Many computer users needlessly scare themselves about unwarranted fears that their monitors and computer hardware are slowly killing them. The truth, however, is that you will not contract cancer by being exposed to the radiation given off your computer monitor. Neither will you become infertile or suffer from any other debilitating or terminal disease.
Radiation is almost always associated with a negative connotation, but this thinking is based on low awareness. We are exposed to radiation everyday. By definition, radiation is any energy that travels from a source. Light, as well as heat and sound, are types of radiation. In fact, we get a generous serving of ultraviolet radiation every morning from the sun.
Our computer monitors and other electronic devices with screens, such as televisions and mobile phones, give off a certain type of radiation known as electromagnetic radiation (EMR). If you care to know, the fluorescent light bulb emits more EMR than our computer screens.
The idea that radiation from computer monitors can cause cancer dates back to the early 1990s when leading publications and journals disseminated poorly-researched studies that claimed this was the case. As you may well expect, a certain type of panic ensued among the masses. The public began to question not only the safety of computer hardware, but all the effects of other EMR-emitting devices.
To control the situation, carefully conducted research studies were conducted and the false claims were finally discredited. By that time, however, the computer myth that monitors cause cancer was firmly inculcated into many people’s minds.
It is high time we bust this myth! EMR from your CRT or LCD monitor will not adversely affect our health. These computer hardware are harmless and should not be viewed in fear.
Sitting all day in front of your computer is not good for you for reasons other than cancer-causing radiation. Without exercise, you are predisposing yourself to health problems. In this way, your computer can be the death of you. But you will most certainly not die of EMR.