Electro-hypersensitivity: The Gadget Allergy

A man hassled a neighbor over his Wi-Fi allergies, and we dismissed him as a member of the tin-foil hat brigade. Now we're reading PopSci's look at the Electro-hypersensitivity—the real deal gadget allergy—and we're feeling sorta like assholes.

The article opens with an anecdote of Per Segerbäck, a serious electro-hypersensitive who lives in a cottage north of Stockholm. He can be rendered unconscious by a single cell phone call.

The sickness stems not from the gadgets themselves but from the electromagnetic radiation they produce; it seeps from phones, computers, televisions, and pretty much anything else that you'd say defines our modern society as modern. Making matters even worse for Segerbäck and the similarly afflicted is that the science on electro-hypersensitivity is far from a consensus.

Still, fainting from a phone call is hard to argue with. Check out PopSci's article for the full story of people who really can't stomach gadgets. [PopSci]