiation research trust, UK http://www.radiationresearch.org
Powerwatch, UK http://www.powerwatch.org.uk
Folkets stralevern, Norway http://www.folkets-stralevern.no
Swedish association for the electrohypersensitive (FEB), Sweden https://eloverkanslig.org
StopUMTS, Netherlands, http://www.stopumts.nl
A.M.I.C.A. Association for Chronic Toxic and Environmental Injury, Italy http://www.infoamica.it
ElettrosmogVolturino Italy 
http://elettrosmogvolturino.interfree.it
Electrically hypersensitives in Finland, http://www.sahkoherkat.fi
ReteNoelettrosmogItalia, Italy, http://www.retenoelettrosmogitalia.it
Stichting Kennisplatform Elektromagnetische Straling, Netherlands http://www.stichtingkennisplatformems.org
Fundacja Instytut Badań Elektromagnetycznych im. Jamesa Clerka Maxwella, Poland http://www.ibe.org.pl
Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Przeciwdziałania Elektroskażeniom "Prawo do Życia", PL http://www.prawodozycia.pl
Stowarzyszenie "Nasze Bielany", Poland http://www.naszebielany.org
Polska Unia Właścicieli Nieruchomości
(Member of Union Internationale de la Propriété Immobilière – International Union of Property Owners www.uipi.com), Poland http://www.puwn.pl
Beperk de Straling, Belgium http://www.beperkdestraling.org
TESLABEL, Belgium, http://www.teslabel.be
Coalition québécoise de lutte contre la pollution électromagnétique http://www.cqlpe.ca
Robin des Toits, France http://www.robindestoits.org
Coordination Ntle des Collectifs contre les antennes relais tout azimut, France
Coordinating group of the Plataforma Estatal Contra la Contaminación Electromagnética (PECCEM), Spain. http://www.peccem.org
Electrosensibles por el derecho a la salud, Spain. http://electrosensiblesderechosalud.org/
Bio-Electromagnetic Research Initiative, UK http://www.bemri.org
Stralingsarmvlaanderen, Belgium http://www.stralingsarmvlaanderen.org
WaveBreaker (Vågbrytaren), Sweden, http://www.vagbrytaren.org
Electrosensitivity in Ireland http://www.iervn.com
EHS Association of Electrosensitives, Denmark, http://www.ehsf.dk
SSITA, UK http://www.ssita.org.uk
Mast Victims, UK. http://www.mast-victims.org
Rådet for Helbredssikker Telekommunikation, Denmark http://www.helbredssikker-telekommunikation.dk
American association for cell phone safety, USA http://americanassociationforcellphonesafety.org/
Citizens for a radiationfree community, USA http://citizensforaradiationfreecommunity.org/
The people's initiative Foundation, USA http://thepeoplesinitiative.org/
Stop smart grid, USA http://stopsmartgrid.org/
Agir pour l'Environnement http://www.agirpourlenvironnement.org/
more signatories are to be expected
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Source: Agnes/Robert Riedlinger

Bioelectrical Signals Can Stunt or Grow Brain Tissue (=don't mess with ion-channels!)
USA Created: 11 Mar 2015
The brain is a hotbed of electrical activity - Scientists have long known that brain cells communicate via electrical missives, created by charged atoms and molecules called ions as they travel across the membranes of those cells. But a new study suggests that in the days and weeks that lead up to a brain forming in an embryo or fetus, altering the electrical properties of these cells can dramatically change how the ensuing brain develops.

Related news:
Jul 2013, USA: Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage-gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects

Researchers at Tufts University and the University of Minnesota have investigated how the difference in charge on either side of a resting cell’s membrane—its electrical potential—helps build the brain. In previous work Tufts University developmental biologist Michael Levin found that patterns of electrical potentials in the earliest stages of an embryo’s development can direct how an animal’s body grows, and that manipulating those potentials can cause a creature to sprout extra limbs, tails or functioning eyes. Now, Levin’s group has investigated how these potentials shape the brain.

Working with frog embryos the researchers first used dyes to see the patterns of electrical potentials that precede brain development. They noticed that before the development of a normal brain the cells lining the neural tube, a structure that eventually becomes the brain and spinal cord, have extreme differences in ionic charge within and outside the membrane that houses the cells. In other words, these cells are extremely polarized.

