Subjective pollution due to mobile phone antennas and power lines
There are people who are convinced that electromagnetic fields from mobile phone antennas and power lines can cause sleep disturbances, headaches or cardiovascular symptoms or have already experienced such effects. However, there are still no definitive findings that indicate whether these symptoms are in fact attributable to electromagnetic fields.
Some people are troubled merely by the presence of mobile phone antennas or power lines in the vicinity of their home, even though they do not feel any negative effects on their health, and this, too, may be perceived as a form of disturbance.
In 2015, 10% of the population reported they felt “somewhat disturbed” or “very disturbed” at home by mobile phone antennas or power lines. Another survey carried out in 2015 showed that many more people are disturbed by the radiation than by the visual appearance of mobile phone transmitters and power lines (gfs-zürich: Univox).
Given that this is a self-reported disturbing effect and the actual impact of the radiation is unknown, it is not possible to evaluate either the state or development of this indicator.
- Related indicators
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The data are based on the “UNIVOX” survey that is carried out once a year by social research institute gfs-zürich. This survey is conducted by telephone and encompasses a broad variety of aspects of environmental pollution, awareness of the environment, environmentally-relevant behaviour and lifestyle. The random sample (2014: N=1,009) meets the criteria of representativeness.
The indicator describes the proportion of all people participating in the survey who feel somewhat disturbed or very disturbed at home due to the proximity of power lines or mobile phone antennas (answers 3 and 4 on a scale of 1 = not disturbed at all through to 4 = very disturbed).