Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - Roy Morgan Research

With mobile phone penetration (87%) now higher than fixed line penetration (82%), concerns are increasing about health risks associated with mobile phones, according to the latest Roy Morgan Research Mobile Phone Monitor.

In the year ending March 2011, 37% of mobile phone users agreed with the statement “I am worried about health risks of mobile phones”, this is the third year in a row there has been an increase in this attitude and is up from 29% 5 years ago.

Percentage of mobile phone users who agree “I am worried about the health risks of mobile phones”

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Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia): Apr 2006 - Mar 2011. Sample: Total Own or Use a Mobile Phone. In the 12 Months to March 2011 n= 15,145.

Andrew Braun, Industry Director - Mobile, Internet and Technology, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“It is interesting to observe that more women are concerned than men about the health risks of mobile phones, with 40% of female mobile phone users agreeing with the statement “I am worried about the health risks of mobile phones, compared with only 33% of males.

“The Roy Morgan Research Mobile Phone Monitor also shows that those aged 35 to 49 years have the greatest concerns, with 42% of mobile phone users in this age group being concerned. Women in this age group are even more concerned with 46% of them agreeing with this statement.

“With this rising trend, and the World Health Organisation’s recent announcement that the electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are possibly carcinogenic to humans, it will be interesting to see how mobile phone manufactures react to this issue.”

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