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The use, misuse… and abuse of the mobile phone

D. B. N. Murthy



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The use, misuse... and abuse of the mobile phone

D. B. N. Murthy



December 25, 2011 01:58 IST

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December 25, 2011 01:58 IST


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Sometimes, the mobile users are so grossly engrossed in their talk that they forget the world, much to the annoyance of those who are around them.

What is amazing is the extensive use of the mobile/cellphone all over the world. A report suggests that 1,000 new users are being added every minute globally. We in India have an impressive growth rate. It is claimed that about 4 million subscribers jump on the mobile users’ bandwagon every month.

Flaunting a mobile telephone is no longer a status symbol. The ubiquitous shiny device has been lapped up by practically every member of our society, cutting across religion, caste, gender and income groups — domestic help, hawkers, plumbers, doctors, homemakers, teachers, students, journalists, engineers, lawyers, et al.

For some users, there is no life without a mobile phone. They take it wherever they go, including the morning or evening constitutional. During a train or bus journey, one encounters chatters of various phone users. Ringing tones, with options such as the call of a cuckoo or the cry of a baby, and other bizarre tones, could be very disturbing.

Extra buck

For a few mobile users, “Time is money” and they would like to use a mobile phone to make that extra buck. We encountered a doctor who, while examining a patient, got a call on his cell. Without even uttering an excuse, he went out for another consultation, while the patient was cooling her heels in the doctor’s chair, only to return after an hour. Sometimes, the mobile users are so grossly engrossed in their talk that they forget the world, much to the annoyance of those who are around them. Such (ill) ‘manners’ are certainly annoying, to say the least. Though there are regulations about the restrictions on the use of cellphones in banks, public offices, concerts and others places, these are followed more in the breach than the observance.

There is some concern at the radiation and other effects on human beings with prolonged use of mobile phones, especially by young children. There is a code of conduct in the advanced countries that advertisements for mobile phones do not target children. No such code appears to be in place in our country’s industry. The government too has kept its hands off this controversy. However, it would be advisable that children do not use mobile phones for too long.

Those who use gadgets, with all sorts of the latest technology, could easily surf the Internet that contains information and websites not in the interest of children. Also, traffic rules prohibit the use of mobile cell phones while driving. Again, due to the indifferent enforcement of the rule, drivers are exposing themselves as well as others to danger. The long-term ill-effects of using the fingers for prolonged SMS should be kept in mind.

Like any technological invention, the mobile phone has its uses and misuses. No one can deny the fact that a mobile phone is exactly what the doctor ordered in an emergency. The ability to connect with anyone anywhere with a cellphone 24×7 is remarkable. Of late, the mobile phone has come into the limelight and it is being put to use for illegal operations — terrorist attacks, extortions, kidnapping and sex and drug rackets.

Code essential

There has to be a code of conduct for the use of cellphone that has almost become part of a person’s daily life these days. Proliferation of mobile phone use cannot be prevented when the gadget is becoming cheaper and coming with more and more added features while the costs are coming down year after year. Moreover, the service providers are bending over backwards to woo more customers and retain the existing ones. They are offering services, which are ‘irresistible’.

Obsolescence and with that the problem of waste management of old and discarded handsets are issues that need to be tackled urgently. The service providers should be made to ‘buy back’ old sets for recycling.

While the technology of cellphones is improving regularly, we need to inculcate in the users a sense of responsibility. Children and teenagers should be advised by parents and teachers to use the mobile sparingly.

Stricter check

It is no more a fashion to go on SMS for thrills to friends. A stricter check with verification of the personal details of the persons who apply for cell phones should be done before issuing a pre-paid or post-paid mobile connection. In case of any crime connected with the mobile users, the service providers should volunteer to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities to help in nabbing the culprits.

(The writer’s email ID is: [email protected])

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Advantages and disadvantages of cell phone

 

      Has it happened to you that sometimes you go out but forgot your cell phone at home and so you’re not feeling complete. There’s a feeling somewhere inside that you’re missing something, a sense of insecurity sometimes prevails… welcome to the world of cell phone addiction!

      Cell phones are having a great influence in our live and are very convenient to keep with us. Cell phones are a faster and more effective way to transfer information. Indeed, it is a resource that gives its user’s great advantages.

      They say, if something is of great utility (usage, etc), it will surely have its own problems as well; cell phones are no exception.

      In earlier times cell-phone used to be a craze, symbol of money and success but nowadays even kids find it a neccessity of life.

      I would want to list some quick good and bad things about a typical cell phone. The list is not typical to any phone, just a generalization.


