This is a closer look at how a communication revolution is also creating social problems in homes, and an individual’s lifestyle. Read on to the end!
Mobile phones are today one of man’s greatest technological inventions. They have not only revolutionized the way human beings communicate and express themselves but have also become simple and affordable.
Although the mobile phone has also been accused of causing addictions, the good sides are clearly more than the bad, as this article will show.
Ever since Graham Bell invented the telephone, communication has not been the same. Today, if you have got a friend or a loved one who has moved away from you, It is no longer a problem staying in touch with them. Calling up grandchildren and keeping in touch, even if they can’t meet them often, has made the lives of Grandparents easier. Crossing over the seven seas to speak to a loved one is now child’s play. The scene just about a decade ago was such that making international calls was a big deal and a matter of expense. Cheaper calls have made communication more affordable and efficient.
Going back to the ‘days of landlines’ where, to attend an important call, we had to cancel our plans and wait back home instead. That is not the case anymore. A cell phone has made communication so feasible that you can actually talk to or at least say a “Hi” to almost all your friends every single day. We now can have endless video conferences which was affordable by only the affluent class just a couple of years ago.
Easy Access to Knowledge. The Internet, which was previously limited to a computer, then graced the laptop and now phones, has made the spread of knowledge and information easy and quick. Now, who needs the newspapers to know about what’s happening in the world? Your cell phone is your most trusted and portable encyclopedia. No More Letters – Just Texts. It will not be wrong to say that writing letters today have become an ancient practice. What people now do is to simply send texts or emails through their phones. In previous times, one would actually spend a day or two in structuring and completing a letter, then spend extra money on mailing it and finally waiting till the letter reaches the desired person. The mobile Phone generation of today will certainly consider this a strenuous activity.
One Stop Shop. Cell phones, especially Smart Phones have everything you need! You can listen to songs, read books, access news, social networking sites and play games – all on your phone. It has in fact changed our very ways of life. From paying your parking, food, shopping bills to credit card transactions, measuring temperature, checking the weather forecast, to taking pictures and videos, painting, drawing, playing your favorite instrument, virtually all these and much more are what this little gadget is capable of.
Essential Source of Spending Downtime. Phones have practically become an essential source of spending time. When you have nothing to do or no one is with you, all you need is your phone to be your companion or the special unit you can do an activity with. Just pick up your phone and either listen to songs, watch movies, call up a friend, check your e-mails or your accounts, click photos, and play games. With all these and more, why would one need anything else?
Phone Numbers Have become Personal Identities: Companies, institutions, and organizations who once needed to take a customer’s or a client’s full address to communicate with them, now only need their phone numbers. They send greetings, invitations, meeting notifications and information directly on your phone. So, your mobile number is your identity.
A Curse? “My phone does not stop ringing, it just doesn’t leave me in peace. Graham Bell, thanks, but, No Thanks!”
The same points that were seen as a boon for cell phones, can also be seen as a curse if excessively used or misused. Now, we don’t need to go out to buy groceries to pay our bills and to go out and play. All we need is a cell phone and we can get the groceries delivered at home, our bills are paid on the dial of a number and we now love to play soccer and pool on our phones. Cell phones have made our lives simpler, but have made us lazier too.
Substitute for tête-à-tête: Not meeting your friends or family face to face, is an easy possibility. Because you interact with them every day on Facebook. Both, you and your loved ones are updated with whatever is happening in each other’s lives, what are you anyway going to talk about when you meet?
A Preferred Companion: Cell phones have almost replaced the need to be around people. It’s not that you don’t want people around you, but that you want to be alone so that you can browse or listen to songs or play games on your phone. We no longer need company, as long as we have our phones with us.
Cultural Shift: A cultural shift has been observed in ethics, and the traditional ways followed. For example: talking while eating was considered as bad manners. However, today it has become a common habit because so much is dependent on cell phones that its untimely and unrestricted use has been accepted worldwide. Talking in a cinema hall or at a funeral was once considered as a disturbance, but today it is overlooked. Mobiles have also replaced the age-old tradition of sending invites by email or a text message.
Shifting Minds from Reality: A recent survey has shown that cell phones are shifting the young minds away from reality. This is because most of their time is spent in texting, chatting or talking on the phone, not allowing them to spend time with books, playing sports, with nature and with real life.
The ‘Black-Apple’ Syndrome: There have been reports of people facing health problems like thumb pain i.e. repetitive stress injuries (RSI) and sleep disorders (like insomnia) because of constant and untimely texting. “Neuro-imaging studies have shown that those kids who are texting have that area of the brain light up, the same as an addict using heroin.” says neuroscientist and sleep doctor, Michael Seyffert.
The New York Times reported that “They (kids) do it late at night when their parents are asleep. They do it in restaurants and while crossing busy streets. The text in the classroom with their hands behind their back. They do it so much their thumbs hurt”. Even after so many reports have been made, teenagers don’t believe that texting can actually have harmful effects.
Other Negative sides of a Mobile Phone: Excessive usage of mobile phones can also contribute to the following diseases: these include Parkinson’s, heart diseases, brain tumors, cancer, blood pressure, headaches and fatigue, weak memory or memory loss problem, bad posture.
Mobile Phone Usage Statistics:
70% of the world’s population have mobile phones.
42% of Americans use mobile phones to overcome boredom.
Two hundred Trillion messages are received every day in America only.
53% of American adults own a smartphone.
44% use their mobile devices to access the Internet.
13% of Americans admit to using their mobile phones to prevent unwanted social interactions.
54% of mobile phone owners send pictures or videos to others.
29% of mobile phone owners turned their handsets off for a period of time just to have a break from it.
90% of Americans use their mobile handsets either for texting or sending pictures.
Finally, drawing a conclusion, we should thank God for the beautiful minds who made our lives easier and more entertaining with the Mobile phone. But then, nothing is good, when done in excess!
I want to also state that the mobile phone in you hand is akin to carrying the world in your hand. What you do with your phone is up to you. The phone can kill and make well, Learning, Entertainment, Moral & Immoral activities are all in your phone.
It’s like a two-edge sword capable of doing anything. Therefore, be mindful of what you do, how you use the mobile phone and social media.
Be in charge of your life or the mobile phone will control who you are, who you socialize with, and how you communicate.
Don’t be addicted to your phone, be in control of your phone. Make money with your phone.
See you at the top!