The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has disputed this report, claiming that the article quotes scientific research from 2015 concerning blue light exposure from phototherapy applications.
The level of blue light exposure from phototherapy, referred to in the Daily Mail article, is much higher than the blue light from mobile phones, and therefore is not comparable when considering the biological effects.
ARPANSA expressed concern that the exposure from smartphones had been compared to the same time spent in the sun. Time in the sun results in exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), which is known to be very harmful to the skin, and carcinogenic.
The Daily Mail article is similar to many articles which have been repeated in various news media over the last few years.
ARPANSA points out that there is some evidence that the blue light from mobile phones suppresses the production of melatonin, which contributes to the regulation of sleep and wake cycles. However, the health implications “remain unclear and continue to be the subject of research”.