Next Levin and his colleagues injected genetic material into some cells to spur the development of additional ion channels in the membrane. The channels allow charged atoms and molecules to travel into or out of cells; the extra channels enabled ions to cross more easily, thereby reducing how polarized these cells had become. In turn these electrical changes caused the brain to develop abnormally, with certain brain regions growing in too small or completely failing to develop. The observations led the team to conclude that the pattern of potentials they had disrupted may be a key component to healthy brain development, a bioelectrical blueprint for the brain.

Deeper study, as detailed in their paper in The Journal of Neuroscience on March 10, revealed that even the patterns of electrical potential in cells far from the neural tube were crucial to normal growth. The researchers also identified the molecular mechanisms—particularly the role of signals from calcium ions—involved in this effect.

University of California, San Diego neurobiologist Nicholas Spitzer, who did not participate in this study but has studied the brain’s electrical signaling extensively, finds the research convincing and notes that this mechanism-level understanding helps clarify ongoing questions about electricity’s part in shaping the brain. He suspects that future work will uncover an even greater role for such signaling.

As in their previous studies of limbs and eyes, Levin and his colleagues tested the strength of their bioelectrical blueprint elsewhere in the body to see whether it would spur neuronal growth in locations far from the brain. Although they could not grow a second brain elsewhere in the body, they succeeded in growing full neural tissue. “I think this is really amazing—equally important as the growth of additional eyes,” says University of California, Davis, biologist Min Zhao (also unaffiliated with the study) who investigates the application of electrical fields in wound healing.

In addition, Levin and his colleagues worked with a frog population carrying a genetic defect that would cause abnormal brain growth. They confirmed that these frogs exhibited abnormal electrical patterning during early development. By treating the animals with drugs that target specific ion channels, the researchers could restore normal patterns to ensure healthy brain growth, rescuing the brain from its genetic fate.

Altogether the findings could inspire novel interventions to heal the brain, whether to regenerate brain cells lost to degenerative disease or in remedying birth defects due to environmental toxins. In contrast to targeting genetic sources of dysfunction, Levin believes electrical manipulation could serve as a larger-level and more efficient control dial for brain development.

The work also furthers our understanding of the interplay between genes, chemistry and electricity in the brain’s earliest stages. “These are issues in brain development that people never talk about,” Levin says. “This work could provide a road map for new approaches.”
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Source: Scientific American, Daisy Yuhas, 10 Mar 2015

MP to meet phone mast firm
United Kingdom Created: 10 Mar 2015
Telecoms company Vodafone has agreed to meet with Melton’s MP to discuss residents’ concerns over the planned installation of a mobile phone mast on their estate.

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan stepped into the dispute after householders staged protests when workmen came to inspect the site, on the corner of Grange Drive and Sapcote Drive in Melton.

He was unhappy with the company’s response that they were ‘reviewing all options’ after he wrote to them.

Mr Duncan said: “This is the sort of non-answer that Melton residents are sick of hearing.

“I have immediately sought a meeting with Vodafone and will continue to give them both barrels until they are straight with people about their plans.”

Related news:
Feb 2015, United Kingdom: Protesters against phone mast back on site after six years
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Source: Melton Times, 10 Mar 2015

Before the bubble bursts...
Sweden Created: 9 Mar 2015
From Örjan Hallberg: Just for your information; my new book "Before the bubble bursts" is now available also in English - It is a summary of my research since 1998 in the area of cancer and radiation. What happened in 1955? And what made cancers to start accelerating again after 1997? Is really thicker layers of sun screen the final solution to the melanoma epidemic?

Available in English on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Before-bubble-bursts-%C3%96rjan-Hallberg/dp/9174636618/

also available in Swedish:
http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789174636567/innan-bubblan-brister-/
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Source: Örjan Hallberg, 08 Mar 2015

Finally some "GOOD NEWS"; Energy smart meter roll-out may be 'costly failure', UK MPs warn
United Kingdom Created: 8 Mar 2015
Technical problems and delays mean the Government's target of installin "smart" electricity and gas meters in every home by 2020 is likely to be missed, energy select committee warns
The Government's £11bn program to install energy smart meters in every home by 2020 risks becoming a “costly failure”, an influential committee of MP's has warned.
Ministers say the meters, which take automatic gas and electricity usage readings and send them back to energy companies, (By WI-FI !
(Mind you) will eliminate estimated billing and encourage households to save money by monitoring their consumption.
But a series of problems with the scheme mean the 2020 target is unlikely to be met, the Energy and Climate Change committee said on Saturday.
“We do not believe that near-universal smart meter roll-out will be achieved by 2020,” it said in a report. “Without significant and immediate changes to the present policy, the program runs the risk of falling far short of expectations. At worst it could prove to be a costly failure.”
Technical difficulties making the meters work in tall buildings and when customers switch supplier have not yet been resolved, even though the national roll-out is supposed to begin this year, the MPs said.
Read more at link:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/11456193/Energy-smart-meter-roll-out-may-be-costly-failure-MPs-warn.html
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Blood tests sent to Telecom to thwart tower plans
Australia Created: 7 Mar 2015
Two northern NSW resident action groups campaigning against NBN towers have sent blood sample results to NBN Co and its contractors in a bid to scare them off their rollout plans.

