I think one thing we can all agree on in these strange times is that there are a whole lot of conspiracy theories out there. Maybe it’s the fact that many of us are spending more time at home and online, perhaps it’s how easily accessible our mobile devices are (ahem), but regardless of the cause, there are some wild theories based on 5G technology. I’m going to do my best to put an end to them.
When I first set out on this blogging journey, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manage to keep a blog about insurance interesting. Let this be a lesson to all of us, there are incredible, blog-worthy things happening all around us, all the time. Maybe more people should blog? *shrugs*
Okay, so, 5G, as we discussed last time, is chock-full of new and updated technology that will make our old cell phones feel like they’re still using dial-up. Like many new and exciting changes to our world, 5G also has quite the bad rep when it comes to conspiracy theorists. Go ahead, I dare you to google “5G Conspiracy Theories” and not spend hours getting sucked down that rabbit hole.
5G Conspiracy Theory #1 Debunked – No, 5G Does Not Spread The Corona Virus
For some reason, the rollout of 5G and the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic have been intertwined among conspiracy theorists. Call it bad timing on behalf of the 5G deployment, but who could have seen this weird one coming? In all reality, 5G does not spread Corona or worsen symptoms of COVID-19. To be fair, extreme amounts of radio wave exposure isn’t good for anyone, but you won’t get anywhere near those levels using your new 5G enhanced cellular device. So no, 5G didn’t cause COVID-19, nor does it spread the virus. This conspiracy theory seems to be rooted in the belief that areas with 5G coverage have higher cases of COVID-19. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that 5G is being deployed in more densely populated areas, which just so happens to be where a virus like COVID-19 spreads more rapidly.
5G Conspiracy Theory #2 Debunked – No, 5G Can’t Be Used for Mind Control
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. No, there is nothing 5G related that can be used to control people’s minds or movements. 5G is the 5th generation of wireless technology, not an all-powerful world controlling overlord. If I need to go into further details about why this one is debunked, maybe mine is not the right blog for you.
5G Conspiracy Theory #3 Debunked – No 5G Doesn’t Control the Weather
Apparently, this one stems from the thought that 5G satellites occupy the same area of the ionosphere as the HAARP satellites…Again, not really sure how this one got tied into 5G since most cellular transmissions are sent from land-based cell towers, but hey if conspiracy theories are your thing, who am I to stop you? In reality, though, no 5G doesn’t control the weather. I wish it did, but as wild and weird as 2020 has gotten, weather control doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
What is it with conspiracy theories always focusing on the negative side of things? Well, just in case there are some positive magical powers at work behind 5G, I did some additional research. I’m sorry to report that no, 5G won’t make your mother in law like you, no 5G won’t stop you from hitting that mean slice off the tee box, and no…for the last time…5G will not guide the Bears into a Superbowl win this year (or will it?!?)
Again, I want to thank you for reading, and please feel free to comment below on any other crazy theories surrounding 5G that you’ve heard. As always, here’s my playlist as well as a new feature I’m going to start including – my burger of the week.
Keep climbin’ – Cell Tower Joe.
Andromeda – Voyager
Gojira – magma
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Burger of the Week:
The Street Burger from Burger Culture on Dale Mabry in Tampa.
Lettuce, potato sticks, pink sauce, cheddar, grilled pineapple, cilantro aioli