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If you have been around for some time like me, you probably may have heard some myths about technology and some technological devices. By the way am not that old, I’ve just been around for a while.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve been told not to make phone calls at a filling station or you’ve been told that charging your phones and laptops for long can damage the battery.

I believed it and am sure several people out there believed it too. Yeah, we believed a these two and a couple more, but the question always is, how true are they?

This article will take a look at the aforementioned two myths and more to find out which one holds out as true and which one doesn’t.

Mobile phone radiations cause cancer

Radiations are a form of energy that helps in transmissions. Ionizing radiations like the X-ray may cause cellular damage but non-ionizing radiations like radio waves do not cause cellular damage. The radiations found in cell phones belong to the latter so you can be assured the claim is false.

Deleting a file means it’s deleted

When you delete an item from a folder in your computer and go ahead to delete it from the recycle bin, you are rest assured that it is forever deleted right? I’m sorry to burst your burble, you’ve been wrong all along. Deleted actual file is still recoverable, unless you overwrite it on the hard drive itself. Just hope computer hackers don’t get hold of your hard drive, they will recover it. On the contrary, when you accidentally delete vital information from the recycle bin, it can be recovered.

Henry Ford invented the automobile

Have you read from history that Henry Ford came up with the first automobile? This is not correct. The first gasoline-powered cars were invented by two German men, Karl Friedrich Benz (of Mercedes-Benz fame) and Gottlieb Daimler. Both men filed their car patents separately on the same day in 1886. Ford only popularized their invention, beginning with the Model T in 1908.

Mobile phones are dangerous to use at filling stations

Just like we have distilled the myths about phone radiation causing cancer, we are about to distil this one. The signs that you see in filling stations warning people not to use their phones may have caused you to think that phone radiations are likely to cause explosion. Well there is no documentation anywhere that affirms this but then it is safe to keep your phones away.

World Wide Web means Internet

The U.S. Department of Defence founded the Internet in 1958, which broadly comprises both the hardware (servers, computers, etc.) and software that links the world together. While the World Wide Web, was founded in 1989, as a way to transmit data by typing URLs into your browser bar, there are actually ways by which data can be sent across the internet without necessarily using the web.

Leaving your device plugged in will damage its battery

Another common myth is that leaving your computer or phone plugged for many hours may leave your device overcharged, and subsequently damage the battery. This may have been a problem with older batteries, but most devices now contain “smart” lithium ion batteries, that know when they’re full and will stop charging at that point.

Mac computers can’t be infected by viruses

“A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers,” claimed Apple on a promotional website back in early-2012. This marketing campaign led some consumers to incorrectly believe that Macs are immune to computer viruses, period. In truth, Macs are absolutely vulnerable to malicious programmes, just not the ones PC users catch. After buying your Mac computer, you may want to get a recommended anti-virus on it to extend the life of your computer.

Author: Yemi Olarinre