Surrounded by EMFs

emfroyal5The reality for most of us today is that we are surrounded by electronics, batteries, wiring, and wireless environments almost anywhere we go. Some are now engineering ways to charge all of our computing devices wirelessly, as well. Can you imagine just walking into a charging environment and your mobile device or laptop begins to charge?  We are already living in these electric environments, so understanding we’re surrounded by ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMFs) needs to be part of our technology thinking.

It’s possible that the only EMFs you know are the ones you hear would-be TV ghost hunters talking about. Supposedly spikes in EMF readings on simple EMF measuring equipment are a way to know a ghost is near, but EMFs are not exclusive to wandering ghostly prowlers and ghost-hunting TV. Unless you live a pioneer lifestyle, you are most likely surrounded by EMFs—almost constantly and everywhere. If you’re in a house, apartment, or room and it’s wired—you are surrounded by EMFs, or what some refer to as invisible ElectroMagnetic Smog. And if you think wireless devices aren’t producing it, you’re mistaken. We are living, working, and going to school in these invisible fields daily.

EMFs can be measured, which is a good thing; EMFs can be detected. Some people can be sensitive to them, too. Those who are sensitive have reported such symptoms as headaches, anxiety, and even a sense of fear. Certainly, those EMF levels are high. With all the electronics we surround ourselves with today, it makes sense to know what EMFs are, and to have an idea of the amounts given off by the computers, phones, TVs, and all that wiring. While each device or wiring mix, even in the walls, can have an individual EMF reading, one needs to consider the total number of devices and wiring in a room—and even the wireless devices can’t be overlooked. Being able to monitor and limit EMFs is a good thing.

Educators have been concerned with EMFs for some time. There was even concern in classrooms designated as shop, or industrial arts rooms, where many tools needed to plug into numerous electrical outlets—long before digital devices or computers. And later, rooms designed as computer rooms in schools needed EMF monitoring. Today, the abundance of technology in almost all classrooms has manufacturers very diligent about knowing the EMFs emitted by their education technology hardware. And again, consumers should understand EMFs are part of most home, work, and school environments today. There’s a great deal of information on the Web about EMFs, from many points of view. It’s better to read more than a few to understand the bigger picture as it relates to the reality of living with technology today.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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