As smartphones get increasingly popular, all sorts of information about their use and effect are passed around. Most of this information is completely false, lacking any scientific or technological evidence. Beware of the facts to avoid being fed all sorts of lies. The most common myths about smartphones that have actually been widely believed are:
Drain your battery before recharging
Completely draining your phone’s charge can cause internal damage. Always have some charge in your phone at all times since smartphones use lithium-ion batteries that last longer if kept charged.
Overnight charging could damage your phone
This was true of older batteries which could be destroyed by overcharging. Modern phones monitor charging and power is cut off once charging is complete.
Use only the original battery
This is obviously a marketing strategy by the phone manufacturers to get more profit! As long you buy a charger from a reputable company as a replacement, you are good to go.
Closing background apps boosts performance
Performance and battery use is not affected by the number of apps running in the background. This is true about both Apple and Android devices.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drain battery
This was true of older models but modern devices are not affected by these transmitters if not in active use. You can put them on or off at your own will without much effect.
Automatic brightness saves battery power
The process of a phone adjusting its brightness actually consumes unnecessary power. Dim and brighten your screen manually whenever necessary.
People want smaller phones
The first models of mobile phones were very large and bulky. People wanted smaller and lighter phones but with the appearance of smartphones, the bigger it, the better!
The more the megapixels, the better the camera
The quality of photos taken doesn’t just depend on megapixels. Factors such as quality of the sensor and the image processing software play a major role.
Smartphones Give People Cancer
Scientists, backed by WHO, have never really confirmed that there’s an association between the use of mobile phones and increased risk of cancer.
Smartphones Make Us Dumber
Studies have actually suggested the exact opposite- smartphones make us smarter. They help people stay in intellectually demanding jobs for longer.
Smartphones Make Us Antisocial
On the contrary, they enable us to speak even more to friends and family than ever before and even meet new people.
Switching your phone to airplane mode keeps you from getting tracked.
Enabling airplane mode only disables Wi-Fi and network service but the phone can still be tracked via satellite.
Android phones are vulnerable
Android phones unlike Apple devices are allowed to download from anywhere but this does not mean that they are vulnerable. Their operating system is actually very secure.
Next time you hear someone make a claim about smartphones, be curious and verify whether it is true. Do not just believe everything you hear. It may be information that is a downright strategy to market certain products or a claim stemming from utter ignorance!