WaPo, Wired, and Gawker Slam NY Times for Pseudoscience on Smartwatches Causing Cancer

March 19, 2015 10:06 PM

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Yesterday, the New York Times published an article about the health concerns surrounding smartwatches, with the rather alarming headline: “Could wearable computers be as harmful as cigarettes?” Though the editors soon changed the headline to something less hyperbolic, the article itself — which entertained the idea that the radiation emitted from smartphones and smartwatches could cause cancer — drew the ire of science journalists across the country for citing debunked studies, and basing most of the article on the work of a doctor generally regarded as a quack.

We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems if held too close to the body for extended periods.

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