If you watch Anderson Cooper's RidicuList, or have been following the Examiner's Parenting Issues, you may already be aware of the new Huggies campaign for their TweetPee product. If you are not aware of it, you will want to keep reading. Huggies, and by extension our society, has reached a new low in parenting...depending on tweets to tell if babies needs a diaper change!
This is no joke. Huggies is developing an app that detects whether your baby is wet and then sends a tweet to your phone. How absurd!!! Not only is this pure laziness, but it is child neglect (not even paying enough attention to your baby long enough to know IF your baby needs a diaper change!) Technology has already taken over too many aspects of our lives. While some of it is very useful, others are just contributing to the overt laziness many Americans seem to characteristically possess. Case in point, TweetPee. This new product apparently launches in Brasil this July. What a shame.
But the point that I want to emphasize is not the lazy factor, but the danger factor. This little transmitter must be emitting some radiation, if it is electronic and capable of sending a tweet message to your phone. This cannot be good for your little one. I certainly would never put an electronic device near my baby's private arena.
This is a real concern. Consider the controversy around cell phones and whether they cause cancer? If this TweetPee device transmits data in a similar fashion, then it too has the potential to cause cancer. Why on earth would anyone place this near a baby, let alone attach it to the diaper?
According to the National Cancer Institute:
"Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held.
The amount of radiofrequency energy a cell phone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user’s distance from cell phone towers."
And while they also admit that more research is needed...
Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly."
Just because no studies YET have been able to prove the link between extensive technology use and cancer does not mean that there isn't a strong link. Medical science just cannot yet conclusively prove it. Is it worth the risk?
Why do we continue to put our children's health in jeopardy for the sake of our own convenience?!
Frankly, I am shocked and dismayed by this new product and hope Huggies pulls it before it even launches. NO baby needs to be exposed to this app.