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Smartphone Urban Legends – Myths Versus Truths

Brian Wallace

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Smartphone Urban Legends - Myths Versus Truths

How many times have you noticed a sign saying “Do Not Use Phone,” while pumping your gas… as you’re using your smartphone. Then thinking, “whew, that was a close one.” Has anyone ever told you, “your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat,” and you look at them in complete disbelief? Well- they’re totally right. There are several instances of this nature, several of which you have probably done. Let’s discuss.

The warning to never charge your phone overnight to prevent battery damage is mostly false. It’s the 21st Century – most of today’s smartphones often contain protective chips to prevent overcharging. This means, once the battery hits 100%, it automatically stops charging. But every time the battery hits 99%, a little trickle of power will bump it back up, which can increase your phone’s temperature and cause damage. If you’re interested, WiFi smart plugs are safe for overnight charging. This entails of you simply programming the plug to cut power a few hours after you go to bed, once your phone is fully charged.

Additionally, the stigma around knock-off cables I mostly warranted. Cheap, knock-off charging cables you find in the dollar store and gas stations might cause problems (if the cord and connectors don’t match your phone’s spec). Let’s get specific. For iPhone: look for cables labelled “Made for iPhone.” For USB-C: look for cables labelled “Certified USB Charger.”

The common statement is thrown around that, “everyone has a smartphone” is essentially true. Nearly all Americans adults own a cellphone. 8 in 10 have a smartphone.

Some have tried to cook an egg with their smartphone, but any instance you’ve heard of this is madly untrue. Phones do emit small amounts of radiation, but you would need 7,000 phones to create radiation to warm an egg. This myth began in 2000. In 2000, Wymsey Village Web published a satirical article describing how to cook an egg using 2 phones – since then, the hoax has been repeated across the web.

Those with newer smartphones and are faithful to their screen protector to prevent scratches should be informed today’s smartphones have advanced, scratch-resistant glasses – so this is generally unnecessary. Screen protectors are much less durable than the glass they’re meant to protect. Saying this, you might still want a screen protector if you enjoy hiking or rock climbing, you’re headed to the beach, or you frequently drop your phone.

The latest mobile technology signals provide 5G-capable smartphones; however, only 1 in 3 Americans own a 5-G capable smartphone. 62% say they’ve noticed better service in comparison to 3- and 4-G; but, most of the country doesn’t have 5G coverage yet.

Common misconceptions such as this need clarification. Most of what we hear about acting as a smartphone hack is conceptually impossible. However, there are few that are true, or at least mostly true. For example, freezing your phone to reverse overheating in the peak of the summer is pointless as this can actually cause more damage to your vulnerable device. 

A comprehensive list of instances such as the aforementioned smartphone myths can be found below.

Smartphone Urban Legends - Myths Versus Truths

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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