2-3 years ago, 5G started making headlines, and people were concerned about its health effects, as some scientists suggested that many health issues were upon us. There has been speculation that these developing technologies were going to be the end of the world, obviously from the number of sci-fi movies we have seen, but what is 5G to begin with?
What is 5G?
Following the 2G, 3G, and 4G, the 5G is the fifth generation of cellular technology. It is designed to increase speed, reduce latency, and improve flexibility in wireless services. The 5G network will also simplify mobility, with seamless open roaming capabilities between cellular and Wi-Fi access. Mobile users can stay connected as they move between outdoor wireless connections without user intervention or the need for users to reauthenticate.(What Is 5g Cisco – Search, n.d.)
Today’s 4G technology can provide 1 Gigabytes per Second, and the speed of 5G will be 20 Gigabytes per Second. Thanks to its speed, we will be seeing faster and more efficient operations. We will also be able to drive automobiles remotely or perform remote surgeries; but should these excite us, or should they make us a bit scared of the health concerns of this technology to society?
Despite being linked to cancer, tissue heating, and other health issues, the World Health Organization states that there is no conclusive evidence that 5G has a detrimental impact on the health of people or society as a whole. (Knott, 2021)
Health Effect of 5G on The Society.
I personally do think that 5G isn’t something we should be worried about. In the past, 4G frightened individuals who had become accustomed to 3G, 3G worried those who had grown accustomed to 2G, and 2G worried people who had grown accustomed to 1G. There were lawsuits when people were claiming (incorrectly, as it turned out) that 2G signals caused clusters of cancer near phone base stations.
People will be accustomed to 5G by the time 6G is introduced and will be concerned about it. People have historically worried about new technologies that they don’t fully understand.