Well, no. At least, not if you use such arcane forms of evidence as, er, hard scientific evidence.

If, however, you listen to the kinds of people who think that obesity is an 'epidemic' ('I was walking past MacDonalds and the staff dragged me in and force fed me lard burgers'), you might be forgiven for thinking that Wi-Fi is a serious threat to our health.

Indeed, our very own organ has reported on recent occasions where parents and teachers have protested about the perceived dangers of installing Wi-Fi in schools. Which would be laudable if it wasn't for the complete lack of evidence to support such spurious claims, and the huge benefits that wireless could bring to a school.

Wi-Fi is a big deal in the UK. In fact there are more hotspots here than almost anywhere else in the world. (Only Ireland beats us, but then Ireland's not short of pubs and, with a smoking ban in place, they have to have something to entertain them.) It's only going to get more popular, too.

And, while there is some controversy over the safety of prolonged use of mobile phones, scientists say Wi-Fi is perfectly safe. Some people, however, believe it's making them ill.

Let's put those fears into context. In order to absorb the same amount of radiation as you get from using a mobile phone for 20 minutes, you'd have to be in a wireless hotspot, constantly, for a year. Now, I like wasting time on YouTube as much as the next man, but I'm not sure I could manage a year. (Six months top.)

So even if you accept the most damning assessment of the dangers of mobile phone use, I reckon Wi-Fi is pretty inoffensive. I'm not for a second suggesting that we should be blasé about the health risks of new technology, but once you label something as 'dangerous', mud sticks. And if it prevents people being turned on to the joys of constant, wireless internet, that'll be a shame.

This morning, for instance, the BBC ran a report on 'the dangers of Wi-Fi' on its Breakfast News programme. Now I appreciate that it's tricky to fill whole hours of rolling 'news' (and there's nothing wrong with the report), but I wonder how many people who've never before heard of Wi-Fi will now associate it with the words 'health' and 'risk'?

The BBC report can be found here.