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Tech Talk Tuesday: Is WIFI killing you?

Updated: Saturday, January 18 2014, 07:11 PM MST
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By Lonnie Valencia

I love wifi! There I said it!  The fact that I can cruise the internet, update my devices, and download anything I want without a cable makes me smile like the Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland.”  If I could hug the invisible bands of streaming data, I would.  Now some teenagers in Denmark are saying wifi is killing us all.  You know what I have to say to that?  What do teenagers really know anyway?   They’re all hopped up on soda and pop rocks!  Yeah, that’ll show ’em! Trying to make me hate wifi! Dang it! Now, I want pop rocks!

Here’s the low down.  One night five girls from the Hjallerup School in Denmark slept with their phones next to their beds.  They all said they noticed a decreased lack of concentration the next day.  So they (like most teenagers do) decided to do an experiment to see what was the cause of their lack of concentration.  Since these nerdy teenagers didn’t have the proper equipment to monitor their environment while they slept, they used plants as their testing subjects.  Some plants they put in a room with wifi and some they put in another room without wifi.  They left them there for 12 days.  The plants in the room with wifi turned brown and died and the plants in the non-wifi room lived on.  This outcome leads us to believe that wifi signals were to blame for the death of the plants.  

Stop!  Before you go and throw out your wireless router thinking it’s trying to kill you and all your loved ones, lets break this down.  First of all, you are not a plant.  You don’t do photosynthesis.  Also, this was a high school experiment and the conditions in the wifi room could have been different than the other room.  I’m just spit balling here, but the room could have had poor circulation or no windows for sunlight.  Who knows?  

Are there merits to the experiment these teenagers did?  Yes.  Remember, this all started because the high schoolers noticed that they didn’t sleep well when electronics where around.  To me, that’s the key.  Let’s start by limiting our use of wifi before you go crazy and remove it altogether.  Start by making your bedrooms gadget free or limit to just an alarm clock.  If you're like me your phone is your alarm clock, so maybe putting it right next to your head at night is a bad idea.  Move it to your dresser or somewhere in walking distance.  Sure, when your alarm goes off in the morning it is a pain but that’s a small price to pay for quality sleep.  Secondly,  update all your devices before going to bed.  It may seem like a hassle at first but do it and turn off your router at night.  This way there is no wifi being transmitted needlessly all night long.  Secondly, it saves just a little bit of electricity each night that can add up to big saving in the long run.  Try this out for a week and see if you sleep better.  If you do, then you'll know that your wifi was the root of your sleep deprivation. That pun was intended.

So, I guess we got schooled by a bunch of girls in high school.  No matter.  We are better because of it.  Let me know what you think about wifi.  Is it the fruit of all evil or the best thing ever? As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.

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