[6/25/17/ ISABELLA Z] The inexplicable impulse some people have to “overshare” the most mundane details of their lives online is now reaching new lows as one company is now offering people $200 per month for 24/7 broadcasts of their lives. If you thought hearing what your aunt had for breakfast was boring, perhaps watching strangers sit on their sofa and watch TV will be more stimulating?
A company called CamSoda has launched a service allowing ordinary people to broadcast their lives around the clock. Although CamSoda is a webcam platform for adult entertainment, they say that nudity and sex are not required.
Interested parties will have to sign a contract and adhere to some rules, such as not playing audible music and keeping TVs out of the frame. In addition, people who visit streamers’ homes will have to be vetted by CamSoda and sign an agreement. In addition, nothing illegal is permitted on camera, although the fact that they feel the need to stipulate that gives you an indication of the type of participants they are expecting to attract.
Participants, who must be aged 18 or older, will receive a camera rig and three HD 720P webcams. The creepy setup entails placing three webcams provided by the company in different rooms of the house. In addition to paying them $200 per month, the firm will pay the participants’ monthly internet bills.
CamSoda Vice President Darren Press believes that people will be interested in watching this “true depiction of someone’s entire life.” The firm is also testing out a virtual reality camera to make the experience more immersive, allowing viewers to feel like they are in the room with these strangers.
Who would sign up for this?
A lot of people already feel like they are being watched around the clock courtesy of the NSA, so it’s hard to imagine they’ll get too many takers on their offer. While most of us are not desperate enough to willingly give Big Brother unfettered access to our most intimate moments for such a paltry sum, the offer could appeal to one group that is usually pretty open to making some easy cash by whatever means necessary: College students. This is probably exactly what the firm is hoping for, as this crowd also tends to be a little raunchier.
It’s hard to say which group of people warrant more of our concern: Those who are willing to participate in this ridiculous overexposure or those who actually think that watching these attention-hungry people is somehow a better use of their time than, say, going outside for a walk, reading a book, or spending some time with their family. Besides worrying about the mental well-being of those who participate in this ridiculous form of entertainment, there is another big issue to consider: The health effects of all this connectedness.
Wi-Fi poses health risks
Wi-Fi can interfere with your body’s functions in a way that can eventually progress into neurodegenerative diseases and even cancer. While it is difficult for human studies to show a definitive cause-and-effect because they do not have enough years behind them, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has declared wireless radiation to be a possible carcinogen.
Studies on rodents that followed them throughout their lives found that radiation could cause cancer and make it worse in those who already had it. They also had changes in their brain and blood-brain barrier after being exposed to this type of radiation. There is also a lot of anecdotal evidence of people suffering issues like brain fog and headaches when near Wi-Fi.
Some experts advise that people avoid using Wi-Fi if possible or, at the very least, turn it off before going bed, neither of which is an option for those who are live-streaming their every moment for what essentially amounts to pocket change. Yes, the economy is not in great shape right and jobs aren’t that easy for some people to find, but is $200 a month really worth increasing your risk of cancer?