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To worry a bit about wi-fi radiation

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jinglebelly Sun 20-Mar-11 20:23:52

I've just read an article in one of those free family listings magazines about wi-fi and mobile phones and how they give off dangerous levels of radiation, DH says I'm being ridiculous but I can't help being a bit worried... I work on my computer and often hold my baby while working.. AIBU to be worried?!

gerontius Sun 20-Mar-11 20:25:25

YABU. Because there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that wi-fi can do anything to you.

feeblephoebe Sun 20-Mar-11 20:25:44

just get your tinfoil hat on and you will be fine

jinglebelly Sun 20-Mar-11 20:26:31


smashingtime Sun 20-Mar-11 20:26:50

I worry about this too so YANBU but don't think you can do anything about it as there are so many signals around anyway. We can pick up at least 5 other Wi-fi signals from our computer. I did read some expert saying he wouldn't have one in his house though confused

MikeOxstiff Sun 20-Mar-11 20:30:48

Dont worry. The radiation that is coming from Japan will get us long before your wi fi
Some scientists think the all the Northern Hemisphere will be contaminated

PaisleyLeaf Sun 20-Mar-11 20:35:27

Who knows? I can't say you're being unreasonable.

I've read somewhere that it's best not to have your laptop on your actual lap - it's the receiver bit (?), you know like the aerial bit on the mobiles. that's the dodgiest. (Apparently mobiles where safer when we used to pull the aerial out away from the side of our heads, but now they're built into the phone.
Also, mobiles not recommended for young children because of their thinner skulls.
That's nothing scientifically proven. Just that they don't know. Yet.

I guess we'll all find out in time when these things have been used for longer.

WinterOfOurDiscountTents Sun 20-Mar-11 20:38:09

YABU, stop reading such tripe, problem solved.

and no actual scientists think that the radiation in Japan will contaminate the whole northern hemisphere hmm are you getting your news from the Daily Enquirer?

mumtoted Sun 20-Mar-11 20:40:39


MikeOxstiff Sun 20-Mar-11 20:42:57

The radiation that has been leeking for a week is being swept round the northern hemisphere in the jet stream
The west coaost of the USA is already being contaminated and it should be in the UK within a week
Do you remember Chernoble? A huge area of Europe was affected after only a few days and we didnt have the jet stream to spread the radiation further afield

WinterOfOurDiscountTents Sun 20-Mar-11 20:45:26

Er, no. None of that is true. Its not even spelt correctly. Seriously, go and read some true information.

MikeOxstiff Sun 20-Mar-11 20:50:05

WinterOfOurDiscountTent dont be an arse and pick on peoples spelling

We will see

annapolly Sun 20-Mar-11 20:54:47

I have been thinking for some time that considering the amount of time I spend with my laptop on my knees my legs might fall off.

If they do I will blame MN.

abfab1973 Sun 20-Mar-11 20:58:09

Seriously. Worry about your DH's job. Not WiFi.

WinterOfOurDiscountTents Sun 20-Mar-11 21:22:17

hmm If you're gonna assert we all doomed, excuse me if I don't take your sources seriously when you can neither spell them or back them up.

Hysterical angst about such a serious subject is just twatty.

Acekicker Sun 20-Mar-11 21:23:25

YABU - those kind of free family listings mags are at the mercy of whatever woo-practioners send the editors their garbage. Our local one has been full of some outrageously misleading articles, generally poorly sourced/referenced but with all the authority of an 'expert opinion' given to it. Normally if you look very closely you'll find an advert buried further on for something to support the crap they're pushing...

DirtyMartini Sun 20-Mar-11 21:26:25

MikeOxstiff: it's irresponsible to scaremonger, you know. And it does sound a bit like bullshit ...

backwardpossom Sun 20-Mar-11 21:27:45

lol @ leeking

Sorry, I just imagined radiation being swept around by giant leeks.

NewPathways Sun 20-Mar-11 21:29:46

so funny that this is beside the 'Health and safety gorn mad' thread grin

strandedpolarbear Sun 20-Mar-11 21:30:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 20-Mar-11 21:34:10

WinterOfOurDiscountTents Quite simply, you are wrong. My Dad (nuclear scientist who worked on the fallout from chernobyl, analysed radioactive samples, travelled all over the UK to take said samples) said that we will very likely see effects of any fallout from Japan over the UK. Not scaremongering as the effects are likely to be minimal, but just wanted to point out your wrongness


JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 20-Mar-11 21:39:53

Forgot to mention that my Dad is obsessive about weather, patterns of pressure, and has his own weather station and generally has little time to worry about anything else...


.... confused

TheFallenMadonna Sun 20-Mar-11 21:41:11

See effects? In what way? Be able to measure increased levels of radiation or be able to see effects of the increased levels?

SueWhite Sun 20-Mar-11 21:44:18

Scientists mostly guess. We'll be fine.

You're statistically much more likely to die in another horrendous way.

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 20-Mar-11 21:49:39

"See effects? In what way? Be able to measure increased levels of radiation or be able to see effects of the increased levels?"

The levels of radiation will likely increase. The levels will most likely not be more significant that living in Cornwall.

SueWhite - Scientists don't 'mostly guess', what bullshit hmm

Everybody gets terrified as soon as anybody mentioned radiation. Many people don't realise that a small amount of radiation is normal, and a slight increase in radiation can also be normal.

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