Weighing 5G on the Rational Scale – Is It Worth It?

Weighing 5G

The fifth generation of cellular technology, commonly known as 5G, will bring forth an abundance of possibilities for the digital world. People will easily be able to experience mind-boggling speeds while managing tremendous sizes of data.

That being said, one has to be cautious of all the aspects of such technology. While it does promise sunshine and rainbows, it only makes sense to think about the not-so-pleasing aspects of the technology. To aid you in your decision, we decided to stir up a list of some of the most common advantages and disadvantages of this revolutionary technology. Let’s find out.

What is 5G?

5G has taken over its predecessor, 4G, in the cellular technology industry. The technology claims to be 100 times faster than its predecessor, allowing users to download and upload Gigabits’ worth of files in mere minutes. As an effect, the technology would be much better suited for handling large sizes of data that are the lifeblood of all existing technologies. Industry giants such as Spectrum internet are rapidly promoting their new 5G services, gaining the attention of millions all over the country.

Pros

Let us have a look at some of the appealing aspects of the technology before we get into the unpleasing stuff.

Speed

5G has so far been able to display speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second. This means that the technology is already 10 to 100 times faster than the prevailing 4G technology. This is because 5G technology utilizes relatively shorter frequencies as compared to 4G, which gives it an  additional boost.

Capacity

The primary benefit of 5G technology is its ability to handle huge amount of data. In this world, where real-time access to accurate and authentic data is monumental for every decision, 5G provides the perfect medium for everyone to manage data with either minimal or no data loss.

Smart Possibilities

Smart technology has gradually made way into people’s lives as if it has always been there to begin with. Everywhere we look we are faced with all sorts of smart devices from smartwatches to virtual assistants to fully-automated smart homes. 5G will prove to be a worthy companion for this technology to fully thrive in the coming future.

AR/VR

Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies have proved their potential in numerous industries in terms of their technological capacity. These technologies have been able to enhance medical, military, and commercial processes, creating possibilities for a better understanding of digital aspects. 5G has the potential to fuel these technologies, allowing for a better experience of the virtual space.

Cons

Now that you have a better understanding of what 5G is capable of, let us also have a look at what sort of cost we might have to pay to enjoy these luxuries.

Cyber Security

With growing possibilities, the chances equally grow for hackers and intruders. With almost every device in the home connected to a single blazing-fast network, which is pretty hard to monitor also, unwanted visitors will be much more comfortable tapping into your single home network with all your personal and sensitive data lying around.

Large Scale Deployment

5G technology is still in its early phase – large-scale deployment is still a major factor that includes heavy investments, hardware installation, technical know-how, customer reception and numerous other factors. While some countries may be advanced enough to undertake such evolution, many still lack the basic know-how of taking things a step further.

Health Hazards

5G also poses some serious health concerns. Experts have explained that this new technology will transmit electromagnetic radiation or EMF, which has not yet been experimented with in consumer application. And since almost every device and tower around will be transmitting EMF radiation, avoiding this risk may be potentially impossible

Impact on Nature

The technology claims to enhance our networking capabilities unlike ever witnessed before. This drastic leap forward would require heavy infrastructure installations and landscape restructuring. This entails that green patches would be shaped into technical hubs and trees would be cut down to make way for transmitting towers. This is bound to create an imbalance in the cycle of nature.

Moreover, 5G has the potential to connect a plethora of devices round the clock, with all these devices generating energy and radiation. Energy usage is among the primary factor contributing to climate change. We cannot emphasize enough the fact that the drastic change in climate is already destroying this planet inch by inch.

In Conclusion

Every stage of evolution has its own perks and consequences that it brings along with it. It is up to each and every individual to decide what can be enjoyed at what cost. While 5G does paint a picture of the promised land, the possible side effects of the technology cannot be completely neglected either.

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A bibliophile and a writer at heart, Tina Anderson loves to share her thoughts with the world. She has a natural talent for creating magic with words. Her love for reading makes her an expert on various subjects.

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