Most of us use our smartphones every day. Regardless of what make or model you have, it’s normal to grab your phone to text your friend, snap that photo, or look up the name of that guy in that movie you saw when you were 12.
No matter how often we use them, there are still several common misconceptions about smartphones that people believe. Here are some of our favorite myths, from the seemingly logical to the positively absurd.
Charging Overnight Damages Your Phone
There is some truth that batteries may become weaker if you overcharge them. However, your smartphone typically knows how to stop that from happening when you leave it overnight. While it may take a few minor hits from dropping to 99 percent only to charge back up to 100 percent, you shouldn’t notice any significant damage to your phone’s battery life by charging it overnight.
Phone Radiation Can Cook an Egg
One of the most absurd misconceptions about your smartphone is the once-held belief that it emits enough radiation to fry an egg. While it is true that your phone and most electronics emit a harmless form of radiation called non-ionizing EMFs, there’s no way for them to cook an egg or scramble your brain. However, if you are genuinely concerned about these waves, you can use a signal booster to decrease radiation in your home.
Phones Are Dangerous at Gas Stations
Almost every gas station has signs warning people not to use their phones when at the pump. This isn’t bad advice since your phone may cause a distraction, but the myth is that, somehow, the electronics in your phone will cause an explosion. There hasn’t been a single recorded instance of this happening, and most gas station fires or explosions result from static electricity generated by you getting out of the car. Just remember to discharge your electricity before touching the pump, and don’t worry about using the next few minutes to text your mom.