9th Graders’ Incredible Experiment

The general perception is that kids, especially girls, are glued to their mobile phones. I’ve heard it say that some would rather lose a finger than lose their phone. Almost every day the kids in our neighborhood walk past the house to and from the school bus stop, the girls almost always are walking blind with their eyes glued to their mobile phones.

This infatuation or addiction with mobile phones, or whatever you want to call it, has already been linked to the increase in teen depression, social disorders and suicide as reported:

“CNN recently interviewed Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen and her interview worried me – because I saw the truth that I would be facing in just a few short years.  Dr. Twenge started doing research 25 years ago on generational differences, but when 2011 -2012 hit, she saw something that would scare her to the core.  This is the year when those having iPhones went over the 50% mark.”

“The results of that should scare all of us.

  • This was the year that more kids started to say that they felt “sad, hopeless, useless… that they couldn’t do anything right (depression).”
  • They felt left-out and lonely.
  • There is a 50% increase in a clinical level depression between 2011-2015.
  • A substantial increase in suicide rate. Before I give you any more, I want you to look at these graphs and look at how the information correlates to the iPhones being released. They aren’t hanging out with friends nearly as much.”

There have also been a number of reports discussing the possible harmful effects of the type of radiation that mobile phones emit. Some say that it is harmful and could possibly cause damage to brain cells if held up to the ear or face too much, especially with those who keep their phones in bed with them. The evidence is scanty and many question the claims of harmful radiation, saying the levels are so low that they don’t pose a danger.

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That prompted a group of 9th grade girls in the Upper Jutland (continental Denmark) to set up their own remarkable experiment:

“Curious about the shared experience, the group of girls designed an experiment to investigate the impact of wi-fi radiation on living cells. Specifically, they chose to use cress seeds. Taking 400 seeds, they separated them out across 12 different trays. Six of the trays were placed in each of 2 rooms. Both rooms were kept at the same temperature, and both sets of trays were given the same amount of water and access to sunlight throughout the experiment.”

“The one difference between the two rooms, creating the basis for their experiment, is that the trays in one room were placed next to two Wi-Fi routers. The Wi-Fi routers broadcast the same type of radiation that can be observed coming from our cellphones, allowing the students to recreate the impact of sleeping with your phone on your bedside table, next to your head.”

“The results? After 12 days it was shocking to see the difference between the two sets of trays. While the cress seeds in the first room were growing well, appearing healthy and flourishing in their environment, the same could not be said in the second room. The seeds that were placed next to the router showed no real growth at all. Some of the seeds could even be observed showing signs of mutation or dying off entirely.”

Lea Nielsen, one of the students who conducted the experiment was surprised at the results and commented:

“It is truly frightening that there is so much affect, so we were very shocked by the result. None of us sleep with the mobile next to the bed anymore. Either the phone is put far away, or it is put in another room. And the computer is always off.”

Additionally, the girls are getting international attention from scientists who have acknowledged the importance of their experiment and results. Olle Johansson, a Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, commented about their experiment, saying:

“The girls stayed within the scope of their knowledge, skilfully implemented and developed a very elegant experiment. The wealth of detail and accuracy is exemplary, choosing cress was very intelligent and I could go on.”

“I sincerely hope that they spend their future professional life in researching because I definitely think they have a natural aptitude for it. Personally, I would love to see these people in my team!”

Too often, we adults don’t take our younger people seriously, listen to them or give them the respect that they are often due. These 9th grade girls not only learned an important lesson that is changing their lives, but they have provided evidence to support the claims about the dangers of mobile phone and Wi-Fi router radiation. Reminds me of the old saying about ‘out of the mouth of babes…’

 

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