Any new technology can have dangers and side effects that aren't obvious right away. When the U.S. tested the atomic bombs, for example, there wasn't a good understanding of radiation. You had unprotected people watching the tests from far too close. Plus, radioactive glow-in-the-dark watches, pills and other products were also in high demand in the late '40s and '50s.
Over the decades, we've gotten a lot better about checking new technology for side effects, but we can still run into something completely unexpected. For example, texting on smartphones is fast and convenient, but it's causing an epidemic of distracted driving that's killing people. No one really saw that coming.
That brings me to something called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, stress, insomnia, rashes and other skin problems, muscle pain and more.
People who claim to have it, and the numbers are growing, are pointing the finger at one big culprit: Wi-Fi. The Lawson family in Los Angeles, California, for example, started having health problems after their power company installed a Wi-Fi enabled smart meter in their home back in 2012.
The family, which doesn't have any other wireless gadgets in the house, eventually got rid of it and started feeling better. However, the mother, Anura Lawson, started having symptoms again in 2014 when the school she was at installed a Wi-Fi network. She complained and the district turned off the Wi-Fi for her classroom.
So, is this an unforeseen side effect of Wi-Fi or something else?