Advantages
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  • The more you talk, the more you know how to talk and the better your communication skills become. This is applicable if you’re a sensible person and keep note of your interacting habits over the phone. It can be a communication tutorial!
  • Nothing more than a cell phone comes to great help in emergency. You are driving by the freeway and the vehicle jams and cell phone comes to your rescue. You are stuck in a lone place, again call somebody and ask for directions.
  • Parents can be a little less worried about their kids by being in constant touch with them.
  • If you’re a net-savvy, you can have Internet handy all the time and anywhere the signal of your cell phone provider can reach.
  • Trendy and stylish cell phones can be used as a bait to receive attention. It can be part of fashion and styling.
  • From the industy and economy point of view, cell phone companies (communication industry) is florishing with market capital in billions. This is a good thing for the economy to be smooth and healthy.
  • Companies find it yet another medium to advertise their products; so another medium to reach the consumers.
  • Nowadays, cell phones are not just phone calls; they’re about messaging, vidoe, songs, games, alarm clock, notes, calendar, reminder, etc. So one equipment, lots’ of uses!
  • Although cell phone use can be dangerous while driving but sometimes it can be a time-saver – you are driving and simultanesouly discussing some urgent matter as well. A sensible and only urgent usage during driving can be a great help at times.


Dis-advantages
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  • Some people (especially teens) get so much addicted to cell phones for talking, video, messaging, games, etc that they forget the real purpose of the phone and waste large part of their time in unnecessary interaction over their cell phones.
  • Nothing more can be a distraction for a teached in the classroom, when a student’s phone rings. Cell phones are increasingly becoming a problem for the schools during classroom hours and are becoming a means of cheating during examinations and other kinds of ability tests. All this is really bad and does hurt the future of the student, who doesn’t realize that he/she is him/her-self responsible for it.
  • Health of those living in the vicinity of cell phone towers is becoming a growing concern. Towers result into an area with concrete development along with destruction of natural features (vegetation etc) around the place. The towers also emit strong electromagnetic signals, which can be health hazard for those living nearby and who are getting exposed to strong radiations continuously during a good span of their lives.
  • While remaining in touch is good thing but sometimes it becomes annoying to have to deal with continuous incoming phone calls. You are on a vacation and your boss calls up, how does that sound!
  • Cell phone monthly bills are usually more than a landline bill. Sometimes, we may not require to have a cell phone but we still buy one and start paying monthly bills; so it increases our monthly/recurring expenses.
  • Use of hands-free (wired/blue-tooth) can at times pass on loud sounds to our ears which can result in weakening of ear-drums. Nowadays, one can download lot’s of songs, so keeping the hands-free glued inside your ears for long hours can really affect the sensitivity of ears in the long run of life.
  • There have been cases of cell phone blasts, due to the excessive heating up of it’s battery. This can be a fatal issue; although rare.
  • No joke, the surface of a cell phone has millions of bacteria and virus on it and that can be a strong reason of immediate skin problem on face or can result into other internal infections wherein the microbes creep inside the body through mouth or other openings.
  • Some use the keypad excessively; due to size restrictions the buttons and keypad of the cell phone are not natural for human hands; so excessive and prolonged typing can be an issue for fingers and finger joints.
  • The continuous exposure of signal to and from our cell phone can be a cancer concern, although to a meagre amount- research is still going on. However, the mobile phone industry has long resisted any suggestion of a link to cancer, though it accepts that mobile phone radiation does affect the electrical activity in the brain.
  • The battery parts and other electonic parts of a cell phone can be environmental hazard if not disposed off properly through approved means.
  • A cell phone can be helpful while driving and talking in case of urgent matters but increasingly it is becoming cause of accidents because it deviates the attention of a driver; human brain can do only one thing at a time (however small span of time it may be).
  • It can be a big time distraction and nuisance in calm and silent places like libraries, cinemas, restaruants, etc. Some cell phone users lose the sense of deciding when and where they can talk on the cell phone and where they can’t, without slightest consideration for the fellow beings around.
  • The mobile phone advertisements through messages are becoming a pain for the cell phone users.
  • Your SIM can be exploited as tracking device and if you’re an important person then that can be a big concern for you.

      Having said all about cell phones, I think they are one of the biggest boons humanity ever had. If used properly and sensibly, cell phone can be a wonderful piece of utility in life and most of its disadvantages will simply be insignificant.


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Thanks for such lessons

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It’s totally depends on you how you use a cellphone… Thanks for sharing a good article on Mobiles… 🙂

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This device helps in many ways. At the same time we experience the worst of miscommunication, social meetings, bounding, and families separated over the phone. We spend more time on phone instead spending with our near and dear ones.

However these advantages and disadvantages of cell phone depend on the user’s behavior. I suggest people read an interesting article athttp://www.publicdebate.in/mobile-phones-blessing-curse/

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