The groups - the Friends of Condong Ridge, which opposes a tower at Clothiers Creek, and the OREAD Project in Kyogle shire - say they have taken a leaf from the book of anti-cell tower campaigners in Wales.

Under the strategy, residents take a blood test before a cell tower is erected and send the results with a legal liability letter to the telco, its contractors and the land owner hosting the tower.

The letter states that further pathology tests will be undertaken once the tower is in place, and threatens litigation if any trend is uncovered between the 'before' and 'after' tests.

Both NSW groups say a dozen residents in each area have taken the blood tests.

Related news:
Jun 2008, Germany: Study on residents near T-Mobile mast shows alarming evidence

Friends of Condong Range spokesperson Josh Bloom told iTnews the group had sent its blood tests and liability letter to NBN Co, Visionstream and the land owner's lawyer three weeks ago.

"We had the lawyer write a liability notice basically stating that the blood tests will be redone after the tower is installed and if there's any trend change across the group, then liability will rest with you," Bloom said.

"It would have to be a trend because if it was only one person, it could be argued that any number of factors can cause someone's blood to change.

"But if we find a trend across a dozen people or more that's out of the ordinary and we can prove that, then we can attribute that to the common thing, being the tower."

Bloom's group has been fighting a proposed tower installation since August 2014.

OREAD Project founder Ammun Luca told iTnews his group was fighting NBN towers in the Tweed Caldera area.

He said they had submitted a dozen blood tests to NBN Co and fixed wireless builder Ericsson.

"As far as we know there's no one else in Australia that's done this besides our two groups," Luca said.

An NBN Co spokesperson did not comment specifically on whether or not it had taken receipt of the blood test results, but told iTnews that the company's network "is designed and operated safely and responsibly."

"NBN Fixed Wireless equipment is designed to fall well within the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) limits as recommended by the World Health Organisation," the spokesperson said.

Blood tests represent a dramatic escalation in the avenues of opposition at the disposal of residents groups, who have typically used grassroots political action and pressure on councils to stop or shift the location of tower projects.

Despite appearances, Bloom said his group was not against the rollout of fast internet.

"We're pro fast internet but we don't believe fixed wireless is a good technology," he said.

Bloom noted that when the fixed wireless contracts were awarded in 2011, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) was not a rollout option as per the previous Labor Government's majority fibre-to-the-premise approach.

However, Clothiers Creek has existing copper connections, and Bloom said he wanted to test their feasibility to carry internet services that could be much faster than fixed wireless.
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Source: IT News, Ry Crozier, 17 Feb 2015

RF EMFs produce clear co-carcinogenic properties
United Kingdom Created: 7 Mar 2015
On the same day that the EC's SCENIHR released their long-awaited report that concluded that we should not worry about any adverse health effects of EMF/RF fields, a new well conducted replication study shows that long-term 3G/UMTS microwave exposure can act as a co-carcinogen and statistically significantly increase cancer growth at very low exposure levels, 50-fold below currently permitted levels.

Everyone using a 3G mobile phone or iPad or other tablet will be exposed at higher levels than this (0.04 W/kg). This study flags a big and important "wake up alarm call".

*SNIP* read the entire article via the source link below...
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Source: Powerwatch, 07 Mar 2015

Local parents concerned about WiFi radiation
USA Created: 7 Mar 2015
An issue of growing concern around the world has hit suburban DC: WiFi radiation and its potential impact on children exposed to it every day, through school wireless routers.

Comment by MV Editor: follow the source link below to watch the video news report.

Consider this: In Los Angeles, the Unified School District dramatically limited student exposure to WiFi radiation to 10,000 times below our government standard.

France recently banned WiFi in nursery schools. Schools in Germany, Austria, Israel and Australia have pulled the plug on WiFi altogether.

"As a parent, I think that it's my job to ask questions. So, I asked a lot of questions and I didn't get any answers," said Thea Scarato.

