Is a 5G Mobile Network Safe?

Does 5G present radiation dangers? We'll lay out the facts and take a deeper dive into this topic to see if you should be concerned.

5g radiation dangersjamesteohart/Shutterstock

Does 5G have radiation dangers?

With the increase of smart products there has been a demand for a better and faster mobile network, thus the creation of 5G.

Popular Videos

5G uses frequencies that are not crowded with current devices using 3G and 4G. However, some scientists and medical experts are concerned about the electromagnetic frequency that 5G runs at and its possible effects on humans ie 5G radiation dangers. Are their concerns accurate?

Radiation Concerns

The truth of the matter is that we are all being exposed to radiation right now. Through both space and soil, through microwaves and radio waves, and the thing is that these waves are both natural and human-made. And are both harmful and harmless in terms of radiation concerns. Some examples of harmless radiation include: WiFi, television, the food we eat, the ground we walk on and cellphones with 3G, 4G and now 5G.

And 5G is just getting started. All of the major cellphone providers are working to build out the 5G ecosystem, in the hopes of providing a faster network. But there are public concerns that this very high-frequency spectrum could pose adverse health effects for everyone exposed.

These kinds of concerns aren’t new, consumer anxiety about if radiation from technology can increase the risk of cancerous tumors has existed for some time. The New York Times has a great explanation of where the wifi radiation fears root from.

Do We Really Have to Worry?

The good news is that the scientific consensus says we have nothing to worry about.

The radiation that cellphones with 5G give off is at the low-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum, making them much safer than high-energy radiation like x-rays and gamma rays.

5G’s ultra fast waves are non-ionized radio waves, and these types of waves, no matter how big the leap in their speed gets, are not capable of causing cancer. The wave is simply too low on the electromagnetic spectrum to elicit changes in your body’s chemistry.

To further calm your concerns, the FDA has said that, at this time, it “continues to believe that the current safety limits for cellphone radio-frequency energy exposure remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

Now that you’re hopefully a bit more comfortable with 5G technology, here’s the history of smart home technology.