What do you connect to your iPhones? AirPods, right? What causes cancer? Seemingly everything. Including AirPods. Well, that’s what I read on the interwebs last month; in early 2015 250 scientists were concerned that AirPods might call cancer.
It all boiled down to scientific noise from International EMG Scientist Appeal that worried about the effects of cellular devices, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, cordless phones, and seemingly, electricity in general, and somehow or another that got translated into “AirPods cause cancer.”
Click Bait Much
Yes, the world as we know it is full of so-called click bait– headlines that lie in an attempt to get people to click– and that often makes up a growing percentage of what is also called Fake News.
Remember, AirPods did not even make it to Apple Stores until after the report was made public and presented to the U.N.’s WHO organization, but with click bait and fake news, facts don’t matter. Sensation does.
Anything you stick into your ear that can cause cancer will cause cancer. Or, so the story goes.
One problem that most of us can identify about the interwebs is just how quickly information can grow and cross borders and spread far ahead of facts. From The Daily Mail:
Are AirPods dangerous? 250 scientists sign petition warning against cancer from wireless tech including the trendy in-ear headphones
Scary, no? Factual? No.
The problem here is the lack of facts; data that can be used to reach a conclusion. If you live in a neighborhood of 100 people where everyone wears AirPods all the time, and half of them now have brain cancer, then it’s time to get worried because the conclusion about brain cancer causing AirPods now has some data support.
Am I concerned about all those wireless devices in the Mincey Plantation home?
Overly concerned? No.
We humans in the latter half of the 20th century and the first part of the 21st century have been bombarded by wireless energy– TV stations, radio stations, microwaves, electronics, and electrical devices– and there do not seem to be any statistics that point out the dangers to the general populace.
Wi-Fi is much stronger than the Bluetooth used in AirPods, which come with a battery, antenna, microphone, a W1 or H1 chip, optical sensors, and accelerometers. Yet, that hasn’t stopped the legions of doomsayers from pointing out that one can get cancer from electricity. Somehow.
This does bring up an interesting scenario.
Apple is a hardware company so it’s likely the company has invested enormous sums to test such devices and done research on various cancer-causing hypotheses on electronics. What if Apple found that iPhone, Watch, and AirPods did cause cancer?
I suspect that is a plot you won’t find on Amazon Prime TV, Netflix, or Apple TV+ any time soon.