"While I'm concerned about the wifi radiation, I'm a little more concerned that the County's not concerned," said Lisa Cline.

Fifteen parents with children at seven different Montgomery County Public Schools all share the same concerns. They're worried about the potential health risks of the WiFi installed in their children's schools last summer and the radiation that comes with it.

"I just don't see the benefit that they get by being irradiated for 30 hours a week at school," said Laura Simon.

Using Maryland's Public Information Act, some of the parents obtained records detailing the number of wireless routers installed in the ceilings. For example, they indicate Bells Mill Elementary in Potomac has 30. Nearby Churchill High School has close to 100.

"We know that microwave radiation, which is what wireless is, at certain doses can cause damage. There's no debate about it. The question is, is the level of microwave radiation that kids are being exposed to in school a problem? And the answer is we don't know," said Dr. Devra Davis of the Environmental Health Trust (http://ehtrust.org).

Radiation tests conducted by MCPS at two local schools indicate levels that meet FCC guidelines. But parents and scientists argue those guidelines were issued 19 years ago, were never specific to the impact on children and are therefore, irrelevant.

"The routers you're finding in schools, they're not your Mom and Pop little routers we have in our homes, which are very low powered. These can cost thousands of dollars and they can emit much more powerful signals," explained Dr. Davis,

That's disconcerting and unacceptable to many parents.

"Our pediatrician in Rockville has said not a good idea for kids to be around this stuff," said Cline.

"We do not believe there is any present cause for concern," said MCPS Chief Technology Officer Sherwin Collette. He insisted the WiFi technology is safe, and the school system is committed to keeping it that way.

"We'll even go so far as to bring in independent third party entities to help verify and validate what those emission levels are," said Collette.

"It doesn't have to be proven. Because it might take years for it to be proven. Why would we wait years because you can't go back in time with your kids?" said Scarato.

Many parents would like the school system to opt for hardwired computers instead of wireless technology. They say it's faster and safer, and without any health concerns. But the school system said to keep learning innovative, you need to be mobile, which is why they'll stick with WiFi.
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Source: WUSA9, Andrea A McCarren, 07 Mar 2015

Smartphones are addictive and should carry health warning, say academics
United Kingdom Created: 7 Mar 2015
Smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning, researchers have said.

A study by the University of Derby and published in the International Journal of Cyber Behaviour, Psychology and Learning found that 13% of participants in the study were addicted, with the average user spending 3.6 hours per day on their device.

The majority of participants said their smartphone use caused distraction from many aspects of their lives, including employment, hobbies and studies.

Co-author Dr Zaheer Hussain, from the University of Derby’s psychology department, said he was not suggesting the harmful effects were on a par with cigarettes or alcohol but that nevertheless the devices should carry a health warning.

“People need to know the potential addictive properties of new technologies,” he said. “It [the warning] could be before they purchase them or before they download an app. If you’re downloading a game such as Candy Crush or Flappy Bird there could be a warning saying that you could end up playing this for hours and you have other responsibilities [that could be neglected].”

The study examined the responses of a self-selected sample of 256 smartphone users who were asked about how they used their device as well as questions intended to establish their personality traits.

Social networking sites were the most popularly used apps (87%), followed by instant messaging apps (52%) and then news apps (51%).

Narcissism and neuroticism were linked to addiction and the authors suggest that smartphones can actually create the former in users. They point to the fact that 35% of people said they used their devices in areas or situations when they were banned (eg while driving), with many offering the justification that they knew better than the authorities who created the rules.

“Narcissism is a negative personality trait and if a person is spending a lot of time on Facebook or Twitter they’re more likely to display these types of traits,” said Hussain.

While 47% of people spoke positively of improved social relations, almost a quarter admitted their smartphones create communication issues in “real life”. These included less conversation and a breakdown in communication because of spending too much time on their device in the company of family and friends. Severe distraction from interpersonal relationships leading to a negative impact in familial communications was specified by 60 participants.

Hussain said that he is not anti-smartphones – he has one himself, which he uses mainly in the morning while having breakfast and in the evenings – but that addiction to them is negative.

The study says: “If adverse effects of smartphones are well advertised, users might realise that despite using the device for improving communications, it can easily lead to narcissistic actions which can potentially breakdown familial relationships.”

Hussain said he intends to carry out more research on the subject in future, with a more diverse sample of people.
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Source: Guardian, Haroon Siddique, 04 Mar 2015

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