SUBJECTIVE SYMPTOMS IN YOUNG PEOPLE DURING PROLONGED CELL PHONE USE
Wide implementation of wireless communication services over the world during the last decades raised concerns on the risks of excessive radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposure for human health. Our present study aims further analysis of specificity of cell phones’ use by Ukrainian student youth and assessment of subjective symptoms in this category of cell phone users. The survey was carried out in 2010 and 2012 among volunteer students of Kyiv region, Ukraine. The questionnaire consisted of questions on age, gender, period of cell phone use over the life, time of cell phone talks per day, physical discomfort during cell phone use, head or ear pains during cell phone talks. Student youth in Ukraine use cell phones intensively. The feelings of physical discomfort and headache/earache during cell phone talks were experienced by 20-63.6 % of students surveyed. Young people who used cell phones over 10 years experienced headaches/earaches during cell phone talks three times more often than those who used cell phones no more than 1 year during the life. Females used cell phones significantly more intensively than males and showed a significantly higher percentage of those having headaches during cell phone talks.
Key words: cell phone, electromagnetic radiation, physical discomfort, headache, earache
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