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WiFi is the New Cigarette

WIFI IS THE NEW CIGARETTE L 61% By 2012, of American homes had access to WiFi Studies are showing that Internet access is addictive and WiFi may be causing harm to our health. How is connectivity affecting the way we live? ADDICTED TO WIFI According to a survey by Broadcom: З0% 60% 39% 43% of people claim they can't go without WiFi access for more than say they would give up coffee for WiFi access say they would go without chocolate for of people can't go without WiFi access for more an hour than a day WiFi Wakefield Research survey: 75% 44% of Americans said that a of Americans say it week without WiFi would would be difficult leave them grumpier than to stay in touch with family members without WiFi a week without coffee WiFi is increasingly becoming available on airlines in the US More than 1,200 planes are expected to offer in-flight wifi connections by the end of 2013 Internet Addiction can include: Net Compulsions: compulsive online gaming, gambling, stock trading, or online shopping that often cause financial or career problems Cyber-Relationship Addiction: addiction to social networking, texting, and instant messaging that makes virtual friends more important than real-life relationships Information Overload: compulsive web surfing that decreases work productivity and social interaction HEALTH HAZARDS Some people are sensitive to these signals WiFi systems emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) 3-8% · 35% of populations in developed experience mild symptoms countries experience of electrohypersensitivity serious symptoms of electrohypersensitivity You don't have to use WiFi to be affected by it EMF exposure has been linked to: For those who have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, walking into a • Cancer coffee shop with WiFi can trigger headache, fatigue, nausea, burning, itching skin and muscle aches • Concentration problems Now, WiFi is standard in: Cafes, hotels, convention centers universities, office buildings, restaurants, libraries, government buildings, churches, and newer city buses ADD • Migraines o Insomnia • Arrhythmia • Back pain • Parkinson's disease There is no conclusive evidence that EMF has major harmful effects. World Health Organization: "The link isn't strong enough to be considered causal but is sufficiently strong to remain a concern." KICKING THE HABIT Signs you may be addicted: Tips to limit your Internet use: Think about what you're missing out on while you're on the Internet Set goals for your Internet use: • Limit your time • Take frequent breaks • Work on other activities • Alter your routine If you usually spend evening surfing the web, try limiting your Internet use to mornings • Losing track of time • Hang out with people who aren't addicted to the Internet • Irritability when interrupted • Feelings of guilt about the amount of time you spend on the 'net • Start getting your media from other resources Buy a newspaper, read a magazine, visit a bookstore or music store • Isolation from family and friends • Treat the Internet as a tool • Dry eyes, aches, weight gain and/or sleep disturbances |Iconic Displays Sources DISPLAYS THAT WIN DEVELOPED BY N NOWSOURCING

WiFi is the New Cigarette

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Are we addicted to our internet connection? This infographic takes a look at how wifi affects our mind and body.


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