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Technology Myths of the 21st Century

17 Apr 2019 Developer News
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Since humanity invented the light bulb, it has made gigantic technological strides. Today, we can't imagine our lives without technology. Gadgets are everywhere around us. Every day, we see more new devices emerge, and with them multiply all kinds of myths.

Is it safe to keep a smartphone charging overnight? Can you charge an iPhone with an iPad charger? Even though we use smartphones and laptops on a daily basis, we still have a lot of questions about the way they work.

In the 21st century, people think they are so technologically savvy that there’s no room for myths in their life. However, when it comes to tech myths, the reality is quite the opposite. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common technological myths.


Top 10 Myths About Technology


Myth #1

Incognito mode is totally anonymous. For some reason, people think that the words 'incognito' and 'private' are synonymous with ‘total anonymity’. However, the incognito mode in Chrome or private browsing mode in Safari just keep your browsing history off your computer. While these privacy tools might keep individuals with access to your computer (e.g. your kids, friends, partners, etc.,) from seeing your web surfing history, they don’t prevent your Internet provider or the sites you visit from tracking you. So, if you want to buy essay online and hide the fact from your mom, the private browsing mode is exactly what you need!


Myth #2

Password-protected networks are secure. You may create an insanely long and complex password, but a hacker can still decode it using some sophisticated code-cracking tools. It is important to bear in mind that every time you access your email or social network in public places your private info gets compromised. So, how can you boost your safety? By encrypting your data and using virtual private networks (aka VPNs). Since a VPN hides your IP address and encrypts your online activity, it essentially makes sure that your digital fingerprints can’t be tracked.


Myth #3

Apple products need no antimalware software. Apple fans, beware! Macintosh computers are just as prone to viruses as PCs. How come there are fewer viruses for Macs? Well, the most obvious answer is that malware can infect more targets if it’s developed with the most common operating system in mind. According to another theory, the various viruses targeting Windows-powered machines somehow originate from macOS developers.


Myth #4

More megapixels mean a better picture. The quality of a digital picture is defined by the number of pixels and their size. On the one hand, high pixel density ensures finer details. But on the other hand, it means that pixels are very small and produce much noisier images than larger pixels, especially in low light conditions. That is why under the same lighting conditions, an 8-megapixel camera can provide you with better photos than an 18-megapixel one.


Myth #5

Loud sounds can damage your headphones. Some people believe that it is possible to break your headphones by cranking up the volume. However, you can’t listen to music really loud while wearing earphones because you risk damaging your ears. Also, your headphones have an advisable level of watts that you shouldn’t exceed (unless, of course, you’re OK with breaking them). So, if you have a 4-watt device and a pair of earphones with a maximum output of 1 watt, you should not turn the volume all the way up.


Myth #6

It is necessary to shut down a computer. Some people think that turning off a computer can save power and keep the cooling fan from drawing in excessive dust. Also, it is believed that rebooting your PC from time to time can fix some small OS problems or occasional freezes. However, every time you switch your computer on and off you cause stress to your hard drive and power supply unit. So, if you don't want to waste power and damage your PC, you can switch your monitor off or put your computer in hibernation.


Myth #7

Charge your device only when the battery is dead. This myth works only for nickel-cadmium batteries. However, most modern devices use lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries, which eliminates the problem. You can recharge lithium-polymer batteries at your convenience without having to fully discharge them. However, it is worth remembering that regardless of how you use your smartphone battery, it retains a full capacity for about 2-3 years.


Myth #8

Magnets can erase your data. Pen drives or microSD cards do not have anything magnetic inside, so a magnetic field cannot erase or damage your data. And the same goes for hard drives. The only way you can erase data from a hard drive is by overwriting it with new data.


Myth #9

Video games cause stress. A study conducted by scientists from the University of Glasgow revealed that watching TV and video games don’t have any detrimental effect on human behavior. After observing more than ten thousand children over a 10-year period, the scientists concluded that those of them who played video games for about an hour a day were happier than those who didn’t engage in any computer gaming at all.


Myth #10

Cellular phones can trigger cancer. Since the first mobile phone was created, the radiation they give off has been associated with brain cancer. It is known that a high level of ionizing radiation increases the risk of cancer. However, mobile phones emit non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. For cancer to develop in your body, DNA should be significantly damaged. However, non-ionizing radiation is incapable of causing such an effect.


We believe that silly myths should not keep anyone from enjoying their gadgets to the fullest. We do hope our article has been helpful to you!

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