Success can be an interesting conundrum. The more that’s achieved, the more work that’s required to “fuel the fire”. If you’ve ever made a bonfire, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
With my recent regression in Alexa ranking and Daniel’s iPhone purchase, I’ve been considering the advantages of a smartphone myself, specifically for blogging purposes. If I want to keep this momentum going, I need to find a way to be connected and have access anytime, anywhere.
Many bloggers utilize smartphones to manage their sites remotely, from approving comments to retweeting articles. With the seemingly endless list of functions Blackberry and iPhone’s have, could there possibly be any downside?
Only if they were marketed as the iTumor or ChemoBerry.
The research on cell phone radiation has been developing a stronger relationship between cell usage and health affects like brain tumors. Yikes…
Scrolling through the updated 2010 listing, guess what phones top the radiation rating:
- Blackberry Bold – 1.55 W/kg
- Motorola Droid – 1.50 W/kg
- HTC Nexus One – 1.39 W/kg
- Apple iPhone 3G – 1.19 W/kg
I’ll give Apple credit for being at the bottom of that bracket, but nonetheless the findings are somewhat alarming. The phones we’ve come to depend on, particularly for “business” purposes, could have very adverse health affects that we don’t understand yet.
Given the profitable business of telecommunications, it may take many years to fully acknowledge or even reverse the issues similar to what was experienced with Big Tobacco, and currently the Automotive industry.
Earlier I wrote an article deriving Financial Lessons From Engineering. Purposely omitted was the actual list of greatest engineering achievements identified. Why? Because it included technologies like petrochemical and nuclear. Heralded at the time (and still should be) as incredible advancements propelling society to new heights, the technologies’ benefits are now being seriously questioned.
Engineering, along with finances, are not exacting sciences. You take the information readily available at the time along with whatever historical data and make the best possible decision.
No technology, nor financial investment, is infallible.
There will always be unintended consequences.
Remember index funds were an evolution of the mutual fund to combat high fees, and only developed within the last century (1970s) while ETFs were born from the indexes even more recently (1990s) and originally intended for institutional traders.
Therein lies the important connection to personal finance. There will always be unintended consequences of any investment vehicle developed, by private interests, government, or other. The most important aspect is the ability to accept the tides of change, reflect/learn from each experience, then adapt/evolve so you can move forward.
So, to close with a little anecdote. The next time someone’s blabbing away on their smartphone while you’re enjoying a cold one at the local watering hole and just tell them,
“Hey buddy – you mind taking that second-hand radiation outside?”