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Why No One Should Dim a Phone Screen

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Even though cell phones have dramatically changed since the 90s, loads of myths surrounding them are still the same! The more megapixels the phone's camera has, the better images you get; the dimmer the screen is, the better it's for your eyes; overnight charging harms the battery, smartphones can float! Nah, I made that one up Smartphone myths are numerous and persistent

So let’s pop some of these dubious bubbles, shall we? 1 Cell phones can start a fire at a gas station No one will argue that petroleum gas is highly flammable and can be started by a spark This spark can come from a lighter, matches, or static electricity – but not your smartphone The only way the device can start a fire is if it has a defective battery (which is pretty much unlikely)

There's no evidence of something like that ever happening Why cell phones are banned at gas stations is probably because they can and do distract drivers from the task at hand And being careless and inattentive while fueling your car can lead to serious accidents 2 Charging a smartphone overnight damages the device

There is a valid reason why your cell phone is called "smart" Thanks to the built-in protection, it knows when it's supposed to stop charging And if a decade ago overcharging could indeed damage the battery, you don't need to worry about such an outcome these days 3 If you've dropped your smartphone in water, put it in rice

Many people believe that the moisture-loving grains will absorb water out of all the nooks and crannies of their soaked phone But here's the problem: rice doesn't soak up just any liquid that happens to be nearby To absorb water, rice grains have to be in direct contact with it Even worse, when rice starch gets mixed with liquid, it produces a paste that can gum up your smartphone's delicate electronics Experiments showed that after 48 hours, rice still managed to absorb only 13% of the moisture out of the phones

By the time the devices got completely dry, corrosion had already damaged their fragile electronic insides So about the best you can get here is Smartphone Sushi, but I can’t imagine it tasting very good! 4 Your phone can cook an egg This myth became popular after a viral Internet article – lots of people believed that radio waves a cell phone emits were so powerful that you could boil an egg by placing it between two devices Well, bad news for the lovers of unconventional cooking methods

The amount of radiation a cell phone emits is so small that you would need 7,000 smartphones to boil an egg – and even this number is very approximate since nobody has checked it yet 5 A smartphone can demagnetize your credit cards "Never keep your phone together with your credit card!" – you've probably heard this recommendation, and not once Your gadget does have a magnetic field, but it's so weak that it won't affect your bank cards in any way

A fridge magnet, on the other hand, might cause your credit card to stop working! 6 Magnets can delete data from your smartphone If it's the most powerful magnet on Earth, probably Also, if you keep your info on floppy disks and tapes A modern-day smartphone? Impossible

Magnets can do no permanent damage to your phone There are even several tiny magnets inside your smartphone used for specific functions Modern phones have solid-state drives that don't need magnetism for storing data What a magnet CAN do is interfere with your phone's compass You may say, "Ok, I don't need it anyway!" But then your navigation apps, like GPS and all kinds of maps, won't be able to determine your position, and game applications won't understand your phone's orientation

7 Let your phone's battery drain completely before recharging One of the worst things you can do to your phone's battery is to keep draining it Every lithium-ion battery has a certain number of charge cycles (which is running the battery from 100 to 0%) Modern phone batteries have about 400 to 500 cycles

And if you let your battery drain every day, your phone won't last longer than a year and a half Some experts recommend draining your phone's battery completely only if your device quits working at 20% charge Then emptying the battery might help you recalibrate its level sensor 8 The more megapixels your camera has, the better photos you'll get

Most people are sure that the number of megapixels is the best indicator of how good your pictures are gonna be What they don't know is that not the number of megapixels but their quality plays the main role here A 12-megapixel camera can be way better than a 16-megapixel one High-quality pixels are also larger, and fewer of them have to be crammed into a single picture 9

4G uses more data than 3G Since the 4G connection is faster, most people believe that it uses more data But whatever connection you use, 5 MB of data is still 5 MB of data With 4G, you'll just need less time to download it The only reason why 4G eats your Internet package too soon is that your downloads are faster, and you use more data in a shorter period of time

10 The dimmer the screen is, the better After all, it saves your battery, and that's a good thing, right? Well, your optician will disagree If your smartphone's screen is too dim, you'll have to strain your eyes And even though it's unlikely to lead to any permanent damage, you'll get headaches and tired eyes

If your screen brightness is higher than 50%, though, you should keep it down a bit An over-bright screen can cause lots of short-term eye issues, from irritation to dry eyes and strain 11 Better specifications mean better performance While buying a brand-new phone, you expect to enjoy fast speed, long battery life, and other perks

But in reality, even if a phone has great specs on paper, its performance may be not so satisfying, depending on its application compatibility, build quality, and other factors 12 Smartphones emit harmful radiation Modern cell phones give off electromagnetic waves The same waves make your radio work

The EM radiation frequency your smartphone emits is completely safe for you This fact has been proven by thousands of published articles, placing the topic of phone radiation among the most researched 13 If you make a call while your phone is charging, it may catch fire There have been several cases when devices started burning, but it happened because of low-quality batteries, suspicious second-hand chargers, and dubious charging methods (for example, trying to charge a phone from too-high-voltage lines)

If you have original batteries and chargers (in the way they should be used), you can use a charging phone in any way you want, including making calls It'll just take longer for the phone to charge, that's all 14 The larger your phone's battery capacity is, the longer it will serve The battery life mostly depends on how much power your device consumes

That's why if you have two smartphones with the same battery capacity, the one with more efficient electronics and screen will last longer on a single charge How you use your phone also influences battery life Playing games, taking photos, using social media drains your battery a mile a minute 15 Close background apps to boost your phone's performance

At first sight, it sounds very logical – the more apps your phone's running, the more battery it's burning But in reality, both Android and iOS can multitask, and background apps aren't running, they're just ready for a fast re-launch and don't consume a lot of energy By closing background applications, you waste more battery because your phone has to spend more resources on opening an app than on re-launching it 16 Using incognito mode will protect your privacy

Privacy issues are on the rise these days It makes more and more people use the private or incognito mode while browsing the Internet to keep their personal information safe It's believed to be a secure way to protect your data The private mode does prevent your browser from storing your cookies, passwords, and other information But it doesn't equal an encrypted connection, and other people, for example, Internet service providers, can see your browsing history

Plus, no incognito mode will protect your device from malware For that, you need an antivirus Finally, if you like my Smartphone Sushi idea, tell me all about your recipes in the comments! Hey, if you learned something new today, then give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you'll enjoy Just click to the left or right, and stay on the Bright Side of life!

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